10 Beautiful U.S. Waterfalls You Need to Visit At Least Once

Love waterfalls? So do we! America is brimming with stunning waterfalls, so choosing ten was quite the challenge.

Regardless of whether it’s a small stream trickling down a cliff face or a roaring cascade tumbling hundreds of feet into an emerald pool below, there is something peaceful yet thrilling about witnessing a beautiful waterfall.

1. Havasu Falls: Arizona

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You will find this colorful 100-foot beauty hidden within the remote reaches of the Grand Canyon in the Havasupai Indian Reservation. The stunning contrast between the blue-green water and the red rock is breathtaking, and those who make the 10-mile trek to marvel at these falls and take a dip in the pool won’t be disappointed.

2. Shoshone Falls: Idaho

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This beautiful waterfall, situated near Twin Falls, Idaho, spans 900 feet and plunges 212 feet into the water below. No wonder it’s often referred to as the “Niagra Falls of the West.” If you’re planning a trip, the water levels are often highest in spring and summer.

3. Vernal Fall, California

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This lovely waterfall is located in Yosemite National Park just downstream of Nevada Fall. At 317 glorious feet, it’s worth the challenging 2.4 mile hike (Mist Trail) to the top, just be careful climbing the more than 600 slippery granite steps!

4. Multnomah Falls: Oregon

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This iconic waterfall can be found in the famous Columbia River Gorge. If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping view, it doesn’t get much better than this 620-foot beauty. The arched bridge over the lower drop only adds to this magical picturesque scene. There are dozens of other beautiful waterfalls in the Gorge so it’s definitely worth spending at least a day in this area.

5. Lower Calf Creek Falls: Utah

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At 130 feet, this waterfall may not be the tallest on this list but it could be the most enchanting. Located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area, it’s impossible to hold yourself back from jumping into the crystal clear pool at this beautiful oasis.

6. Palouse Falls: Washington

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Plunging nearly 200 feet over the side of a canyon into the Palouse River, this waterfall is as powerful as it is dramatic. In 2014, this stunning waterfall was officially named the state waterfall of Washington. Not into hiking? No worries here, you only have to walk about 50 feet to get a fantastic view from an overlook.

7. Lower Falls: Yellowstone National Park: Wyoming

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This impressive waterfall sits at the head of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and tumbles nearly 308 feet to the river below. Based on height, it’s more than twice the size of Niagra Falls. The entire area here is breathtaking. From the yellow stones of the canyon to the trees hanging precariously close to the water’s edge, this beautiful waterfall is stunning from every angle.

8. Cumberland Falls: Kentucky

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Often referred to as the “Niagara of the South,” this classic 60-foot waterfall is famous for producing lunar rainbows (aka moonbows). You can find this jaw dropping, 125-foot wide cascade in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. During the fall, the vibrant colors of the surrounding trees create the perfect picturesque backdrop for this stunning waterfall.

9. Taughannock Falls: New York

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Taughannock Falls is one of the tallest single-drop waterfalls in the Northeast at 215 feet. Nestled within Taughannock State Park, the falls are surrounded by massive rocky cliffs that tower more than 400 feet above the gorge below.

10. McWay Falls: California

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This iconic Big Sur waterfall isn’t extremely tall or fast-flowing, but the gorgeous coastal setting makes it a must-see. Located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, this 80-foot waterfall is easily accessible, and there’s a good chance you will want to come back year after year to marvel at this dreamlike setting.


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Jessica is a freelance writer. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, daughter dog, and 4 cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking.