Offering some of the most majestic and awe-inspiring views, waterfalls are truly one of nature’s masterpieces. In this list of the best waterfalls in the world we detail some of the highest and prettiest waterfalls from across the globe.
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List of the Best Waterfalls in the World
Located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls has been featured in many an action movie. The long narrow drop that approximately half of the falls flows into is known as Devil’s Throat and provides a particularly spectacular scene. While most of the falls are on the Argentinian side, both sides offer walkways that allow close up views of the falls.
Part of the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls is truly an impressive waterfall. With more than 500 million cubic meters of water plummeting over the 100 meter drop every minute, the spray from the falls can be seen from miles around.
Multnomah Falls, Oregan
Just a thirty-minute drive from Portland, Multnomah Falls is over 600 feet of roaring, cascading water. The beauty of the falls can be experienced up close, making it great for those looking for the perfect photo op. Be sure to also visit the Multnomah Falls Lodge where you can enjoy delicious Northwest cuisine and great views of the falls.
Known for producing rainbows in front of the falls, Skogafass is a popular waterfall along the south coast of Iceland. At over 60 meters wide the falls are a truly speculator visual experience. And, and if there are favorable sun conditions, be sure to have your camera ready to capture the gorgeous rainbows.
While Yosemite Falls only flows for part of the year (approximately November through July), the three separate falls of Yosemite combine to make this waterfall one of the tallest in the world. Hiking trails also allow visitors to hike to the top of Yosemite Falls, allowing an even more impressive viewpoint.
Ban Gioc Falls
Situated in North Vietnam, the striking karst landscape of the region provides an otherworldly appearance to Ban Gioc Falls. Caves and limestone peaks add to the allure of this waterfall, and the ever present mist ensures an air of mystery.
One of the most well-known waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss is fed by Iceland’s second biggest glacier. The unique shape of the falls, coupled with the striking two tiers, and regular appearances of rainbows, makes Gullfoss a must-see.
Located in a pristine Guyanese rainforest, Kaieteur Falls is hailed by many as the tallest single-drop waterfall (741 feet). Additionally, when coupled with a series of sheer cascades the fall’s total height is an impressive 822 feet.
A part of Canaima National Park in Venezuela, Angel Falls free falls almost 980 meters. As part of a national park, the falls are the perfect place to enjoy not only dramatic waterfalls, but lakes, rivers, forests, and savannahs.
Best enjoyed from the Canadian side, Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls that straddle both the United States and Canada. For a close up view walkways lead behind the falls and in season boat rides are available. A number of restaurants and casinos surrounding the falls also make for a fun-filled time.
Near Milford Sound in New Zealand the 580 meter Sutherland Falls is a powerful mass of pounding energy. To best appreciate the strength and beauty of this fall a close up view is a must.
The Waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park
With a series of natural travertine dams creating a number of lovely waterfalls, Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia has some of the prettiest waterfalls around. The surrounding forests in the park also display a wide variety of animals, including a number of rare bird species.