Is there anything that combines the dichotomy of ferocity and grace better than a waterfall? The sheer power created is something to behold, and is quite often the highlight of an mountainous hiking experience. This year grab your camera and a waterproof jacket, and seek out these 17 spectacular water displays.
Angel Falls – Canaima National Park, Venezuela
Water from the Churum river flows over the edge of Auyantepuy mountain at a height of 979 meters (3,212 ft). Angels Falls is the world’s tallest waterfall standing at 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.
Gullfoss – Iceland
Gulfoss is a three-tiered, zig-zag waterfall into a 70 meter high canyon in South Iceland. Rainbows are present on sunny afternoons, but for a true treat, visit during the winter, where the surrounding snow creates a real life winter wonderland. Live camera of the waterfall.
Yosemite Falls – Yosemite National Park, California, United States
Yosemite National Park is home to many fantastic sights, including countless waterfalls, but none are more mind-blowing than the three-tiered falls created by Yosemite Creek. Hike the 7 mile historic trail for one of nature’s best workouts! Streaming view of the falls.
Virginia Falls – Nahanni National Park, Northwest Territories, Canada
A segmented water fall is present as Mason’s Rock is nature’s natural defiant barrier in the middle of the of the South Nahanni river. A short hike of 1.5 miles from the parking lot will take you to the center.
Jim Jim Falls – Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
A plunge water fall creates the best Australia has to offer located in Northern Australia. A rare combination of red rock, green trees and white sand, make the Jim Jim falls a must-see!
Victoria Falls – Zambia/Zimbabwe Border
One of CNN’s Seven Natural Wonders of The World, the Victoria Falls are one of the largest waterfalls in the world. At it’s highest output, the falls create an unbroken sheet of water more than a mile in width. RadTip: Visit Devil’s Pool, natures own version of an infinity pool, for a true hair-raising experience.
Kaieteur Falls – Kaieteur National Park, Guyana
By volume, this plunge waterfall boasts the largest single drop in the world. Located in the Potaro River in the Amazon forest, these falls flow at a rate of over 23,000 cubic feet per second.
Shoshone Falls – Twin falls, Idaho, United States
Snake River’s mangum opus is this block waterfall in Southern Idaho. Immortalized in in 1974, when daredevil Evel Knievel’s failed attempting to jump a motorcycle over the river and falls.
Huangguoshu Falls – Anshun, Guizhou, China
Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park is home to 18 waterfalls, with Huangguoshu being the tallest and most famous. A naturally formed cave located behind the waterfall, named the Water-Curtain Cave (Shuiliandog) offers truly remarkable views from a different perspective.
Niagara Falls – Canada/United States Border
The world’s most famous waterfall is actually a collection of three waterfalls, Horshoe Falls, American Falls & Bridal Veil Falls. Draining Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls creates the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.
Tequendama Falls – San Antonio del Tequendama, Colombia
Twenty miles southwest of Bogota, these falls are one of Colombia’s most popular tourist attractions. Overlooking the falls, is a former hotel now turned into a local museum.
Dettifoss Falls – Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
Europe’s most powerful waterfall isthe cararact waterfall Dettifoss, whose greyish-white water comes from the Vatnajökull Glacier. An enormous crashing spray punctuates the 144 ft drop, and was featured in the opening scene in the movie Prometheus.
Gocta Falls – Chachapoya, Peru
Although known by locals for centuries, Gocta was not discovered by the rest of the world until 2005. Hiking trails are available to both the top and the bottom sections of this perennial waterfall.
Detian Falls – China/Vietnam border
Two waterfalls converge over multiple tiers to form one of the largest waterfalls in Asia. Awe-inspiring views can be seen year round, however, visit in the fall when the waters are generally higher.
Takakkaw Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Canada’s second highest waterfall is fed from the Daly Glacier and is it’s peak in July. Unfortunately, access roads are closed in the winter due to the high frequency of avalanches.
Iguaza Falls – Argentina/Brazil border
As we have seen, international borders make for the best waterfalls, and none stand larger than the falls of the Iguaza River. Many popular movies have been filmed here, including Moonraker, Captain America: Civil War & Indiana Jones and the Kingom of the Crystal Skull.
Havasu Falls – Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
What’s not to love about a plunge waterfall located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon? Dramatic blue-green colors can be found at the base of the falls, and are one of the most popular hiking destinations at the park.