Few sites in nature inspire more awe and wonder than waterfalls. As a result, these natural miracles are among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. They can be found on every continent – even Antarctica – and the following are what many consider to be the 10 most spectacular.
Skógafoss Falls – Iceland
Iceland is spectacularly beautiful, and Skógafoss Falls is no exception. The waterfall is so picturesque that it’s been featured in both film and television. This includes the Marvel film, Thor: The Dark World (2013), as well as Game of Thrones (2011-19). In the latter, it can be spotted during a scene where Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are riding their dragons.
Multnomah Falls – Oregon
The regularly-Instagrammed Multnomah Falls is a convenient 30-minute drive from Portland, Oregon. One of its highlights is the Benson Bridge, which runs across the front of the waterfall. Tourists who travel to the area can stay at the on-site lodge or eat at the nearby restaurant.
Iguazú Falls – Brazil and Argentina
Iguazú Falls is a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction along the border of Brazil and Argentina; it features hundreds of connected waterfalls, which span nearly two miles. They’re also located in the rainforest, combining two amazing nature scenes.
Angel Falls – Venezuela
Angel Falls in Venezuela is among the best-known waterfalls in the world, largely due to its size. Standing at 3,212 feet, Angel Falls is much taller than Niagara Falls. While the location is one of Venezuela’s most popular tourist attractions, it’s not an easy trek, meaning visitors should plan ahead.
Kaieteur Falls – Guyana
Guyana’s Kaieteur Falls has the distinction of being the world’s tallest single-drop waterfall; the water cascades down 741 feet. The waterfall isn’t all that hard to get to, either. Tourists can leave from the capital city of Georgetown and fly to a landing strip that’s just a 15-minute walk away.
Plitviče Falls – Croatia
Plitviče Falls in Croatia have to be seen to be believed. The tourist destination is made up of 16 waterfalls, which combined create an incredible array of colors, such as turquoise, aquamarine and emerald. The location is also one of the most popular sites in the world, drawing over a million visitors each year.
Gullfoss Falls – Iceland
Iceland is known for its beaut, as is Gullfoss Falls. “Gullfoss” means “Golden Falls” in Icelandic and refers to the way the sun hits the water. A few decades back, there were thoughts about using Gullfoss Falls to generate electricity, but citizens fought back against the idea.
Niagara Falls – New York and Ontario, Canada
Niagara Falls very well might be the most well-known series of waterfalls in the world. The three have been visited by countless Canadian, American and international families, with a street on the Canadian side, Clifton Hill, making big money from the area’s tourism industry.
The tourist attraction has been featured in countless movies and TV shows. The most famous is the 1953 Marilyn Monroe feature, Niagara, which helped make Niagara Falls a popular honeymoon destination.
Fall Creek Falls – Tennessee
Fall Creek Falls is one of the most stunning sights in the United States, dropping an incredible 256 feet. The state park has a lot to offer to those who love the outdoors. In order to see Fall Creek Falls, hikers must first make a three-mile trek, which is just part of the 34 miles of available hiking trails. Visitors can also stay at on-site cabins or camp out in the wilderness.
Ban Gioc-Detian Falls – Vietnam and China
Ban Gioc-Detian Falls is almost too perfect to be believed. The 200-meter-wide waterfall straddles the border between China and Vietnam. The largest in Asia, it features a 98-foot drop. In the background is a lush forest – the green colors blend beautifully with the blue water.