17 of the World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls to Visit

17 of the World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls to Visit

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    Translated in English, Ventisquero Colgante means Hanging Glacier. The falls flow out of Hanging Glacier in Chile’s Queulat National Park, with a massive volume of water pouring out from underneath and plunging 1400 to 2000 feet below to the floor of the narrow valley.
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    Fairy Falls is a multi-tiered cascade, deep in the Waitakere Range west of Auckland, New Zealand. The falls are made up of several tumbling tiers toward the top and a few smaller plunges in between before its final large slanting drop at the base in azure-colored waters.
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    Part of what makes Torc Waterfall so special, is its falls fairy-tale like surroundings in Ireland’s Killarney National Park. The waterfall is 80 feet high, and by climbing the 100 steps or so just to the left of it you can also take in breathtaking lake views.
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    The Philippines’ Kawasan Falls in Badian, southern Cebu, are often found on lists of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the world. They’re surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, tucked between the mountainous peaks of Barangay Matutinao and Badian. Many come to view its magnificence as well as to swim in the cool lagoons and sit underneath their spray.
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    In the land Down Under, Wallaman Falls in Girringun National Park is the highest permanent, single-drop waterfall in Australia. It’s part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, home to some of the oldest rain forests on the planet as well as a wide variety of endangered animals and plants.
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    Victoria Falls, located on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa, is believed to be the largest waterfall in the world. Its indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, is quite apt, literally meaning the “Smoke that Thunders.”
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    Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most impressive in the Pacific Northwest. Located just 40 minutes west of Seattle in the Cascade foothills, the falls spread across an entire cliff face, taking on a current form while they tumble and roar, shaking the earth and sending a blinding spray far above the gorge walls. They’ve been featured in a number of films and on the popular TV series, “Twin Peaks.”
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    No list of waterfalls would be complete without Niagara Falls, the most powerful waterfall on the continent. It’s actually the collective name of three falls along the international border between the United States near Buffalo, New York and the province of Ontario in Canada. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls sit on the U.S. side, while Horseshoe Falls drops on the Canadian side.
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    Multnomah Falls, just outside Portland, Oregon along the Columbia River Gorge is the tallest waterfall in a state filled with hundreds of magnificent falls. It plunges in two major steps, split into the upper falls at 542 feet and the lower falls at 69 feet, with a gradual nine foot drop in elevation between the two.
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    Yosemite Falls in California’s Yosemite National Park is the highest measured falls in North America. At 2425 feet from the top of the upper falls to the base of the lower falls, it’s the sixth highest waterfall in the world. It flows from November through July, with peak flow occurring in May.
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    Kilt Rock Waterfall rushes down the sheer face of the cliffs on the Trotternish Peninsula between Portree and Staffin on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. With its vertical basalt columns forming the pleats and various stones and deposits representing a pattern, it’s said to resemble a Scottish kilt.
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    These amazing falls on Burney Creek in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park in California were called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by President Theodore Roosevelt. The roaring water comes from an underground spring above the 129-foot falls with an almost constant flow of 100 million gallons a day, even during dry summer months.
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