15 of the World’s Top Waterfalls

Summer is well under way, and with it comes the hot weather. What better way to cool off then by seeing where the top waterfalls in the world are located. There may just be a fun summer destination calling your name to go explore these amazing waterfalls and see which ones you might be tempted to go water slide down or jump off the edge.

1. Victoria Falls


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Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia. Image from: places.co.za

Is considered to be the biggest, largest, most impressive waterfall in the world! Location of Victoria Falls is off the Zambezi River just bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia, in the Southern part of Africa. It was named after Queen Victoria, by a man named David Livingston who claimed to discover the falls in 1855, even though the locals called it “The Smoke That Thunders.”

2. Ventisquero Falls

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Ventisquero Falls, Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, Chile. Image from: wondermondo.com

Is a 50,000 year old glacier where this amazing waterfall runs off of in Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez Del Campo, in Chile. The word “Vestisquero “in Spanish, translates to a blizzard or snowstorm.

3. Niagara Falls


Niagara Falls, Niagara Gorge, Ontario, Canada. Image from: planetware.com

Probably one of the most recognizable water falls in the world Located in theNiagara Gorge, in Ontario, Canada. This water feature has had many dare devils take the big plunge in a barrel going down 165ft into the water below. Many do not survive. The three individual falls are named American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

4. Angel Falls

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Angel Falls, Auyantepui, Venezuela. Image from: world.new7wonders.com

Coming in at 3,212ft Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the entire world. Located in Auyantepui, Venezuela and was named after Jimmie Angel who was the first person to fly over the falls and crash landed on top of it. It took 11 days to walk down to the bottom. Another little known fact is that Angel Falls was the waterfall inspiration for Pixar’s movie UP with the waterfall on the mountain.

5. Pearl Shoal Waterfall


Pearl Shoal Waterfall, Sichuan Province, China. Image from: dreamstime.com

Is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery around located in Sichuan Province, China with Five Flower Lake or Multi-colored Lake being one of the most spectacular Lakes you will ever encounter. You can’t go wrong with waterfalls and beautiful lakes to go around.

6. Sutherland Falls


Sutherland Falls, Milford Sound, New Zealand. Image from: worldtoptop.com

This enchanting waterfall in Milford Sound, New Zealand is one of the best around. The fall extends to 1,904 ft, making this one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. The water comes from a mountain lake on top.

7. The Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands, Archipelago between Norway and Iceland. Image from: photography.nationalgeographic.com

This destination is not as well known. It is located in Archipelago which is in-between Norway and Iceland. There are not a lot of people who live in this village, which means it is not your average tourist destination.

8. Yosemite Falls


Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley, California, USA. Image from: wunderground.com

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America and number 5 in the world, Located in Yosemite Valley, California, USA. It is majestic and breathtaking. Since this ne relies on the snow it is big and full in the spring and will shrink towards the late summer. But it is still impressive.

9. Palouse Falls

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Palouse Falls, Franklin/Whitman counties, Washington, USA. Image from: ronandonovan.com

What makes this 198ft water fall Located in Franklin/Whitman counties, Washington, USA impressive is the fact that it is 17ft higher than Niagara Falls. This waterfall became famous when Tyler Bradt a pro kayaker set a world record as the largest decent off a waterfall.

10. Plitvice Waterfalls


Plitvice Waterfalls, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. Image from: onebigphoto.com 


This Waterfall makes you feel like it came out of a fairy tale. The Plitvice Falls in Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia are home to many emerald lakes that each drain into the next lake creating a spectacular series of waterfalls. The valley is immersed with vegetation and is only passable through wooden walkways that are built for the national park.

11. Iguazu Falls

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Iguazu Falls, Iguazu River, bordering Brazil and Argentina. Image from: world.new7wonders.com

The Iguazu River, bordering Brazil and Argentina is translated to mean Big Water. The legend is told of two lovers that were not meant to be as the deity that loved the woman sliced the river creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to eternally falling forever.

12. Ban Gioc–Detian Falls

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Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, Bordering China and Vietnam. Image from: candleforlove.com

This waterfall may not be the most impressive in size dropping in at 98ft. But it still is unearthing buried treasure inside the many caves within the cliffs. It borders are between China and Vietnam.

13. Kaieteur Falls

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Kaieteur Falls, Essequibo Territory, Guyana. Image from: worldtoptop.com

This waterfall has a legend that Patamona Indian Legend in which a chief named Kai wanted to save his people by paddling over the waterfall in an act of self sacrifice to Makonaima, the Great Spirit. It is located in Essequibo Territory, in Central Guyana.

14. Gullfoss


Gullfoss Falls, Hvítá River, Iceland. Image from: travelet.com

When you translate the name of the waterfall it means Golden Falls. It is located on the Hvítá River, in Iceland. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of Iceland. Make a day of seeing the falls and the local geysers in what they call the golden circle.

15. Taughannock Falls

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Taughannock Falls, Tompkins County, New York, USA. Image from: tamron.myphotoexhibits.com

Located in Tompkins County, New York, USA is the largest single-drop waterfall east of the Rockies. You can only get to this waterfall by hiking the trail but take note that you are not allowed to go swimming, it is forbidden.


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