Among nature’s most beautiful wonders, U.S. waterfalls come in all shapes and sizes, from serene cascades to mighty cataracts. A favorite of photographers, hikers, and vacationers, the visual beauty of waterfalls and their natural surroundings is not their only appeal. The sound of the falling water — whether a melodic trickle or a thunderous roar — also draws visitors looking to escape from their hectic everyday lives. The U.S. Postal Service celebrates its variety and beauty with these 12 new stamps.
Send a Serene Setting With Your Next Letter or Card
The U.S. Postal Service recently unveiled 12 new Waterfall Forever stamps at the Canyon Visitor Education Center in Yellowstone National Park.
“The Postal Service is proud to celebrate the natural world through our stamps, and these gorgeous new stamps will bring the beauty of these waterfalls to millions of people who will see them on the cards and letters they receive in their mailboxes,” said Michael J. Elston, Secretary of the Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service, who served as the stamps’ dedicating official.
Just Like America’s Diverse Lands, So Are Its Waterfalls
A waterfall is part of a river or stream where its flow pours over a near-vertical rocky ledge or cliff of some height before reaching rocks or a pool below. Waterfalls can be classified by volume, height, and width; another popular method is by type, based on how the water falls.
No Matter Their Type, They are All Beautiful
One of the most familiar types is the plunge, where the stream falls vertically without making contact with the underlying cliff face; sometimes, there are caverns behind the falls carved by earlier erosion. As the name suggests, a fan waterfall resembles the shape of a fan as the flow spreads down the rocks.
Other types include the cascade, which breaks into smaller falls as the water descends over a slope of rocks and boulders, and the cataract, where large amounts of fast-moving water plummet over a cliff to create a waterfall of great size and power.
Will You Fall In Love With The Latest Stamp Collection?
Featuring a dozen designs, the stamp collection features photographs of just a few of the 17,000 waterfalls in the United States.
Deer Creek Falls (Grand Canyon National Park, AZ)
This waterfall plunges 180 feet into a pool at its base. On foot, it is a strenuous hike for experienced desert backpackers, but it is also accessible as a stopping place on rafting trips along the Colorado River.
While Grand Canyon’s Havasu Falls might be more well-known, don’t overlook this stunning one as well.
Nevada Fall (Yosemite National Park, CA)
Nevada Fall is one of the hundreds of waterfalls in Yellowstone that draw people to this West Coast National Park. It flows next to Liberty Cap, a dramatic granite dome, and drops 594 feet along the mountainside.
The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River (Yellowstone National Park, WY)
Don’t let its name fool you. The Lower Falls has a 308-foot drop nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls. The sheer volume of water that descends from its cliffs makes it one of the most powerful waterfalls in America.
Yellowstone Is Full of So Much Beauty
“Yellowstone features a plethora of diversity in its natural wonders, like geysers and wildlife, and one of the most breathtaking features of the park is its waterfalls. A not-to-miss location is The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River from Artist Point,” says Mikkel Woodruff.
“You experience all the wonderful forces of nature when you’re in the presence of the falls and Yellowstone River Canyon surrounding it. Hearing the river and seeing the beauty of Yellowstone River’s water as it flows – and falls – from a calm blue to rushing white, back to jewel blue, makes an everlasting impact as you take in the colorful beauty before you.”
Waimoku Falls (Haleakala National Park, HI)
While many Maui visitors go to Haleakala National Park for sunrise or sunset at the peak, don’t overlook the rest of the park’s beauty. Waimoku Falls , with its dramatic 400-foot drop down sheer lava rock, is one of the park’s great highlights. Just don’t forget the bug spray!
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Waimoku Falls is like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It’s a beautiful 400-foot waterfall that’s an absolute beauty to see. However, for an up close view, you’ll need to take a two-mile hike on Pipiwai Trail,” said Karee Blunt. “Part dirt/mud trail, part boardwalk, this hike takes you through the heart of an incredible bamboo forest before arriving at the foot of the falls. It’s one of my favorite things to do in Maui!”
Stewart Falls (Mount Timpanogos Wilderness, UT)
If you’ve only been to the desert-scapes of Utah, take some time to explore Mount Timpanogos Wilderness. Stewart Falls breaks into two tiers and is more than 200 feet tall. Also known as Stewarts Cascades, it is a moderate, slightly steep hike along a lovely forest trail on the east side of Mount Timpanogos.
Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls State Park, NY)
Niagara Falls is one of North America’s natural wonders and perhaps the most famous waterfall. Its force is enormous: 3,160 tons of water flows over the falls every second and supplies electricity to Ontario, Canada.
It’s a Bucket List Trip for So Many Generations of Travelers
“Niagara Falls is an incredible experience; the pictures do not do it justice. As much as I enjoyed watching from afar, go to Cave of the Winds, where you can stand nearly 20 feet from Bridal Veil Falls, making the experience more memorable.”
We also enjoyed Journey Behind the Falls both for getting close to the falls but also seeing it from a different perspective. It humbles you and makes you realize how amazing nature is,” said Jon Dulin, Founder of Money Smart Guides.
Harrison Wright Falls (Ricketts Glen State Park, PA)
Ricketts Glen State Park has been described as a waterfall mecca with 24 across its land. Harrison Wright Falls drops 27 feet over a rock ledge, where it spreads to create a curtain-type fall flowing into a large pool at the base.
One hour from Scranton, it’s a perfect day trip and dog-friendly.
Dark Hollow Falls (Shenandoah National Park, VA)
If you plan a vacation to Washington, D.C., add a Shenandoah Valley road trip to your itinerary. As you head west on I-66, stop at the historic Manassas National Battlefield Park and Skyline Caverns. Stay at family-friendly four-season resorts, inns, or romantic bed & breakfasts to explore nearby Shenandoah National Park, including Dark Hollow Falls. It plunges 70 feet over a series of drops, and it is one of the countless landmarks in Virginia’s first national park.
Grotto Falls (Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN)
In 2021, Great Smoky Mountains National Park received more than three times the number of visitors at Grand Canyon National Park, the fourth most visited park. And bonus, this vacation spot is less than a day’s drive for most Americans.
Go pack up the car and head out to explore this part of the country that got its name from the thick fog often lingers in the forested ridges, embuing them with a smoky, alluring aura. Make sure to see the 25-foot Grotto Falls, the only one in the park with a hiking trail behind the veil of falling water.
Sunbeam Falls (Mount Rainier National Park, WA)
Plan a late spring trip to Mount Rainier National Park to see Sunbeam Falls. While not high, it features picturesque cascades of water flowing over rock ledges and is most impressive when fed by snowmelt.
LaSalle Canyon Waterfall (Starved Rock State Park, IL)
Las Salle Canyon Waterfall features a 25-foot fall that allows access behind its water curtain. In winter, it freezes into beautiful and alluring shapes along the rocks. So matter the time of year, take a day trip or side trip to see a part of Illinois that feels like you’re in another state.
Upper Falls (Blue Ridge Parkway, NC)
Seeing Upper Falls requires a moderate to difficult hike from the parkway. The 60-foot waterfall descends the steep rock face, sending out sprays supporting many ferns and flowers.
Located southwest of popular getaway spot Ashville, add it to your road trip!
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