When most people think of a waterfall they picture the tropics or South America. Many don't realize that the US has numerous amazing waterfalls making it simple to plan a trip around these natural wonders.
From the world famous Niagara Falls in New York to some of the lesser-known but just as spectacular Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan, there are plenty of places across the nation where you can get close to nature and see some powerful water attractions.
Read further to find the perfect place for you to plan your next trip around and be sure to bring your camera.
The Niagara State Park, favorably for the public, is open all year. Voyage to the Horseshoe Falls in the Maid of the Mist boat from May through October for a grand sight of the falls.
Ride a glass elevator to the Prospect Observation Tower to view Bridal Falls on the Cave of the Winds Tour. The massive 400 acre park offers wildlife, dazzling scenery and more.
Don't forget your rain gear. Be sure to visit at night when everything is ablaze with a variety of lights.
This fabulous falls is actually a combination of three falls. The tallest at 1430 feet high is the Upper Yosemite Fall. Flowing into the middle cascade and finally the Lower Yosemite Fall completes the torrent at 320 feet.
One of the world's tallest, the falls can be observed from many places in the Yosemite Valley. Two of the most popular prospects are the Yosemite Village and the Yosemite Lodge. For those preferring a closer look, an escorted all day hike is available.
The Snake River has much to offer in the way of bountiful beauty. The most fantastic is the Shoshone Falls. The falls is at its most flourishing in spring and early summer when the snow impacts the flow of water.
But there cannot be a time when it is not an incredible vision. The Shoshone Falls is blended with Dierkes Park where visitors can relax while having a picnic and savor the sight of the beautiful natural falls from many points in the park.
The flow of water from an underground springs feeds the tiered Multnomah Falls. Beginning with 542 of upper falls and continuing with the second section of the falls of 69 feet, and 9 feet at the bottom, it totals 620 feet. A massive, fantastic flourish of falls is framed by a lush green forest.
A trail leading to Benson Footbridge grants guests a traverse to the lower cascade. If visitors wish to pursue the hike, the trail extends to the upper falls. Once there, feast on a fantastic view of the Columbian Gorge as well as the Little Multnomah falls which is not discernable from the ground.
The Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls, combined with Crystal Falls is known as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The Upper Falls is a surge of water splashing over rock, framed by lavish trees and vegetation.
Hikers who are comfortable with a difficult trail may obtain a better look if they are up to a 500 foot drop down with a 500 foot rise as they rebound.
The Lower Falls, actually larger than the Upper Falls, is no less spectacular. A plethora of viewing spaces include the platform at the Brink of the Lower Falls, Red Rock Point and Artist Point, as well as the South Rim Trail.
The Palouse Falls, lying on the Palouse River, is surrounded by a canyon. Named for the Palouse Indians, current, inhabitants of the area, it is the official state waterfall for the state of Washington.
Palouse State Park is the ideal entry to enjoy the panoramic view of the falls as it downrushes a wall of rock. Picnic shelters and bird watchers dot the landscape. Camping and hiking are available in the park.
Travertine comes from limestone. This limestone is the reason for the unique blue-green color of the Havasu Falls, located on the Havasupai Tribe reservation. Close to the Grand Canyon National Park, it is an oddity in the desert. A beautiful falls within it's own canyon, it is an exceptional sight.
Hiking with backpacked mules to the campground is one mode of observation. If hiking and camping are not on your agenda, within two miles of the falls is the Havasupai Lodge. Among alternatives to a hike, you may join a planned tour. Hiring a helicopter to offer a true bird's eye view is another choice.
In the heart of Kentucky, Cumberland Falls flows 60 feet over boulders. Mists of water drift over devotees of the water while they enjoy kayaking, white water rafting and canoeing. Fishing is another popular sport at the Columbia River.
At the falls, just past the gift shop, the new Cumberland Mining Company offers gem mining. Discover fossils and all colors and shapes of gemstones while you sift through your collection from the falls. Cumberland Falls also has 17 miles of backpacking and hiking trails to discover.
Alamere Falls is a unique forty foot waterfall, located in Point Reyes National Seashore. Because it flows directly into the ocean, it is known as a tidefall. The falls cascade over a slanted cliff, down on the stone rubble near the beach, where the ocean crashes to meet the falls.
It is only available to those hikers able to journey on foot eight and a half miles. The trail leading to the falls is both wide and narrow, sometimes scary but worth the reward. The sight of the fantastic coastal scenery of Alamere Falls is extraordinary.
Paradise is a matter of opinion, unless one is describing the Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan. The Tahquamenon River courses down to a 50 foot drop, creating the Upper Tahquamenon Falls.
Just a few miles downstream the Lower Tahqamenon Falls, a combination of five lesser declines of water continues downstream to Lake Superior.
Located in a scenic forest with a paved path for visitors from the parking area the falls may be seen from several parts of the park. Three sections of stairs between the top, center and lower parts of the waterfalls are ideal for snapping photos.