15 Best Waterfalls In The US That Will Captivate Your Senses

Home to some of the reverberating places like New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago, the United States of America is one of the charming places to visit in the world. Be it the culture, the entertainment, the atmosphere, there is something very attractive in the US that makes everyone fall for it. But have you been to any of magnificent waterfalls in the US? If your answer is no, then you should definitely read this blog and plan your trip to these waterfalls immediately. Amazingly beautiful in its nature, these are the 15 best waterfalls in the US that will captivate your senses and leave you dumbfound. 


15. Snoqualmie Falls, Washington

Tallest waterfalls in US 

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If you are a lover of Waterfalls then you should definitely not miss it. Set on the River Snoqualmie in between the Snoqualmie and Fall City, Snoqualmie Falls is one of the famous scenic attractions in Washington attracting over 1.5 million visitors every year. Best known for its international appearance in the cult television series of Twin Peaks, Snoqualmie Falls is central to many beliefs. One popular belief is that the falls is believed to be the place where the first Man and Woman were created and the great mists that rise from the powerful flow is what that carries the prayers to the creator. Interesting right! When you are in Snoqualmie Falls be sure to unravel the mysteries and share them up with us.

Best time to visit: From March to August, when the snow melts and the monsoon sets in adding to the flow of the water.  

How to reach: Some of the closest airports to the Snoqualmie Falls are Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base, Boeing Field, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. From the airport you have to drive to reach the destination. 

14. Cascade Falls, Virginia

  

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Attracting over 150,000 visitors every year, Cascade Falls is one of the most popular and beautiful waterfalls in Virginia that drops from a height of 69 feet before crashing into a large pool of water surrounded by thick, green forest. A scene that looks totally breathtaking and resembles a fairytale, Cascade Falls in Virginia is one of the most scenic waterfalls to visit in the US. It's also one of the best waterfall hikes in US so make sure to hike through the popular trails of the waterfalls and fill your cameras with some amazing pictures. 

Best time to visit: Between the months of August to November. 

How to reach: The best way to reach Cascade Falls is to get down at RoanokeBlacksburg Regional Airport and drive via VA-624 and US-460 W. 

13. Burney falls, California

  

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Burney Falls in California is a waterfall on the Burney creek and is a part of the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. With a constant flow rate of 379 million liters every day that is provided by the underground spring water from above, Burney Falls is one of the few waterfalls that you can go to all year around. Described by Theodore Roosevelt as the 'Eighth wonder of the world' which is a testimony to the beauty of the falls, Burney Falls is well-maintained and the water looks crystal clear. Explore the 910-acre park of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial that is covered in forest and lined with streams and indulge in the many activities inside the park. 

Best time to visit: Burney Falls has water flow almost throughout the year so you can visit all year round. But the peak season is from June through August. If you want to enjoy the falls at the same time avoid the crowd, visit the falls in the late of September.

How to reach: The closest airports to Burney Falls are Redding Municipal Airport and Benton Airpark in Redding. From there you have to drive to the falls and it takes nearly 1 and a half hours.

12. Multnomah Falls, Oregon

  

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Multnomah Falls, at a height of 620 feet is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon and is one of the most visited recreation sites in the Pacific Northwest attracting over 2-million visitors every year. As the legend has it, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a secluded place to take bath. The waterfall is now the centerpiece of the Columbia River Gorge and looks magnificent and mesmerizing. If you want to go hiking, you can visit the information center at the base of the Multnomah Falls which also has a restaurant to dine.

Best time to visit: The peak season in Multnomah Falls is during March and October. And it is mostly crowded. But if you want to visit the falls in the off-season, you can in the months of November till February. But be prepared with your sweaters. 

How to reach: Portland International Airport is the closest airport to the falls. So get down there and drive via I-84 E to reach the Multnomah Falls within 30-45 minutes.  


11. Shoshone Falls, Idaho

  

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Famous called as the 'Niagara of the west', Shoshone Falls in Idaho is said to be a result of an outburst flooding during the Pleistocene ice age that happened around 14,000 years ago. Dropping from a height of 212 feet, Shoshone Falls is the major attraction in the  city of Twin Falls and is larger than the Niagara Falls. The Falls is a great place for a picnic and some of the recreational activities include hiking, swimming, a playground, picnic areas, and a boat ramp.

Best time to visit: Between the months of June and August to catch the waterfalls in all its glory. 

How to reach: The best way is to get down at the Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin falls, Idaho and drive to the Shoshone Falls, which barely takes 30-minutes.  

10. Ramona Falls, Oregon

  

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Set at a total height of 120 feet, Ramona Falls in Oregon is not the tallest or not the largest of the waterfalls. But there is certainly a vibe to it that captivates the visitors. Totally dazzling and picturesque in nature, Ramona Falls covered in thick mossy forest looks totally amazing and glitters with all its shine. Take a hike from Sandy River on the base of the Mt.Hood to the spectacular Ramona Falls and back. The natural scenic along the hike is something that is unexplainable in words and is the best thing to do. 

Best time to visit: From April till October. During this time the water flow is at its best. 

How to reach: The nearest airport to Ramona Falls is the Portland International Airport. After reaching the airport, rent a car and drive via US-26 E, which takes a little over an hour to reach the falls.  

9. Ruby Falls, Tennessee

  

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Located over 1,120 feet beneath the Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Ruby Falls is the largest underground waterfall and the deepest commercial cavern in USA. Fascinating with the natural rock formations and the colorful lights, Ruby Falls is one of the best visited attractions in Chattanooga. It also offers plenty of activities for the kids, cave tours, and Zip Stream Aerial adventure. Visit the falls for the great experience that it presents and the history behind it.

Best time to visit: Among the four seasons, Summer (May to September) is the ideal time to visit Ruby Falls.

How to reach: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is the closest airport and from there you can reach Ruby Falls through drive within 30-minutes. You can also get on Greyhound Express Package from the airport road in Chattanooga. It takes approximately 2 hours in this way.  

8. Alamere Falls, California

Alamere Falls is a unique waterfall that flows directly into the ocean. Sounds crazy right?! Considered as what is known to a rare 'tidefall', Alamere Falls is set on the coastal side. Catch the dramatic sight as the water cascades from a 30-foot tall cliff and drops into the Wildcat beach. When you are done admiring the sight, drive along the coast which is equally beautiful and take a hike along the Palomarin trail for a wonderful experience. 

Best time to visit: During the months of June through September to have the best hiking experience

How to reach: San Francisco International Airport is the closest airport to Alamere Falls and from the airport, you have varied driving road options to take and the best one is to drive via CA-1 N to reach the falls faster without having to drive extra. The drive approximately takes 1 and a half hours. 

7. Manawaiopuna Falls, Hawaii

  

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Get ready for some Dinosaur fun! Manawaiopune Falls located in the Hanapepe Valley in the south of the Island of Kauai featured in the background of Steven Speilberg's Jurassic Park movie in 1993. The 400-foot waterfall which is totally engulfed by the exotic greenery of nature is unspoiled and looks totally refreshing. And the best part is Manawaiopuna Falls can be accessed from Helicopters only! Yes, you heard that right. Fly in a chopper and do some dinosaur hunting. 

Best time to visit: March - August. 
 
How to reach: The closest airport to Manawaiopuna Falls is the Lihue Airport, Kauai. From there you have to book a helicopter tour at the Island Helicopters to reach the falls. 

6. Sliding Rock, North Carolina

  

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Looking for some Sliding fun? Then head to the Sliding Rock waterfall in the North Carolina. Located near Brevard, Sliding Rock is a slide-type waterfall on Looking Glass Creek. During the summer, it is really crowded by the families who come along with their kids to slide down the 60-foot slope and splash into the 8-feet deep pool. The slide is one kind of an experience that is thrilling, exciting, and fun. If you are planning to travel with your kids, then Sliding Rock is your ideal waterfall in the US.

Best time to visit: From May till September, when the lifeguards and the staffs are available to help you with the sliding. 
 
How to reach: Asheville Regional Airport is the closest airport to Sliding Rock. And when you reach Ashville, rent a car and drive either via Blue Ridge Parkway or via NC-151 S, it takes approximately an hour to reach Sliding Rock from Ashville.  

5. Yosemite Falls, California

tallest waterfall in USA  

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Yosemite Falls in California is the highest waterfall in the Yosemite National Park and is one of the highest waterfalls in the US. Divided into three sections: Upper Yosemite fall, Middle Cascades, and the Lower Yosemite fall, the entire falls has a countless number of smaller falls. A part of the grand Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Falls is famous for its hiking trails and is always buzzing with the sound of the water dripping in through the creeks. 

Best time to visit: Between March and May during the Spring season when the flowers are in full blossom. But if you want to travel when there is little to no crowd, try visiting Yosemite falls between December and March. But you have to bear the cold. 
 
How to reach: Airports that are closer to Yosemite Falls are Fresno Yosemite International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Sacramento International Airport. From there you have to drive to the falls. Also, check Amtrak and Greyhound for bus and train services. 

4. Grand Falls, Arizona

  

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Popularly known as the Chocolate waterfall for its muddy waters, Grand Falls is a natural waterfall system located in the northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona. On full water flow, the Grand Falls totally look delicious and you will totally crave for getting a taste of the mud water. But don't! It is not what you think, you can photograph them, though. And when you are heading to the Grand Falls please pack food and have enough water bottles with you because the Grand Falls looks totally secluded and it can really be excruciating during the summers.

Best time to visit: During the months of March and April, when the snow melts and just after the monsoon season, i.e August - October. Make sure you visit the falls when it's not too hot because there is a high possibility that the water from the falls would have dried out. 
 
How to reach: The closest airport to Grand Falls is Flagstaff Pulliam Airport and it is just a 1-hour ride from Flagstaff airport via I-40 E and Leupp Rd. If you planning to travel by train take the Amtrak's train service and get down at the Flagstaff station.  

3. Havasu Falls, Arizona

  

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Hidden in the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls in Arizona is a waterfall of the Havasu Creek which totally looks picture perfect. Regarded as one of the most visited and famous waterfalls among the list of waterfalls in the Havasu Creek, the blue-green Havasu Waterfalls is a hikers paradise. Though not very easy to hike, Havasu Falls is a must-try for all those who are interested in hiking and nature. The experience is totally fulfilling and helps you unwind from the mundane part of life while allowing you to rethink and refocus. Also, try swimming behind the waterfalls. 

Best time to visit: March - June. You can also visit the waterfalls from July through September, but there is more probability for the falls to be affected by monsoons and the water is also a little warmer. 
 
How to reach: The closest airports near Havasu Falls are Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. From the airports, you have to drive to reach Havasu. If you are traveling through Amtrak's train service you have to get down at Flagstaff or Williams.  

2. Palouse Falls, Washington

  

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Dropping from a height of 198 meters from the ground, Palouse Falls in Washington is one of the state's beautiful waterfalls. Present in place out of nowhere, Palouse Falls is crowded by a stream of cars. The sheer depth of the falls and the sight of the huge cliffs surrounding the waterfalls make up for a wonderful experience. When you are in Palouse Falls explore the 105 acre Palouse Falls State Park that has camping, hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, and plenty of other activities. 

Best time to visit: March - August. 
 
How to reach: The nearest airports to Palouse Falls are Pullman Moscow Regional Airport & Lewiston Nez Perce County Airport (Domestic); Spokane International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (International). From the airports, you have to drive to the falls. Amtrak's Empire trains service also stops at Spokane. 

1. Niagara Falls, New York

  

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Niagara is one of the world famous waterfalls that is located on the border of Ontario and New York. A combination of three waterfalls: Horseshoe falls, Bridal Veil falls, and the American falls are what that makes up the great Niagara Falls and when combined they have the largest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. Take a trip on the legendary Maid of the Mist and witness the powerful Niagara Falls in all its glory or observe them from the Observatory tower.

There are numerous year-round activities for the family and the kids that include biking, golf, hiking, and swimming. And the closer attractions are MarineLand amusement park, Old Fort Niagara, Niagara Fallsview Casino and Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. 

Best time to visit: June - August. Though it is the peak season, you can make the most of the weather because, in the Winters, it is too cold. 
 
How to reach: Niagara Falls is well-connected with airports and some of the closest airports are Niagara Falls International Airport and Buffalo Niagara International Airport. It is also well served by train from New York city to Amtrak's Niagara Falls Station.  
 
Did we miss out on any of your favorite waterfall in the US? Let us know in the comments. 
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