Relax and take a look at some of the world's most beautiful waterfalls, including Niagara Falls in New York, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Yosemite Falls in California and Huangguoshu Falls in China.
With a 200-foot drop, Skógafoss -- located in Skógar, Iceland -- rivals Gullfoss as the country’s most famous and tallest waterfall. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area buried a treasure chest in the cave behind the waterfall. Locals found the chest, but were only able to grasp a ring, which is now on display at a local museum. Designated camping areas and hiking trails along the Skógá River have made this waterfall a popular tourist spot.
The best time to visit Switzerland’s Rhine Falls is between April and October. Tourists flock to Schaffhausen, Switzerland, to see the Falls via a guided boat tour or train ride along the waterfall. Outdoor enthusiasts can also visit Adventure Park, the country’s largest rope park, built at the Rhine Falls.
The rushing waters of the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River creates this 75-foot drop at Cummins Falls. Take a dip in a nearby swimming hole, a popular tourist destination at Cummins Falls National Park in Cookeville, TN.
In Uganda, Murchison Falls aka Kabarega Falls, is a waterfall on the Nile River. At the top of the Falls, the Nile River is forced through a 7-meter-wide gap in the rocks (seen on the far right) that flows westward into Lake Albert.
Take a look at this aerial view of Victoria Falls, found on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. The Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone may have been the first European to view the Falls that he named t in honor of Queen Victoria.
In Supai, AZ, Havasu Falls is one of the most famous and most visited waterfalls in the Grand Canyon. The Falls consist of 1 main chute that drops over a 120-foot vertical cliff. Hikers can relax, stop for lunch and sit at the picnic tables located near the waterfall.
The Metauro River falls over the layers of limestone to create La Cascata del Sasso in Val d’ Aoste, Italy. It is one of the 10 largest waterfalls in Italy. Below the waterfall, the lake is surrounded by willow and poplar trees. And it’s also a hot spot for fishermen, who will find rare species of fish, including the kingfisher.
Deep in the heart of Yosemite National Park, tourists marvel at this waterfall wonder. With its 2,425-foot drop, Yosemite Falls is the 6th tallest waterfall in the world. The Ahwahneechee, a group of Native American people who lived in the Yosemite Valley, believed the pool at the base of the Falls was inhabited by the spirits of several witches.
A trip to Brazil or Argentina isn’t complete without making a trip to Iguazu Falls. The waterfall runs along the border of the two countries and divides the Iguazu River into upper and lower Iguazu. An old legend claims that the Falls was created when an angry god split the river in 2, after his fiancé ran away with her lover on a canoe.
Take a steep climb up 224 steps to get a picturesque view from the peak of Seven Falls, a cascading waterfall in Colorado Springs, CO. While you’re there hike the Trail to Inspiration Point or the Trail to Midnight Falls. The best time to enjoy the scenery and wildlife on these two trails is between May and October.
Niagara Falls is the collective name for 3 waterfalls -- Horseshoe Falls (Canada), American Falls (US) and Bridal Veil Falls (US) -- found on Canadian-US border between Ontario and New York. The Falls has the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. On average, almost 4 million cubic feet of water falls over the crest line in 1 minute. In case you didn’t know it, this waterfall is used as a source of hydroelectric power.
Visit the Mad River in Warren, VT. Although small when compared to other waterfalls, Warren Falls aka Carleton Falls is a perfect outdoor getaway to commune with nature. Take a relaxing stroll around the Falls and along the river.
Nestled in the woods and behind the fog is Sutherland Falls in Milford Sound, New Zealand. The Falls spills 1,904 feet into 2 glacial lakes on the mountainside inside Fiorland National Park, making it the 2nd tallest waterfall in the country. Browne Falls in Doubtful Sound is the tallest waterfall in New Zealand.
Located on the Baishui River in Anshun, Guizhou province, Huangguoshu Waterfall is the largest waterfall in China. The Falls resides in Huangguoshu National Park and consists of 18 waterfalls varying in size.
Bouma Waterfalls aka Tavoro Waterfalls -- located in Fiji’s Bouma National Heritage Park -- looks like a beautiful backdrop from a spectacular movie scene. It consists of 3 waterfalls. The tallest of the 3, Lower Bouma Falls, has a 78-foot drop.
Three times the height of Niagara Falls and 2 times the height of Victoria Falls, Kaieteur Falls plunges 822 feet into the lake below. The Falls is a popular tourist attraction located in Kaieteur National Park and in the center of Guyana’s rainforest. Travelers arriving and departing from Ogle Airport and Cheddi Jagan International Airport may be able catch a glimpse of the waterfall from the plane’s window.