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20 of the World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls to Visit

By: K.C. Dermody  

Visiting these waterfalls brings the opportunity to view some of the most spectacular sights on earth. There are few natural wonders that are filled with such awe-inspiring beauty, capturing what’s best about being alive on this magnificent place we call earth.

Plitvice WaterfallsPlitvice Waterfalls via Bigstock.com

1. Plitvice Waterfalls

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is the home of some of the most beautiful waterfalls on the planet, with 16 cascading lakes in crystal-clear shades of emerald and turquoise. Water flowing over the limestone and chalk over thousands of years have created the barriers, resulting in natural dams that form incredibly stunning waterfalls as well as rivers and caves.

  • Jerome Dupree

    Can you please narrow it down to California.

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  • Willards69

    Unfortunately the split in the Havasu falls is gone because of the serious rainfalls in AZ in Sept. of last year.

  • DDW

    All beautiful, But two amazing ones were missed – Akaka and Rainbow Falls both on the “Big Island” of Hawaii…

  • Jds

    Yes, Kaiteur Falls must be added to this list.

  • stay frosty

    when you come upon the area where Mcway falls is, you’re amazed it’s even there. That’s because you drive along the coastline shrouded in trees for some of it, then you come into this park “Pfeiffer Burns”.
    it really is beautiful to see in person.

  • stay frosty

    Jurassic Falls is beautiful from a helicopter without doors. But if you go and decide to fly, take one that lands at the base of the falls.

  • Dani & Dave

    “6. McWay Falls

    McWay Falls on California’s Central Coast near Big Sur, may not be as famous as some, but it’s no less spectacular. This 80-foot waterfall in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park plunges off the cliffs onto the sand at the edge of the Pacific, flowing year-round.”

    FYI – After traveling for hours to get there we discovered that you can only view the falls from about as far away as the above picture was taken.

    Julia Pfeiffer Burns left her property for a state park, but per her instructions the stairs to access the beach had to be removed, the house was demolished, and no one is supposed to be able to access the beach and waterfall at all.

    So, if you want to go and look at what she owned, and made sure no one could ever truly enjoy feel free, but it was the most disappointing trip our family has ever taken!

    • Brandon

      Fact Check — This is not why the access to the beach or falls is closed. There was a landslide in 1981 that made the cliffside unstable (described as “crumbling cliffs” and access to the beach and waterfalls was closed off at that point. It can be accessed by boat, however it is not advisable to safety precautions…and the always present “preserve the environment” excuse as well.

      I’ve been here a few times though and have seen people hike down to the beach from one of the other trails (not the main one that the picture in this article was taken from). Having never attempted it myself, I have no idea how easy or hard of a hike it is to access the beach, but apparently if you are daring enough and not worried about any possible legal implications, it is possible.

    • https://twitter.com/FireBlogger FireMan

      If that ruined your Big Sur trip you are hard to please. If it’s sunny on that stretch of coast magic is present for 50 unspoiled miles. For me McWay is only another marvel along Highway One.

  • DaintyMinnie

    Belize has many beautiful waterfalls too:) This is one of them the Thousand Foot Fall is the tallest waterfall in Central America.

  • AC Ratone

    Also inside Yosemite park are two falls that rival Yosemite falls: Nevada Falls and Vernal falls. They are both passed real close on a 7 mile loop hike from the valley (moderately strenuous), a 6 hour walk non-stop at moderate pace. Or all day if you stop at the two falls to sunbathe at the flat rock ‘beach’ areas (no swiming, dangerous!). Or take a bus up to glacier point to see them from a distance (and possibly hike (downhill) to the valley below. Late June through mid July to avoid the snow and the falls are running (they dry up in August). April/May the falls in the park are at their max.

  • xlt4u

    Wow! all of the falls were breath taking

  • Ken

    Nothing is more beautiful than Dunns River Falls Jamaica.