Waterfalls are some of the most spectacular natural attractions in the world. Places like Niagara Falls and Victoria Falls hold top positions on many people’s lifetime to-visit lists. These, and other spectacular falls, earn their reputation because of the huge amount of water that flows over them. Other falls are equally attractive to visit because of their height, their location, or their beauty. While few people would actually plan their whole trip around a trip to a waterfall (save those who make the pilgrimage to Niagara), certain waterfalls are well worth going out of your way to visit.

Here are some of the most spectacular waterfall destinations.

Waterfalls are some of the most spectacular natural attractions in the world. Places like Niagara Falls and Victoria Falls hold top positions on many people’s lifetime to-visit lists. These, and other spectacular falls, earn their reputation because of the huge amount of water that flows over them. Other falls are equally attractive to visit because of their height, their location, or their beauty. While few people would actually plan their whole trip around a trip to a waterfall (save those who make the pilgrimage to Niagara), certain waterfalls are well worth going out of your way to visit.

Here are some of the most spectacular waterfall destinations.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls
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Niagara Falls is certainly one of the most well known waterfalls in the world. It sits between New York and Ontario. This is a popular destination for families, who can view this wide falls from either the US or Canadian side. While it is possible to enjoy some great panoramas from viewing platforms and walkways on both sides of the falls, tourists can take their experience a step further by taking a hot air balloon ride over the falls or taking a cruise on the Maid of the Mists, a boat that travels to the base of the falls.

Iguazu Falls

Iguaza Falls
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This huge waterfall in South America is located in both Argentina and Brazil. It is taller than Niagara, but has a lower flow of water. It is, nonetheless, quite spectacular. Visitors have a number of options for viewing Iguazu. They can see the falls from various viewing areas. Traveling to this falls has a more adventurous feel, since visitors have a couple of hiking trails that they can walk on in order to see different views. There are also optional boat trips that take visitors to the base of Iguazu, close enough to feel the spring from the waterfall.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls
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This spectacular waterfall is the largest in the world if you measure by overall length and width. Sitting between Zimbabwe and Zambia, it is possible to access the falls from national parks on each side (Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe and Mosi-oa-tunya National Park in Zambia). This falls can be viewed from a number of vantage points, and can also be seen from a downriver bridge that has one of the world’s tallest bungee jumps. Mosi-oa-tunya National Park is also a great place for seeing wildlife and trekking.

Angel Falls

Angel Falls
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Though it has a low flow of water compared to the other thunderous falls on this list, Angel Falls, in Venezuela, is one of the most spectacular entries in this article because of its sheer height. From top to bottom, it is over 3,000 feet (that’s just short of 1,000 meters). This is also one of the most complicated and difficult falls to visit, with a trip to the remote and sparely-populated interior of Venezuela. It is possible to take a river expedition to the base of the falls. However, some people think that the adventure is worth the trip because of the sheer beauty of Angel Falls.

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Falls
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There is no one single waterfall in Croatia’s Plitvice National Park that stands out above the rest. There are, literally, hundreds of falls that are considered part of one of Europe’s most beautiful natural areas. Unique minerals make the water an intense turquoise color. The lakes, forest-covered hills, and falls all combine to create an almost fairy-tale-like landscape. Plitvice is proof that waterfalls don’t have to be the tallest or widest or most thunderous to be impressive and worth visiting.

Gullfoss Falls, Iceland

Gullfoss Falls
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This is another very unique waterfall, Located a couple of hours outside of the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, this waterfall has two tiers that make it seem more spectacular, as the water changes direction in the middle of the falls. The green, grassy and rocky landscape that surrounds the falls is also uniquely beautiful. This region of Iceland is also home to geysers and other attractions, so visitors can take a day trip from Reykjavik and see Gullfoss and some of Iceland’s most famous natural features and trademark landscapes.

Do you have other waterfalls that you think belong on our list of the most attractive waterfalls to visit? Let us know your choices in the comments section below.

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