There is something so captivating about waterfalls, right? Maybe it’s the free-falling water, or their thunderous roar. Whatever it is, humans have been drawn to them for hundreds of years. But did you know that some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the world are right here in the United States? So if you want to explore some of these beauties, you don’t even have to travel that far. Here are some of America’s most stunning waterfalls.
Niagara Falls, New York
We have to start with an icon. And, of course, which waterfall is more iconic than the Niagara Falls? This a collective name for three waterfalls straddling the border of the United States and Canada. Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls together create a spectacle that draws millions of visitors each year. So grab a raincoat and hop on the Maid of the Mist boat tour to get up close and personal with the thundering Horseshoe Falls. Of course, if you’re a “The Office” fan, this also the chance for you ti re-live one of the show’s most iconic scene. It’s a win-win, if you ask me.
Multnomah Falls, Oregon
Towering Beauty: Located in the lush forests of Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls is a breathtaking two-tiered cascade that drops a total of 620 feet. It’s the tallest waterfall in the state and one of the most visited natural attractions in the Pacific Northwest. At the base of the falls, you’ll find the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge, which offers visitors a chance to warm up by the fireplace and savor local cuisine. The lodge has been a welcoming stop for travelers since the early 1920s.
Havasu Falls, Arizona
Tucked away in the remote Havasu Canyon within the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls is a hidden gem known for its unbelievably gorgeous turquoise waters. Getting there is an adventure in itself, requiring a hike through the desert, but the reward is well worth it. Visitors can even camp near the falls. And this creates a unique opportunity to wake up to the soothing sound of rushing water. But also take a refreshing dip in the natural pools, just after you wake up.
Ruby Falls, Tennessee
Ruby Falls, located deep within Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a unique underground waterfall. It’s nestled inside Ruby Falls Cave, and getting there involves a guided cave tour. The waterfall itself is beautifully illuminated, creating an enchanting glow that enhances the cave’s mysterious atmosphere. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that combines geology, history, and natural beauty.
Yosemite Falls, California
Yosemite Falls in California’s Yosemite National Park is a vertical marvel, dropping a total of 2,425 feet in three distinct sections. It’s not only the tallest waterfall in North America but also a symbol of the park’s grandeur. For adventurous souls, hiking to the top of Yosemite Falls is a rewarding challenge. The strenuous trek offers breathtaking vistas of the waterfall and the surrounding wilderness.
Amicalola Falls, Georgia
Amicalola Falls in Georgia’s Amicalola Falls State Park is a picturesque waterfall surrounded by the stunning beauty of the southern Appalachian Mountains. The falls plunge gracefully for 729 feet, making it the tallest waterfall in the state. The park offers a variety of trails for all skill levels, including a relatively easy hike to an overlook with a breathtaking view of the falls. For those seeking adventure, the park is also a popular starting point for the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail.