There’s something about waterfalls that remind us just how incredible this earth that we live on really is. You’ll never feel more alive than when you’re a few feet away from the thundering, cascading water, feeling the spray on your face and breathing in the divine, earthy smell.
Believe it or not, you don’t have to travel far to come across an incredible waterfall. The US is home to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls which are scattered all around the states- so it’s certain that there will be one within driving distance from you. Here are five of the top most breathtaking waterfalls that you don’t want to miss:
ARIZONA: Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is already a spectacular travel destination, so you can kill two birds with one stone by visiting the Havasu Falls within the canyon. The contrast of the beautiful red and orange tones of the canyon with the sparkling blue water is simply jaw-dropping.
One thing to note is that the trek to the waterfall is definitely not for the faint-hearted, so it’s best to only take this on if you’re an experienced hiker.
TENNESSEE: Ruby Falls, Chattanooga
Ruby Falls is both the tallest and the deepest waterfall open to the public in the United States. While you’re there you can also explore the caves, take a hike to a stunning lookout point- and for the daredevils, there’s even a zip line.
The Falls’ official website gives you the chance to book all of your exciting Chattanooga Attractions in advance, as well as providing more info about the facilities, location and opening times. Tours sell out quickly, and booking online will guarantee you a spot, saving you from any disappointment on the day of your arrival.
HAWAII: Akaka and Kahuna Falls, Akaka Falls State Park
Located in a lush, green, tropical forest, Akaka and Kahuna Falls are only within half a mile from each other, giving you two waterfalls for the price of one! Akaka State Park is pretty off the beaten track, so remember to bring some snacks with you.
IDAHO: Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls
The Shoshone Falls are known as the Niagara Falls of the West for a reason! The waterfall is at least 212 feet tall (surpassing the height of the famous Niagara Falls) and 900 foot wide, making it one of the largest natural falls in the US. Visit between April and July for glorious weather, and don’t forget your camera!
CALIFORNIA: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is the perfect place to visit if you love getting out in nature, and you can hike around deep valleys, grand meadows, and of course, the famous Yosemite Falls. With hiking options to view the base or the top of the falls, you’ll have the opportunity to see one of the US’ tallest waterfalls up close and personal.