Waterfalls are one of the most sought-after sights in the world. Travelers are constantly chasing the next waterfall and for good reason. They are beautiful little pieces of nature that are usually found hidden within and around some amazing hikes and swims. Each waterfall is totally different. Some are easy to reach while some are found after miles of hiking. Some are pretty small while some showcase massive amounts of water and height. However, one thing that they all have in common is their ability to take anyone’s breath away. Keep reading to find out where the world the most iconic waterfalls exist.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls is one of the most well-known waterfalls in the world, especially due to its’ position right on the American-Canadian border. It is not the largest waterfall in the world, but it does have the highest flow rate- meaning the most water passing through. Niagara Falls is made up of three large waterfalls in the Niagara River. There are often boat tours that take visitors close enough to the falls to get covered in the mist. The Falls can be viewed from the town of Niagara, Ontario on the Canadian side or from the town of Niagara Falls, New York on the American side.
Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a worldwide sensation, known for its stunning blue lakes and deep green forests. The park has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979, and one of its crowning attractions is the beautiful waterfalls inside. Rather than just one waterfall, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is full of a connected and intricate web of waterfalls coming off the tallest cliff faces. It’s definitely a place best visited throughout a couple of days when you can really explore the park and hike in the presence of the unique falls for as long as possible.
Yosemite Falls, California
Yosemite National Park is well-known for its stunning views of incredibly high cliff faces and mountain ranges. However, the incredible park is also home to Yosemite Falls, a small but striking waterfall. It’s found high up on a cliff face- over 2,000 feet- making for a beautiful view from the ground of all the water tumbling down.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls takes the record of being the world’s tallest waterfall, and it sure is an unbelievable sight to see. The cliff’s edge is over 3,000 feet tall, found on Auyan-tepui mountain. The falls are also found within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canaima National Park. However, traveling to Angel Falls is one of the more difficult waterfall adventures. It’s much more worth it to visit in the wet season, from June to December, when more water is flowing. The falls are found deep in an isolated jungle, so getting a guided tour starting from Canaima camp is absolutely necessary.
Victoria Falls, Zambia
With all dimensions considered, Victoria Falls is the biggest waterfall in the world. Not to mention, it’s also regarded as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It’s about twice as tall as Niagara Falls and even offers a large pool at its base where travelers can cool off and take a swim.
In conclusion, there are always waterfalls to check out, no matter where you go. However, there are some waterfalls that just can’t be missed around the world. Everyone has their own experiences with each waterfall and the surrounding area and country. It’s all about learning to appreciate the incredible and unique view of tumbling water even after a long climb or a hard hike to get there.