Whether it’s a thin stream catapulting over an impossibly high hill, or a cascade of water barreling with incredible power over a lower rocky ledge, the beauty of these natural features is impossible to deny. Read on to see pictures of some of the most gorgeous and intriguing waterfalls across the world. Who knows, you might find inspiration for your next vacation!
1. Gullfoss, Iceland
This mighty glacier-fed falls is named for the glacial sediment in its waters, which look like gold when hit by the sun.
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2. Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
This gorgeous waterfall, which is located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, flows into an impossibly turquoise pool.
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4. Snoqualmie Falls, Washington
This 268-foot waterfall is a huge Washington state attraction, and was featured in the Twin Peaks television series.
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3. Mooney Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
These falls, also located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, tumble into limpid travertine pools.
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5. Palouse Falls, Washington
Palouse, located in the sere badlands of Washington, is the state’s official waterfall.
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6. Ban Gioc – Detian Falls, Viet Nam & China
These falls lie on the border between Viet Nam and China, and are the fourth-highest border falls in the world.
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7. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
A series of sparkling travertine lakes in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Plitvice Lakes National Park are joined by picturesque waterfalls that draw over a million visitors a year.
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8. Victoria Falls, Zambia
These mighty falls are considered to be the largest in the world.
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9. Iguazú Falls, Argentina & Brazil
These massive falls are also on the border between two countries, and are one of the largest in the world.
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10. Horseshoe Falls, Canada
Horseshoe Falls are part of the Niagara Falls system, and another border falls between two countries (US and Canada).
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11. Angel Falls, Venezuela
Narrow Angel Falls is the highest uninterrupted falls in the world, plunging over 2,000 feet.
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12. Weeping Wall, Hawaii
This collection of waterfalls on the island of Kauai tumble down the lush slopes of Mount Waialeale.
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13. Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California
This stunning waterfall is known for a phenomenon called “Firefall,” which happens in February when the sun hits it and turns it a glowing red.
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14. Waimoku Falls, Hawaii
A boardwalk leads through a giant bamboo forest to these Maui falls, which were featured in the movie “Jurassic Park”.
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15. Shoshone Falls, Idaho
This massive falls is called “The Niagara of the West,” and is one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States.
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Hiilawe Falls, Hawaii
This seasonal waterfall on the Big Island is Hawaii’s tallest, dropping over 1400 feet into the Waipio Valley.
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17. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Breathtaking Seljalandsfoss, located on Iceland’s Ring Road, is an must-see tourist attraction.
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18. Niagara Falls, New York
These massive falls, which straddle the US-Canada border, are a must-see American natural attraction due to their size and power.
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19. Chitrakoot Falls, India
Due to these falls’ size, power, and horseshoe shape, they are often referred to as “The Niagara of India”.
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20. Yumbilla Falls, Peru
The fifth-tallest waterfall in the world, Yumbilla cascades over a high cliff in the Amazonas cloud forest into a plunge pool.
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21.Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
The tallest falls in New Zealand are located near the famed Milford Sound.
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22. Alamere Falls, California
These falls, in the Point Reyes National Seashore, are a rare phenomenon called a “tidefall”—they tumble straight into the ocean.
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24. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Located in the Amazon rainforest, Kaieteur Falls is the largest single-drop waterfall in the world, by volume.
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24. Jim Jim Falls, Australia
These spectacular seasonal falls can only be viewed by air when they flow during the wet season.
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25. Multnomah Falls, Oregon
This high, awe-inspiring cascade in the Columbia River Gorge is an iconic Oregon tourist attraction.
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Elves’ Chasm, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
This charming waterfall, only accessible via the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, tumbles through red rocks into a deep pool below.
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27. Vøringfossen, Norway
It isn’t anywhere near the tallest waterfall in Norway, but spectacular Vøringfossen is a must-visit tourist attraction.
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28. Trümmelbach Falls, Switzerland
This series of 10 glacier-fed waterfalls are accessible via a vintage funicular, a cable railway built into the surrounding mountains’ steep slopes.
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29. Luoping Waterfall, China
These waterfalls in Yunnan Province are another series of 10, which cascade into a vividly colored pool.
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30. Lower falls of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park
This roaring cascade is probably Yellowstone’s best-known waterfall, which plummets into the Yellowstone River’s Grand Canyon.
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