From the Grand Canyon and the rocky ocean coastline of Big Sur to the mountain scenery of Alaska and dozens of national parks across the country, the U.S. has an abundance of natural beauty. We invite you to discover this breathtaking world and visit America’s top ten most beautiful waterfalls with us!

Yosemite Falls, California

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Yosemite Waterfall (Yosemite) is located in the national park of the same name in Northern California. Its height is 739 meters, and it ranks 20th in the world. The waterfall is divided into three segments. Among the interesting facts: the local Indians have a legend that says that in the hollow at the base of the waterfall live the spirits of witches. If they are disturbed, they can become angry and drown the person who disturbed their peace.

Admission

  • $35 per motor vehicle (no charge per person). You must pay in advance (preferred) or when you reach your destination (credit card only).
  • $30 per motorcycle (no fee). You either pay in advance (preferred) or when you arrive (credit card only).
  • Pedestrian, cycling, horseback or nonprofit bus or minibus with more than 15 passenger spaces.
    $20 per person age 16 and over. You can pay in advance (preferred) or upon arrival (credit card only).

 

Grand Falls, Arizona

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Grand Falls is a natural waterfall located on the Navajo Indian Reservation. It is known for the muddy color of its waters, which is why they are often compared to chocolate. Its height is about 56 meters. The waterfall is away from roadways, so it is not easy to get to it, and a special permit is required to visit.

Admission is free

Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

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Cumberland Falls is located in the state park of the same name in southeastern Kentucky. It is about 20 m high and 37 m wide. It is formed by the confluence of several smaller waterfalls. The waterfall is known for the fact that at night in the light of the full moon the so-called lunar rainbow appears above it in an unusual white color.

Admission is free

Alamere Falls, California

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Alamere Falls is located in Point Reyes National Seashore, near San Francisco, California. It is unique in that it falls directly into the ocean. The waterfall is a stunning sight, falling from a steep cliff more than 12 meters high, stretching all the way to the Pacific. The waterfall is most spectacular in winter, after the rainy season.

Admission is free

Havasu Falls, Arizona

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Havasu Falls is located in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Its height is 37 meters. The water rushes into the blue-green lake, the unusual color of which is caused by minerals contained in the water. Getting to the falls is not easy: you must either book a helicopter tour or travel on foot, by mule or horse.

Entrance Fee per Person: $35.00

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

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Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge is the second highest in America (189 m). Unlike most of its counterparts, it does not dry out in winter. Between the upper and lower cascades is the Benson Bridge, built by Italian masons in 1914. From there you have a stunning view of the waterfall and the surrounding nature.

Admission is free

McWay Falls, Calif

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McWay Falls is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in California. Its height is 24 meters. Originally, its waters flowed directly into the ocean, but after landslides, McWay “meets” the ocean only at high tide. The rest of the time the water “catches up” with the ocean along a small strip of sandy beach. The latter is not easily accessible to hikers, but can be reached by boat without problems.

Admission is free

Lower Yellowstone Falls, Wyoming

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Lower Yellowstone Falls is located in Yellowstone National Park, which is known as “the land of waterfalls” – there are more than forty. The water falls from a height of 94 meters. This falls is almost twice as high as Niagara, but much inferior to him in width. Next to the waterfall there is a mountain path with observation decks leading to the top, which offers a beautiful view of the surrounding area.

Admission

Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70.

Black Waters, Virginia

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Blackwater Falls is located in the national park of the same name in West Virginia. The height of water fall here is only 20 meters, but its mysterious dark color attracts like a magnet curious travelers. Specialists claim the water’s tint is caused by hemlock shoots growing along the banks and red spruce needles falling upstream.

Admission is free

Niagara Falls, New York

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Rounding out our top ten is one of the world’s most famous waterfalls, Niagara Falls. It is an entire complex of waterfalls located on the border of the U.S. state of New York and the Canadian province of Ontario. The two countries are connected by the “Rainbow Bridge” spanning the Niagara River. The waterfalls are only about 53 meters high, but they are very wide, and by the volume of passing water, they are the most powerful in North America.

Admission

Adults-ages 13+$74.20 @ ticket window/ $49.00 online- Children 6-12 $54.15 @ ticket window / $38.00-online.

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