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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.

  • malibunta


  • 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!