The world’s highest waterfall at 3,212 feet is the Angel Falls in Venezuela. However, when it comes to the number of waterfalls, the United States has the most waterfalls compared to other countries of the world, specifically in Michigan, with 272 waterfalls.
New Hampshire has 364 waterfalls, 314 waterfalls throughout Alaska, 355 waterfalls recorded in Vermont, 420 waterfalls listed in Wyoming, and the state of Montana with 455 waterfalls. Every waterfall around the world holds a distinct and unique beauty, see 10 of the Most Breathtaking Waterfalls on the planet.
10- Angel Waterfalls, Venezuela
Angel Falls or in Pemon language – Kerepakupai Vená, meaning “waterfall of the deepest place”, is the highest waterfall in Venezuela and the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world.
The waters gush over the edge of the Auyantepui Mountain in the Canaima National Park the Gran Sabana region of Bolívar State which flows into the Charan River, a tributary of the Carrao River. Angel Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The world’s highest waterfall stands 979 m (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 m (2,648 ft).
9- Yosemite Falls, California
Yosemite Falls is the highest measured waterfall in North America in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada , California. The Yosimete waterfall is a major attraction in the park, especially in late spring when the water flow is at its peak. California’s pride is the seventh highest waterfall in the world, measured at 2,425 feet (739 m) from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall. The native people of Yosemite Valley also known as the Ahwahneechee people live at the base of the falls.
The village calls the falls “Cholock” and believed that the plunge pool at its base was inhabited by the spirits of several witches, called the Politi.
8- Akaka Falls, Hawaii
Akaka Falls plunges into the Kolekole Stream at 422 feet (129 m). Akaka is twice the height of Niagara Falls, and is located in a state park on Hawaii Island.
Akaka which means “crack” is one of the most go-to destinations when visiting Hawaii Island. the Inhabitants in this area believed that a stone or Pōhaku a Pele, when struck by a branch of a flowering evergreen tree will call the sky to darken and rain to fall. The site, just off the Hawaii Belt Road, also holds perfect hiking trails surrounded by lush trees, native orchids, and banyan trees.
7- Ventisquero Colgante Falls, Chile
Chile’s Cascada de Ventisquero Colgante, or “Hanging Glacier Falls” is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in South America and Chile’s top waterfall. This beauty stands at an approximate 1,800 feet high with an exceptionally freezing water supply from a slow-melting glacier that hangs over the edge of the falls.
The blue glaciers will soon melt into a huge water supply rushing down its base. A few hundred meters away from the towering glaciers, are the lush rainforest which adorned the Queulat National Park. The gigantic ice-blue glaciers and the lush tropical forest, give “Hanging Glacier Falls” an intriguing beauty.
6- Gullfoss (Golden Falls) in Iceland
Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions, located in the Canyon of Hvítá River in southwest Iceland. The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 m³/s. In the early 20th century there were plans to utilize Hvítá and the falls to generate electricity, which would have changed the waterfall forever, luckily it was not done, and now the waterfall is protected.
5- Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Kaieteur Falls is a waterfall located in Kaieteur National Park, central Essequibo Territory, Guyana. It plunges 251 metres (822 ft) high, and then flows over the rapids on the Potaro River.
It is a single drop waterfall about four times higher than the Niagara Falls, and about twice the height of the Victoria Falls, and is the 123rd tallest (single and multi-drop waterfall) in the world, according to the World Waterfall Database. Kaieteur Falls are among the most powerful waterfalls in the world with an average flow rate of 663 cubic meters per second (23,400 cubic feet per second).
4- Victoria Falls, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Falls was first discovered in 1855 by Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone, who named the discovery in honor of the Queen Victoria.
Victoria Falls was classified as the world’s largest sheet of falling water, measuring a width of 1,708 metres and a height of 108 metres. Victoria Falls is rough twice the height of Niagara Falls and more than twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. In height and width, Victoria Falls is rivalled only by Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls.
3- Niagara Falls, Border of Canada and New York
Niagara Falls is a combination of three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the province of Ontario Canada and New York in the United States.
The three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie on the Canadian side and the American Falls on the American side, separated by Goat Island. The Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the other waterfalls by Luna Island.
The combined falls form the highest flow rate in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m), and the Horseshoe Falls as the most powerful waterfall in North America. Niagara Falls was formed during the last glacial period or the ice age.
2- Ban Gioc – Detian Falls, Border of China and Vietnam
Asia’s most scenic waterfall is located in between China and Vietnam. Ban Gioc–Detian Falls are two waterfalls in Chinese Guichun River, and in Trùng Khánh District, of the Cao Bằng province in Vietnam. In Vietnam, the two parts waterfall has a sole name-Bản Giốc. It is currently the 4th largest waterfall along a national border, after Iguazu Falls, Victoria Falls, and Niagara Falls.
1- Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Iguazu Falls is a waterfall located on the Iguazu River bordering Argentina and Brazil. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu and can be accessed from either town in Puerto Iguazú in Argentina and Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil. The Iguazu River has 275 individual waterfalls along nearly two miles of the river system.
Iguazu Falls was a remnant from a volcanic eruption that left the earth with a massive break. The falls are near twice as wide and significantly taller than Niagara Falls and can hold more than 450,000 cubic feet of water per second gushing over its rapids. Iguazu Falls were also featured in several movies including Miami Vice (2006)and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.