15 Best Waterfalls In The US That Will Captivate Your Senses
- DEEPAK KANNAN
- UPDATED Sep 18, 2017
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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
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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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6. Sliding Rock, North Carolina
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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
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4. Grand Falls, Arizona
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3. Havasu Falls, Arizona
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2. Palouse Falls, Washington
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1. Niagara Falls, New York
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