26 incredible waterfalls to visit in your lifetime

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Thanks to its shape, visitors can get right underneath Romania’s Bigar Waterfall.
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Waterfalls project the beauty and power of nature in ways that can leave a visitor in awe.

Some cascade lightly into trickling streams while others harness a speed and height that is simply mesmerizing.

We’ve put together a collection of 26 waterfalls from around the world that provide travelers with surreal scenery, incredible size, or unique shapes that won’t be found anywhere else.

From the fairy tale-like setting of Romania’s Bigar Waterfall to Minnesota’s Minnehaha Falls, which freeze over into sublime formations in the winter, here are 26 waterfalls to cross off your bucket list.


Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the border between Ontario, Canada and the United States. The falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m).

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Marvel at over 270 incredible waterfalls found in the Iguazu Falls — which mark the border between the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones. You can even take a boat ride underneath them to gaze up at the breathtaking site.

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Angel Falls—also known as Salto Ángel—in Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, is the world’s highest waterfall at a height of 3,212 feet.

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The Havasu Falls, located in the Havasupai Reservation of Coconino County at the southwest corner of the Grand Canyon National Park, are known for their clear blue waterfalls adorned with travertine columns. Hidden amidst the popular Grand Canyon, they’re not as nearly as crowded as the park considering the eight mile hiking trail you’ll need to take to Supai Village.

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The 53-foot-high Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota, tumbles over a ledge of limestone and sandstone along Minnehaha Creek. Thanks to Minnesota’s cold winters, Minnehaha Falls often freezes over in the winter, creating a spectacular wonder of nature that tourists often go to explore.

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Croatia’s largest park—the Plitvice Lakes National Park—is home to 16 lakes that connect to one another via a series of stunning waterfalls and cascades. The waters carve through the rocks in changing formations, all of which can be admired from the many footbridges and pathways in the park.

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Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, is located between Selfoss and Skógafoss, in a lush green field. The cascading waterfall drops 200 feet down from into a pool below and has an area where visitors can admire it from behind while camping or hiking through its trails.

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Victoria Falls, which borders Zambia and Zimbabwe, is considered the greatest curtain of falling water in the world as columns of water plummet over the edge into a gorge over 300 feet below. Travelers can catch incredible views through the Devil’s Pool—a natural infinity pool in the falls—or through the area’s bridges.

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Caracol Falls, located in the Caracol State Park, Brazil, was formed by the Caracol River and is the second most popular natural tourist attraction in Brazil after the Iguazu Falls. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views of the waterfall through a nearby observation tower and cable car.

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In February, visitors flock to Horsetail Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, to admire the rare phenomenon that occurs when the angle of the setting sun displays colors of reds and oranges against the water. The lighting makes it seem as if a fire is cascading down the cliffs of the shoulder of El Capitan.

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The Detian Waterfall forms part of the Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, which border China and Vietnam. At its 656-foot-wide bluff, the Detian Waterfall has a 229-foot drop and creates roars that visitors can hear from kilometers away. Early in the morning, sunshine combined with the mist from the waterfall creates lovely rainbows visitors can observe.

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The Dudhsagar Waterfall is located in Goa, India, and measures close to a whopping 2,000 feet from head to foot. Near the top of the falls, a railway line offers excellent views from the train and several pools allow for swimming, making it a great summer stop.

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Gásadalur, located on Vágar in the archipelago of the Faroe Islands, has an incredible waterfall next to its village which photographers often travel to thanks to its stunning beauty.

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At a height of 365 feet, Bridal Veil Falls, located in Telluride, Colorado, are the tallest free falling falls in the state. Visitors hike, bike, and four-wheel drive around the falls to explore their beauty, and in the winter it often freezes over into large ice formations.

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The Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall in Iceland channels the melting glacier water of Snæfellsjökull. Though not very large in size, the waterfall often offers majestic views of the Northern Lights.

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The Baatara gorge sinkhole is a waterfall in Tannourine, Lebanon, which drops 837 feet into a cave of Jurassic limestone on the Lebanon Mountain Trail. Three natural formed bridges, each rising one above the other, can be found in the abyss into which the waterfall drops.

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The Palouse Falls, located in Washington’s Palouse Falls State Park, have been dubbed the official state waterfall since 2014. At a height of 198 feet and surrounded by dramatic basalt cliffs, the waterfall is one of the lasting remnants of the glacial floods that took place at the end of the last ice age.

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Izvorul Bigăr, or the Bigar Waterfall, is located in the Anina Mountains of the Mini River in Romania and looks like a scene out of a fairy tale. The rounded waterfall cascades over a lush carpet of moss and includes small streams that flow down, allowing visitors to stand underneath its beauty.

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Nugget Falls (also known as Nugget Creek Falls or Mendenhall Glacier Falls) drops 377 feet into two different tiers downstream onto a sandbar in Mendenhall Lake, a freshwater pool at the face of the Mendenhall glacier.

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Gullfoss, located in the river Hvítá, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. When visitors first approach the falls, the crevice into which they fall is obscured, making it seem as if the river is vanishing into the earth.

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Hawaii’s Wall of Tears is located in Maui and consists of 17 different waterfalls that flow down a cliff. Though stunning, it is often one of the lesser-known waterfalls within the state since it is hidden within the Maui Mountains. It is best observed via a helicopter ride.

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About four times the height of Niagara Falls, the Kaieteur Falls, located in Kaieteur National Park, Guyana, is one of the tallest and most powerful waterfalls in the world. Since travelers often visit in small groups, it rarely gets crowded to allow tourists the ability to marvel at its breathtaking power.

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Idaho’s Shoshone Falls are located at the edge of Twin Falls at the Snake River and stand at a height of 212 feet (making them higher than the Niagara Falls). With playgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp, and swimming areas, the falls offer visitors a variety of activities to enjoy.

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Sutherland Falls in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park has three different cascades that reach as tall as 815 feet and a total drop height of 1,904 feet. The three fall in such quick succession that they appear to be one long drop.

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Cascada de Ventisquero Colgante (or Hanging Glacier Falls) is located in Chile’s Queulat National Park and is formed by the melting waters of the Ventisquero Colgante. The waters fall into one of two paths.

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Svartifoss is located in Skaftafell, in the Vatnajökull National Park of Iceland. The majestic waterfall sits surrounded by black basalt formations that give it its name as the Black Fall.

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