Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
Three sections make up North America’s highest waterfall, which comes plummeting off a sheer cliff at the top and ends up 2,425 feet below. Most people check out the scene from a viewing area near the Lower Falls;
Snoqualmie Falls, WA
Each year, more than 1.5 million people flock to see this dramatic, 270-foot screen of water. It’s an easy drive from Seattle (about 30 miles), so come with a picnic and check out the falls from the watching platforms.
Chasing Waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Not far from a theatrical black-sand beach, Chasing Waterfalls—which, certainly, evokes TLC’s hit song from the ’90s—streams down about 130 feet, bounded by an emerald-green rocky surrounding.
Devil’s Punchbowl, South Island, New Zealand
True to its malevolent name, Devil’s Punchbowl Falls is no nonviolent trickle or idealistic cascade. Throughout the snowmelt, the waterfall surges past the cliff’s edge and drops 430 feet through thin air, not along the rock face.
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
When Eleanor Roosevelt laid eyes on Iguazu Falls, she commented “Poor Niagara.” The falls, twice as wide as Niagara Falls and taller, hand out as the border of Argentina and Brazil and are only a short distance from Paraguay.
Jungfrau, Interlaken, Switzerland
The Jungfrau region is awash in hundreds of waterfalls that add to the picture-perfect scenes of flowering meadows, frozen-in-time villages, and snowcapped Alpine peaks.
Lower Falls, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Of the two waterfalls that flow from the Yellowstone River, the downstream Lower Falls has more drama—falling for 308 feet into the red-rimmed canyon.
Enchanted Kawasan Falls, Cebu, Philippines
It’s a 30-minute climb to these peaceful falls (there are three in all) on the southern end of Cebu Island. Bounded by lush steamy vegetation and hidden between the precipitous peaks of Barangay Matutinao and Badian.
Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed this at-one-with-nature home to radically be astride a good-looking forest waterfall.
Jägala Falls, Estonia
This attractive spot—frequently referred to as the “Niagara Falls of the Baltic”—is just 18 miles east of the capital city, Tallinn.