Since it’s that time of year when people start venturing outdoors looking for some adventure, we thought we’d highlight one of the most breathtaking natural wonders of our Earth… Waterfalls! There’s something pretty majestic about water cascading down a mountain from hundreds of feet in the air, so going to a waterfall should definitely be on your bucket list. Don’t know which one to visit first? Let us help you out.
Location: Kaieteur National Park, Guyana
Height: 741 ft
If you’re looking for a waterfall that will literally take your breath away, Kaieteur Falls is the place for you. Not only is it one of the most powerful waterfalls in existence, but it also holds the top spot for tallest single drop waterfall in the world! Located in the lush and isolated rainforest of the country of Guyana in South America, Kaieteur Falls a truly stunning sight. The natural wonder is 4 times taller than Niagara Falls and has an average flow rate of 23,400 cubic feet per second (meaning it packs quite the punch in terms of water speed and volume!)
Location: Southern Region, Iceland
Height: 197 ft
This well-known waterfall is almost too picturesque to believe! The best part about Seljalandsfoss has to be the path that takes you behind the waterfall- you’ll get soaking wet from the falls, but with a view like the one pictured above, the last thing you’ll be thinking about it is how drencehd you are. It’s located in south Iceland and is a must-see for anyone traveling in the country!
Location: Canaima National Park, Venezuela
Height: 3,211 ft
This waterfall needs to be at the top of the list for every waterfall-chasing person out there. Holding the record as the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, Angels Falls is a pure masterpiece of Mother Nature. The journey to get to it involves a few flights, trek through an isolated jungle, and a river boat ride, but on the other side of the somewhat long travel process lies a waterfall that is 3 times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and 15 times as tall as Niagara Falls!
Location: Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Height: 167 ft
Even though we’ve used this waterfall’s height as a less sizable comparison to others on this list, it’s still very impressive and one of the most beautiful in the world! Not only is it one of the most widely known waterfalls in North America, but also one of the most easily accessible ones. No matter where you view Niagara Falls, from the US or Canada, is provides stunning panoramic views that will surely make your jaw drop. This marvelous waterfall deserves to make everyone’s bucket list!
Location: Border of Zimbabwe/Zambia
Height: 355 ft
Hands down one of the most awe-inspiring and unbelievable views in the universe. Victoria Falls is the largest singular waterfall in the world, with an impressive height of 355 feet, width of over a mile, and an average flow of 1 million liters per second! According to the tourism website, the noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 25 miles and can be seen from over 30 miles away. Local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya, which means “the smoke that thunders”.
Location: Border of Argentina/Brazil
Height: 269 ft
The Iguazu River contains endless waterfalls that make up the largest waterfall system in the world! Accessible from both Brazil and Argentina, these incredible waterfalls stretch across over 3 miles and provide unbeatable views at every point. The main attraction however, is the Devil’s Throat, a horseshoe shaped bend that houses the largest water curtain in the whole system and includes 14 waterfalls. The Iguazu Falls are a marvel that deserved to be seen and celebrated in person.
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Height: 2,425 ft
This magnificent waterfall is one of the crowning jewels in Yosemite National Park. It’s comprised of three sections: Upper Yosemite Fall at 1,430 feet, the middle cascades at 675 feet, and Lower Yosemite Fall at 320 feet. There are endless ways to view the falls, from hiking trails to shuttle stops, to help ensure everybody can get a glimpse of its magnificence. For the explorers out there, you can hike to the top of the falls. It’ll take a lot of patience and physical exertion, but if you’re one to appreciate the beauty of nature, the view cannot be beat.
Height: 105 ft
Gullfoss is a uniquely beautiful and wild waterfall in southwest Iceland. It falls in two steep tiers and is one of the largest volume waterfalls in all of Europe. Gullfoss translates to “Golden Waterfall” and it got its name because, as this Iceland travel website explains, on sunny days the water takes on a golden color from the sediments from the glacial water its made from. If you’re ever in Iceland, make visiting Gullfoss a priority- it’s relatively close to Rekyjavik and is easy to locate since it’s a popular tourist attraction (for obvious reasons!)
Ban Gioc-Detian Falls
Location: Border of China/Vietnam
Height: 197 ft
Asia’s hidden gem is currently the 4th largest waterfall along a national border, behind three other waterfalls on our list: Iguazu Falls, Victoria Falls, and Niagara Falls. The three-tiered beauty is a popular destination for travelers looking to be blown away by its massive web of waterfalls. You can ride a bamboo raft right up to the falls, take a dip in the pools, or relax under the canopies of the jungle. No matter what visitors do when they’re at the Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, they leave knowing they’ve witnessed a mesmerizing natural wonder!
Are there waterfalls across the world that you think deserve to be on this list? Tell us in the comments below!