Best Waterfalls Destinations
The world is full of magic and wonders with waterfalls being one of the most majestic natural creations of all. While it all comes down to physics, we cannot deny that there is something mystical about these roaring “landmarks” and the rush and fall of water has an uncanny way of settling one’s soul.
If you have an inkling to visit some of the most glorious waterfalls on the globe, you might want to keep this list close at hand so that you can tick off your destinations.
We bring to you the top 10 most incredible waterfalls in the world (listed in no particular order):
1. Sutherland Falls
Located in: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Situated in a deep and remote part of the wild and beautiful Fiordland National Park, the waterfalls from a height of 580 meters and ranks as one of the world’s highest drops. Fed by water from the snow-fed Lake Quill, the icy waters add a sparkle to the lush surrounding greenery as they fall down the mighty cliffs. What makes this waterfall fascinating is its tiered plunge where it makes three different leaps on its decent before joining the River Arthur.
To reach these falls you will need to partake in a somewhat challenging hike through the park. The journey is worth the effort, however, and you will not be disappointed when you reach this hidden gem.
2. Plitvice Waterfalls
Located in: Northern Dalmatia, Croatia
A world-famous attraction, this network of single waterfalls join to create a breath-taking sight. Fed by the unique and turquoise waters of the upper lakes, the still waters on their own are just as mesmerizing. Situated in an area that’s thick with vegetation, the Plitvice Waterfalls are the heart of this unspoiled ecosystem.
With so many beautiful sights in this area, you might want to spend a day or two exploring the ensemble of 16 natural lakes and trek through the endless hiking trails that exude a vibrant atmosphere. Definitely one for the bucket list!
Located in: Vatnajökull (Jökulsárgljúfur) National Park, Iceland
While the land around this waterfall might be barren, you’ll still enjoy the unique scenery of this typical Icelandic wonder. Classified as one of Europe’s most robust water sources, ice-cold water flows over its 44m precipice with a movement of around 500 cubic meters per second – when you stand near the drop you can actually feel the ground tremble beneath you!
Epitomizing the raw and wild landscape that’s most befitting to this country’s character, a trip to this site will leave you inspired and impressed with what Mother Nature is capable of.
Located in: Haukadalur, Iceland
Wild and wide, this two-tiered waterfall is another gem of remote Iceland. Forming part of a tour called the ‘Golden Circle’, this location is a hot tourist spot that has many other unique sights and splendors. More often than not, you’ll also find a brilliant display of rainbows that fall softly over the tumbling waters.
If you enjoy easy hikes through parts of the globe that are slightly less touched and spoilt, then this is certainly an adventure that will appeal to you.
5. Yosemite Falls
Located in: Yosemite National Park (California), USA
Leaving Iceland and heading to warmer parts of the map, the well-known Yosemite, one of the best national parks in the USA, is also home to one of the world’s most tall and invigorating waterfalls. Interestingly, this waterfall doesn’t flow all year round but when it does, it drops to an outstanding 2,425ft – making it one of the tallest in the world.
Trailing down a majestic cliff, you can view this water in motion from many different viewing points and trails (some super easy and some a little more challenging).
6. Kaieteur Falls
Located in: Potaro River, Guyana
Located in the Amazon forest, a place rife with wildlife and adventure galore, the impressive Kaieteur Falls is the largest single-drop waterfall in the world. Rectangular in shape, the volume of water that drops is almost unbelievable and the sound of the rushing water is an experience in itself.
This beautiful rain forest setting is thriving with nature and while a trip to this site might be costly, the encounter is unlike any other. Who knew that landscapes were capable of such power and brilliance!
7. Angel Falls
Located in: Canaima, Venezuela
Falling from a mystical and almost eerie-looking mountain, this permanently flowing waterfall belongs to the equatorial rainforest of Venezuela. It’s also one of the highest waterfalls in the world and falls from a drop of 979 meters. A view that will settle in your mind forever, this flowing water mass sets the scene for an unforgettable holiday.
Be warned, however, the transit to this location includes a long and strenuous hike and only Mother nature will decide whether she’s going to cover her gem in clouds or offer viewers a peek at her magical creation.
8. Niagara Falls
Located in: Ontario, Canada / New York, USA
Easy to access and welcoming to all visitors, the large Niagara Falls is an attraction that has become a household name in many parts of the world. Often added to movie scenes, this powerful mass of water can be viewed easily from all angles and you can even enjoy a boat ride that takes you considerably close to the 50-meter drop.
While many might not find the less natural surrounds as appealing, there’s still something very incredible about have such an amazing landmark in the midst of the continent’s hustle and bustle.
9. Victoria Falls
Located in: Livingstone, Zambia / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Sharing a border with both Zambia and Zimbabwe, this African waterfall had to make the cut – especially because it’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. When you consider the height and width of this landmark, then it can easily be considered as THE actual largest waterfall – ever.
Set in the heart of Southern continent, you can indulge in the best safaris in Africa and off-road adventures as part of your visit to the area. The waterfall also has a large natural pool where visitors can swim and revel in the cool waters.
10. Iguassu Falls
Located in: Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
With an average of 275 individual waterfalls and cascades joining to create a network of rushing and gushing water, this landmark creates an interesting scene of geography at its best. There are many viewing points and catwalks make it easy to get an up-close glimpse of the water at work.
The lush surrounding rainforest adds to the mystical atmosphere. The powerful force of the water creates a loud roar as it falls – a reminder that nature isn’t as fragile as we might think it is.
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