8 Of Most Beautiful Waterfalls on Earth (Slideshow)


There are few things on earth that take your breath away quite like a waterfall. Your favorite not on the list? Leave it in the comments section below!

1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

Tucked in the woodland savannah of Southern Africa, Victoria falls lays its claim as the largest waterfall in the world in terms of the sheet of water flowing. It’s not just the waterfall that’s stunning — wildlife like zebras, hippopotamuses, giraffes, monkeys and elephants all live in the area.

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2. Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Just 45 minutes west of Portland, Multnomah Falls is Oregon’s tallest waterfall. It’s surrounded by the natural beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.


3. Gullfoss, Iceland

Gullfoss, or Golden Falls in English, is Iceland’s most famous waterfall — and for good reason! Though it is now protected and owned by the government, for much of the 20th century it was considered as a possible site to generate electricity.

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4. Gocta Cataracts, Peru

Located deep in the Amazon jungle, only locals knew of Gocta’s existence until 2005. The reason the waterfall remained unknown to the outside world? Locals feared telling its location would bring on an ancient curse by the white-haired mermaid who protects the waterfall.

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5. Plitvice, Croatia

The Plitvice Waterfalls are more of a (huge!) network of waterfalls and karstic lakes than a single fall — in fact, the size and form of the waterfalls and lakes is constantly changing!


6. Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls holds the distinction of being the tallest waterfall in the world, at over 3,212 feet! Though located deep in the jungle, Angel Falls is one of Venezuela’s most visited tourist attractions.

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7. Yosemite Falls, Calif.

Yosemite is North America’s tallest waterfall. The best time to visit is in the late spring or early summer — in some particularly dry years, the behemoth is reduced to a mere trickle by August!


8. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

Rivaled only by Victoria Falls, Iguazu is truly one of the most impressive network of waterfalls on earth. Much like Victoria, Iguazu Falls is located at the literal border of two nations, Argentina and Peru. Both sides offer stunning views in this  tropical rainforest – and unbeatable wildlife sightings to beat. On my trip to Iguazu, I saw toucans, monkeys and butterflies in every color of the rainbow.

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Elisa F.
Elisa F.1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


sandra g.
sandra g.2 years ago

I have been four times in the sacred land of Iguaçu. I think all these places should be protected,

Indegenous people were right,

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Wonderful.Thanks for sharing

J.L. A.
JL A.2 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Katie, for Sharing this!

Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp2 years ago

Beautiful! The oneI'd really love to see is the one in Croatia

Shanti S.
S S.2 years ago

Thank you.

Bmr Reddy
Bmr Reddy2 years ago


Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

Thanks for our mother nature and we've got to protect them