30 fantastical waterfalls around the world


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Whether a 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.

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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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