Many people travel around the world to catch a glimpse of some of its wonders – for example, waterfalls — but to get the most bang for your buck and view some of the greatest, booking flights to the USA might be inevitable. This is because the United States is home to many of the world’s most outstanding waterfalls. Here are 10 that will have you packing your hiking gear:
1. Havasu Falls
Located at Grand Canyon, Arizona, Havasu Falls has a height of 90 feet with it plummeting into the blue-green water of Havasu Creek. Even though it is difficult to reach (10 miles), the opportunity it affords visitors is far too much to be missed. Aside from the fact that the falls offer refreshing natural pools for swimming, there’s a campground, and rooms for rent at the Havasupai Lodge.
2. Multnomah Falls, Oregon
Multnomah Falls is the Pacific Northwest’s most visited recreation site with an annual turnover of two million visitors. The falls has a concrete-arched bridge, and it boasts several other breathtaking waterfalls to visit within the vicinity. At its 611ft height, these falls take on a different look and flow depending on the weather and the season.
3. Niagara Falls
Located in between Western New York in the US and Canada’s Southeastern Ontario, it easily surpasses all other falls in the country in terms of size, sheer power, and popularity. Niagara falls consist of three falls: the American Falls (US side), the Horseshoe Falls (Canada side), and the Bridal Veil fall (US side). While the American fall is 1,060ft wide, the Horseshoe Falls is 2,600ft wide. Folks say the best view is from the US side.
4. Ruby Falls, Tennessee
Ruby Falls differs from the rest as it is located in the middle of a cave. Situated 1,120ft underneath the exterior of Lookout Mountain, this waterfall’s beauty is enriched by colourful rays that not only brighten the falls but also light the way for visitors on cave visits.
5. Colonial Creek Falls, Washington
Standing at the height of 2,568ft (783m), Colonial Creek serves as the source of the waterfall and has 14 different drops with an average slope of 650. Colonial Creek is a discreetly sized stream that consistently flows throughout the year.
6. Alamere Waterfalls, California
Alamere Falls offers a unique sight regarded as a “tidefall,” or coastal waterfall. It is an eight-mile hike and affords one with scenic coastal views. This picturesque waterfall is enclosed by an untouched beach landscape.
7. Waimoku Falls, Hawaii
The falls have a height of 800 feet along the four-mile round trip hike. It flows down a vertical lava-rock wall, enclosed by vegetation and moss. Waimoku Falls have a pool below which affords visitors the opportunity to swim.
8. Palouse Falls, Washington
The Palouse River flows until it drops down into a canyon to create an impressive spectacle regarded as Palouse Falls. Located within 105-acre of the State Park, the waterfall has campgrounds, picnic tables, trails, and wheelchair-accessible paths, with a display of light and shadow reflecting on the canyon walls.
9. Union Falls, Wyoming
It requires a minimum of 15 miles of hiking to reach, coupled with a sometimes scary river fjord and a stretch of serious elevation change. With 260ft height, it has a geothermal-heated creek and waterfall situated at the Ouzel Pool for swimming and as a chill spot.