The Top 5 Must-See Waterfalls in the World
“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.”
– John Muir
We think Mr. Muir knew what he was talking about when he wrote this quote. And it’s no wonder he was so inspired by waterfalls, they are one of mother nature’s most incredible creations. If you’re ready to hear the songs of waterfalls, birds and wind, check out these MUST-SEE waterfalls!
Add These World Class Waterfalls to Your Bucket List
We’ve pulled together the perfect list of waterfalls for you to add to your bucket list. From the tallest to the widest, to the most powerful, this list has it all! Each and every one of these stunning natural creations is sure to make you eager to see more.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This incredible waterfall is located on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. It takes up the full width of the river and is classified as the largest waterfall in the world based on its height of 108 m (354 ft) and combined width of 1,708 m (5,604 ft). The indigenous name of this waterfall is Mosi-oa-Tunya—”The Smoke That Thunders” so named after the waterfalls incredible spray. Typically rising over 400 m (1,300 ft) but at times being twice that high! The spray from Victoria Falls can be seen from up to 48 km (30 miles) away.
Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
Located near Milford Sound in New Zealand’s South Island, Sutherland Falls stands at 580 m (1,904 ft) tall. A unique feature of this beautiful waterfall is its 3 tiered cascade. The upper tier at 229 m (751 ft) tall, the middle is 248 m (813 ft), and the lower tier is 103 m (334 ft). This vertical fall is spread out over a horizontal distance of 480 m, making for a truly fascinating sight!
Yosemite Falls, USA
Dropping a total of 739 m (2,425 ft) Yosemite Falls stakes claim as the tallest waterfall in Yosemite National Park. Unlike many of the other major waterfalls of the world, this waterfall can run dry in later summer and early fall. This waterfall has a spooky secret, so beware. The local Ahwahneechee people believed that the plunge pool at the base of Yosemite Falls was inhabited by the spirits of several witches.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls is actually the collective name of 3 waterfalls; the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the spectacular Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Being neither the tallest or the widest waterfall in the world many question why Niagara Falls is so impressive. With this waterfall, it’s all about the POWER! Niagara Falls is the highest flow rate waterfall in the world at over 2,270,000 liters (600,000 U.S. gallons) per second. The heart-stopping site is best viewed from the Hornblower Niagara Cruise Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour, which sails into the heart of the Horseshoe.
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Very simply the Iguazu Falls are the largest waterfall system in the world. The most notable feature of this magnificent waterfall is what’s known as the Devil’s Throat. This narrow chasm is u-shaped and only 82 m (269 ft) wide, however, approximately 50% of overall water flow travels through it creating and incredible rushing experience.
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