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20 of the World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls

There is nothing more amazing than the power of rushing water, and what sight could be more beautiful than a waterfall? The world’s most beautiful waterfalls range from rushing torrents to more delicate streams of water among beautiful foliage. These timeless beauties are among the best in the world.

Langfoss in Norway

Langfoss in Norway

Langfoss in Norway

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Measuring 2008 feet in height, this beauty has a high volume of water rushing across 250 feet. One of the most impressive waterfalls of Norway, Langfoss has not been used for any form of hydro production, making it a rare, untapped beauty.

Yosemite Falls in California

Yosemite Falls in California

Yosemite Falls in California

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Located in the heart of the Yosemite National Park, the Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in all of North America. The waterfall has a 1,430 plunge followed by 675 feet of cascades followed by an additional 320 feet of horsetail. Yosemite Falls is a major tourist attraction.

Mardalsfossen in Norway

Mardalsfossen in Norway

Mardalsfossen in Norway

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One of the tallest waterfalls in the world, this Norwegian beauty has two major falls as well as a section of cascades near the base. Since it is tapped for hydro production, the falls only run naturally between June 20 and August 20 – the tourist season.

Takakkaw Falls in Canada

Takakkaw Falls in Canada

Takakkaw Falls in Canada

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A glacial melt, the Takakkaw Falls in British Columbia falls 853 feet between two sections of cascades. The total height of the falls is estimated to be roughly 1250 feet of water falling from the Daly Glacier through the Rocky Mountains.

Angel Falls in Venezuela

Angel Falls in Venezuela

Angel Falls in Venezuela

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The tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls reaches up to 3,212 feet in height. The tremendous drop of the Angel Falls reaches 2, 648 feet. The falls are impressive, but what is more interesting is that nobody seems to know the name of the stream that creates the world’s tallest waterfall.

Gocta Catarata in Peru

Gocta Catarata in Peru

Gocta Catarata in Peru

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A hidden wonder, this waterfall was only recently brought into the common knowledge of travelers and waterfall enthusiasts. Measuring 2,531 feet, Gocta Catarata moves from a medium to a high pressure falls, and was only documented by camera for the first time in 2002, when the falls were brought to the attention of the Peruvian government.

Sutherland Falls in New Zealand

Sutherland Falls in New Zealand

Sutherland Falls in New Zealand

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Measuring 1904 feet, Sutherland Falls has a well-established reputation around the world for it’s impressive beauty. The falls come from Lake Quill, a glacier lake. The waterfall has three steps measuring up to 815 feet each as the water tumbles down.

Hanging Glacier Falls in Chile

Hanging Glacier Falls in Chile

Hanging Glacier Falls in Chile

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A hidden wonder until just recently, Hanging Glacier is one of the best waterfalls in South America, but nobody knows how tall it is or has even attempted to measure the waterfall. It is estimated that water pours down anywhere from 1,400 to 2,000 feet through the Queulat National Park.

Ramnefjellsfossen in Norway

Ramnefjellsfossen in Norway

Ramnefjellsfossen in Norway

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Once known as Utigardsfossen, this waterfall drops 2,685 feet total through cascades and horsetails. A high volume of water pours through this waterfall throughout the year making it one of the most impressive falls in the world.

Gavarnie Falls of France

Gavarnie Falls of France

Gavarnie Falls of France

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One of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe, Gavarnie Falls is the tallest in France. The falls are located in the central Pyranee Mountains, and the water that rushes 1384 to the ground after seeping from the lake through limestone.

Engstligenfäll in Switzerland

Engstligenfäll in Switzerland

Engstligenfäll in Switzerland

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A tiered waterfall in Switzerland, you can enjoy this two staged beauty from a tram that has been constructed to travel over the falls from the base to the top. With two horsetails dropping about 1,640 feet all together, this waterfall is worthy of its distinction in Europe.

Serio Falls in Italy

Serio Falls in Italy

Serio Falls in Italy

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The tallest waterfall in Italy, Serio Falls is located in the Lombardy region and rushes down the mountains only five days out of the year. The waterfall has been tapped for hydro production and is dammed except on June 20, July 18th, August 22nd, September 12 and October 3.

Sulphide Creek Falls

Sulphide Creek Falls

Sulphide Creek Falls

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Located in Washington State in the North Cascades National Park, the Sulphide Creek Falls is runoff from two large glaciers. The water of the falls runs down 1,000 feet of the mountainside into Sulphide Lake and then goes another 2,100 feet through the actual falls.

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

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Right on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, this fall is far wider than it is tall. Measuring 350 feet in height, but 5,700 feet in width, this impressive block fall has four major portions.

Iguassu Falls in Argentina

Iguassu Falls in Argentina

Iguassu Falls in Argentina

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One the border between Brazil and Argentina, the access to the falls is located in Brazil, while the bulk of the actual moving water is in Argentina. The wide, rushing falls measures a width of 8,858 feet and is best known for a section called the “Devil’s Throat”.

Kjelfossen in Norway

Kjelfossen in Norway

Kjelfossen in Norway

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Another of Norway’s impressive waterfalls, this one has a total height of 2,477 feet with a single drop of 490 feet. This height has never officially been established, however, and this waterfall is often contested among the tallest in the world.

Kukenaam Falls in Venezuela

Kukenaam Falls in Venezuela

Kukenaam Falls in Venezuela

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A sheer plunge of water measuring 2,211 feet, the falls are located in the eastern part of Venezuela, near Guyana. The waterfall is often called one of the tallest, but is, in fact, not in the top five tallest waterfalls in the world.

Yutaje Falls in Venezuela

Puerto Ayacucho

Puerto Ayacucho

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This impressive waterfall is measured at a total height of 2,200 feet. The second tallest in Venezuela, the falls has a plunge that occurs in sections as well as a section of cascades.

Basaseachic Falls in Mexico

Basaseachic Falls in Mexico

Basaseachic Falls in Mexico

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One of the most famous waterfalls in Mexico, and possibly the tallest, the falls send water rushing down 1,023 feet of sheer drop in a giant horsetail. A large rock arch at the top of the falls helps to add to the height of this fall.

Tjotafossen in Norway

Kjenndalsbreen Glacier

Kjenndalsbreen Glacier

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A final Norwegian fall to round out the list, this waterfall is a 1,837 foot drop in a horsetail. The falls originate in the Brisdale Glacier and are easily seen from a very popular picnic area near the foot of the falls.

5 comments
write - April 20, 2011

langfos in norway is the best waterfalls…

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    TravelTamed - April 20, 2011

    hello write,
    welcome to travel tamed and thanks for your comment,
    if you had put your name in the name field, i could have addressed you better,

    good to know your favorite waterfall, i have quite a few favorites of myself and yes, langfos is surely good.

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joolar - April 20, 2011

i love waterfalls, i can just watch videos and pix hours long :)))
truly wonderful of the nature mom.

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    TravelTamed - April 20, 2011

    hello joolar,
    welcome to travel tamed and thanks for your comments,
    if you had put your name in the name field, i could have addressed you better. Also, why don’t you guys get a gravatar, it will make your comment look a lot better.
    I will come up with more water fall pics and articles, make sure to subscribe to our feeds so that you don’t miss anything.

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D.J. - The World of Deej - June 22, 2012

Great list…some incredibly beautiful spots…

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