Waterfalls are definitely the natural wonders on Earth. Visiting some of these waterfalls below might be a breathtaking experience, since they overwhelm with the stunning sight, as well as a splitting voice.
Anyone who’s ever visited Niagara Falls, Yosemite and a few other famous waterfalls in the United States probably has a personal list of their favorite falls. And countless travel magazines and websites have published lists of America’s most beautiful waterfalls. Here are the 8 waterfalls that came out on top.
1. The Palouse Falls
The Palouse Falls plunges fiercely over the side of a canyon into the Palouse River in southeast Washington. The falls, 198 ft in height, consists of an upper falls with a drop of some 20 feet, and a lower falls with a drop of about 180 feet. In 2014, it was honored as the official state waterfall of Washington.
2. Niagara Falls, New York
You don’t need Google Search results to know these are the most famous falls in not just the U.S., but the world, although technically, most people seem to prefer the greater volume and distinctive shape of Horseshoe Falls, which are just across the Canadian border. The ultimate experience at the falls is a boat tour aboard the Maid of the Mist, which first began sightseeing tours in the Niagara Falls Gorge in 1846. In a search for unusual photos of the falls, we came across these rare photos from 1969, when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers built a temporary dam and blocked the American Falls for several months to study the riverbed and make changes to help slow erosion.
Grand Falls, also known as Chocolate Falls, is located in the Painted Desert of Arizona in Navajo Nation. It is famous for its extremely muddy waters, which is a big part of the contributor to Little Colorado River opacity. It is also said that the waterfalls are analogous to flowing chocolate depending on the amount of water present.
4. Yosemite Falls, California
This collection of three falls in Yosemite National Park plunges a total of 2,425 feet, making it one of the highest falls in the world. The jewel of the trio is the 1,430-foot Upper Fall, prominently featured in the work of Ansel Adams and other famous American artists and photographers. The upper and lower falls are visible from many vantage points in the park, including Yosemite Village, but for a different perspective, one of the oldest hiking trails in Yosemite is an extremely strenuous, 7.2-mile round-trip route to the top of Yosemite Falls.
5. Ramona Falls
Ramona Falls is a waterfall located in forest on the west side of Mount Hood, Oregon, United States. The falls are about 120 feet (37 m) tall overall, consisting of a wall of cascades, resembling a veil of lace draped over the mossy rocks of Mt. Hood. You can get there on foot through the Ramona Falls Trailhead.
6. Manawaiopuna Falls
Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as Jurassic Falls, is a privately owned waterfall dropping through the Hanapepe Valley on Kauai Island, Hawaii. What makes it special is that it once served as the background of several scenes in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dino classic film Jurassic Park. You can view its scenery on a helicopter.
7. Sliding Rock
Sliding Rock is a rock and small slide-type waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest, near Brevard, North Carolina. It is so named because visitors can slide all the way down this 60-foot long, gently sloped waterfall to a large and deep pool at the bottom. It’s most popular for cooling off in the summer.
8. Shoshone Falls, Idaho
Nicknamed the “Niagara of the West,” these falls near Twin Falls, Idaho, are actually about 50 feet higher than Niagara Falls, plunging 212 feet into the Snake River. As with most of the other waterfalls on this list, the waterfall varies in appearance depending on the time of year and recent rainfall. Spring is the best time to visit for maximum flow.