If there’s one thing I seek out on my travels, it’s waterfalls. Especially if I plan on doing a hike or at least going into nature that’s lush in vegetation, I look forward to seeing if I come across a waterfall. Whether as enormous as Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil or as graceful as Multnomah Falls in the United States, waterfalls are natural wonders that really capture just how awe-inspiring the world is. Also goes to show that there are still parts of the planet still full of water, in the face of global warming and potential droughts, floods, and other natural disasters. Really, waterfalls are just incredible.

I’d like to share with you some of my favorite waterfalls from my travels. When it came to compiling the list, I realized that many of them are focused on ones in the US and Iceland. This is because much of my travels centered on waterfalls happened to be in those countries (whereas other destinations were focused on city breaks or their own respective natural landscapes). Any case, enjoy the photos! 🙂

10 Beautiful Waterfalls in the World

1. Iguazu Falls (Argentina and Brazil)

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2. Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)

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3. Seljalandsfoss (Iceland)

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4. Gulfoss (Iceland)

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5. Skógafoss (Iceland)

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6. Multnomah Falls (Oregon, USA)

7. Niagara Falls (USA and Canada)

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8. McWay Falls (Big Sur, California, USA)

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9. Narada Falls, Mount Rainier National Park (Washington, USA)

10. Copeland Upper Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado, USA)

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*bonus* Kravice Waterfalls (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

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What are your favorite waterfalls? Let me know! 🙂

— Rebecca


82 thoughts on “10 Beautiful Waterfalls in the World

  1. Every one of these waterfalls is so beautiful, Rebecca! It’s hard to pinpoint what makes waterfalls so unique, but I am always mesmerised when I see the water rushing down over rocky cliffs into a glistening body of water. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  2. That’s a pretty great list! Multnomah is definitely one of my favorites as well, and off the top of my head I’d probably add Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride and Awosting Falls in NY to that list. As I write this, I’m realizing I’ve really only seen waterfalls in the US and Canada. Clearly I need to do some waterfall chasing around the world.

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    1. Multnomah remains a memorable one for me, even after all of these years! I haven’t seen too many waterfalls in the eastern US, so similarly, I’ll need to go out and chase more of them, too!

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  3. Watching a waterfall do its thing is good for the soul. This is a lovely selection Rebecca, I particularly like the perspective of the Seljalandsfoss shot. In terms of the pure drama of the composition, I think my favourite is Multnomah Falls, very nicely framed. We saw an absolute beauty of a waterfall last month in the Botanical Garden of Tbilisi. I’m guessing at this rate I might get around to sharing it sometime in 2026.

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    1. The walk behind Seljalandsfoss was a bit treacherous, but worth it in the end! I saw a waterfall near Batumi, but didn’t see one in Tbilisi; it sounds wonderful (although I don’t think I can wait until 2026 to read about it)! 😆

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  4. I love waterfalls! I’m always captivated by them and I’m in awe of the water, the sound, the surroundings. Plitvice is in my bucket list – still deciding if we go for it this year or next (too many places to go to, too little vacation leaves).

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  5. Nice collection. I got so bored in Niagara that I almost started to hate waterfalls. Fortunately there is Iceland where they are true wonders of nature. Nature, that’s what Niagara is missing.

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    1. I hear you. Niagara is lovely, but as it’s in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area, that can be a put-off…still doesn’t deny the fact it’s still a natural wonder in the world!

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  6. Great post! I love waterfalls! My all time favorite is Skokagafoss, Iceland and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Hope I will have the chance to go visit them one day, because their views do look like a magical world.

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  7. How stunning! I think I had never really seen *actual* waterfalls before going to Iceland last year (can you believe it??) and needless to say I was stunned by their sheer power and beauty. The Multnomah Falls also look beautiful, and the bridge just makes for the perfect point of view I’m sure!

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    1. Iceland is nothing short of waterfalls all over! Not only that, but they’re also powerful. Multnomah is our gem in the US, and while I didn’t scale to the bridge to get closer to the falls, I think standing at the base of it to see the bridge against the falls makes for an even more stunning photo!

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    1. I don’t recall visiting waterfalls in the Pyrénées, and I’ve yet to visit the Appalachian Mountains one of these days…but they’re without a doubt excellent contributors to the natural beauty on this planet Earth!

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  8. I think that I shall never see

    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day,

    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in Summer wear

    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,

    But only God can make a tree.

    Joyce Kilmer

    I guess the same is true for waterfalls. 😊❤️ Thanks for these beautiful pictures and information about each of them.

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