Best Waterfalls in the World: The Beauty and Power of Water
Offering some of the most majestic and awe-inspiring views, waterfalls are indeed 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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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. Victoria Falls is known as the “greatest curtain of falling water in the world.”
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 also to 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 famous 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.
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.
Coming in at the fourth highest waterfall in the world, the water from Nohkalikai Falls drops a staggering 1,100 feet. Best seen during the monsoon season, Nohkalikai Falls is spectacular year around. Located near Cherrapunjee, India, it is one of the great sites of the area and a natural choice for this list of the best waterfalls in the world.
Fed by melting water from a glacier-capped volcano, it doesn’t get much cooler than Seljalandsfoss. The cliffs that the water cascades over allows for walking behind the waterfall, which offers a spectacular viewpoint of the falls and the area around. In the summer you will be able to take in different wildflowers that bloom and thrive around the waterfall as well.
Jog falls fueled by the Sharavathi River is a combination of several different falls, the Roarer, Raja, Rocket, and Rani. The power of the river and the large amount of water coming over the falls is awe-inspiring to see. During the monsoon season, you can see the true power of the water coming over the different falls.
You don’t typically think of seeing a waterfall at the beach, but with Alamere Falls in California, you have precisely that. The water generates from Alamere Creek and ends of falling over the coastal bluffs right onto the beach, an impressive sight to see. It requires a 13-mile round trip to access Alamere Falls, but it will be worth the time and effort when you get to look at the natural beauty of the falls.
Known as the “Niagara of the West,” Shoshone Falls is located in Southern Idaho and gets its water from the Snake River. At 212 feet, the falls are magnificent to see, especially after the winter snow melt. Including a lake that you can swim and boat in, and plenty of activities like hiking, picnicking and playing on the playgrounds, Shoshone Falls easily rounds out as one of the top waterfalls in the world.
Located in Yosemite National Park, Bridalveil Falls is 617 feet high and is aptly named after a brides veil because of the similarity in looks as the water cascades down the falls. With a paved trail leading up the falls, you will be able to easily get up nice and close for great viewing and pictures. Best seen in early spring, Bridalveil Falls is sure to impress. And, being part of a National Park, you will be able to explore all of the other great areas that Yosemite offers, even another waterfall that is on this list.
It doesn’t get more scenic than Staubbach Falls setting the background over the small Swiss village of Lauterbrunnen. In the summer the warm winds swirl the waters around and cause the waters to spray in all directions. Staub translated means dust, and that is why it is named Staubbach Falls. Also, if you want to get a bang for your buck when it comes to seeing waterfalls, Staubbach Falls is just one of the seventy-two waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Ouzoud means “olives,” which is fitting because of all of the olive trees that line the water’s edge. The Ouzoud Falls is 110 meters high and falls into two smaller drops that produce the hundreds of falls and pools that the water passes through and over on the way down the gorge. This elaborate display of nature in waterfall form impresses visitors from near and far. With walking paths all around the falls, you will be able to experience the view of the falls from different vantage points.
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, make 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. You will get your fill of nature at Angel Falls.
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. Many restaurants and casinos surrounding the falls also make for a fun-filled time.
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 many rare bird species.
Best Waterfalls in the World Conclusion
There is nothing quite like viewing the power and force of water. Combine that with having it fall from hundreds of feet in the air, and you have something that is truly breathtaking to witness.
It was hard for us to narrow this list of the best waterfalls in the world down as much as we did, and I am sure we will have to add a few more in the future, but hopefully, you have a few new waterfalls to add to your bucket list of places to visit.