This study examines one type of experience that is sought by those who go to resort and commercial recreation sites that capitalize on a unique natural environment. This study seeks to explain how Niagara Falls, as an example of a highly commercialized and exploited natural attraction, can provide visitors with a spiritual experience and, thereby, take on a sacred character. Site characteristics that contribute significantly and positively to these subjects' perception of Niagara Falls as a sacred site include its reputation as a 'must visit sometime in your life' destination. Niagara Falls is a traditional destination for honeymooners (first or subsequent), but it has a longer history and ranks higher as a significant nature pilgrimage site.
Brayley, Russell E.
"Finding Sacredness in the Profane--The Niagara Falls Experience,"
Visions in Leisure and Business: Vol. 18:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/visions/vol18/iss2/2