Top 34 Stunning Waterfalls You Won’t Believe Are Real

Waterfalls are one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena in the world. Here, we present our list of 34 stunning waterfalls you won’t believe are real. The list counts down the best of the best and includes waterfalls all over the world. Check it out for yourself below!

Number Thirty-Four: McArthur-Burney Falls – USA

Located in California, McArthur-Burney Falls belongs to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park – the second-oldest state park in California! The tallest of the waterfalls stands at 129 feet.

Number Thirty-Three: Horsetail Falls – USA

Not to be confused with Horsetail Fall in Yosemite, Oregon’s Horsetail Falls are arguably more stunning. The fall resembles a horsetail and stands at 176 feet above the ground.

Number Thirty-Two: Rainbow Falls – New Zealand

Located in Kerikeri, New Zealand, Rainbow Falls go by the Maori name of Waianiwaniwa. The falls stand at 27 meters high and are beyond stunning to see in person.

Number Thirty-One: Blackwater Falls – USA

Part of Blackwater Falls State Park, the waterfalls here feature a special kind of water. The water appears black as a result of the tannic acid released from falling hemlock and red spruce needles.

Number Thirty: Vinnufossen – Norway

This waterfall is not only the tallest waterfall in Europe, but it’s also the sixth tallest waterfall in the world! The falls are tiered and have a total height of 2,820 feet.

Number Twenty-Nine: Kaieteur Falls – Guyana

Kaieteur Falls are the world’s widest single drop waterfall. The falls are 761 feet high and are located on Guyana’s Potaro River.

Number Twenty-Eight: Plitvice Falls – Croatia

These serene and stunning waterfalls are located in central Croatia. The falls are in a national park that also features lots of wildlife and lush vegetation.

Number Twenty-Seven: Iguazu Falls – Argentina and Brazil

These falls are part of the Iguazu River, which borders Argentina and Brazil. The longest drop of the falls is 269 feet, and their total width is an impressive 1.7 miles.

Number Twenty-Six: One of the Most Popular Waterfalls – Niagara Falls, USA and Canada

Niagara Falls are one of the most well-known and documented waterfalls in the world. The falls comprise three separate waterfalls located on the border of the United States and Canada.

Number Twenty-Five: Yosemite Falls – USA

A stunning sight to see in person, Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in the entirety of Yosemite National Park. From the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall is a distance of 2,425 feet.

Number Twenty-Four: Sutherland Falls – New Zealand

New Zealand’s Sutherland Falls comprises three separate cascades. The falls are breathtaking in person, and the longest drop is a jaw-dropping 814 feet.

Number Twenty-Three: Eas a’ Chual Aluinn – Scotland

It might be a mouthful, but it’s worth learning how to pronounce. Eas a’ Chual Aluinn is the UK’s tallest waterfall and has a sheer drop of 658 feet.

Number Twenty-Two: Dettifoss Falls – Iceland

Rumored to be Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss is one of the most stunning waterfalls to see in person. The waterfall stands at a height of 144 feet.

Number Twenty-One: Krimml Falls – Austria

Austria’s Krimml Waterfalls have a total height of 38 meters and are also the highest falls in Austria. The falls are tiered and begin at the very top of the Krimmler Ache Valley.

Number Twenty: Rhine Falls – Switzerland

Switzerland’s Rhine Falls holds the honor of being Europe’s largest plain waterfall. The waterfall is 75 feet high and has a total width of 450 feet.

Number Nineteen: El Nicho Falls – Cuba

El Nicho Falls is one of the most underrated waterfalls in the world. The falls are extremely secluded but are worth the extra effort required to see them in person.

Number Eighteen: Burgess Falls – USA

Located in the heart of America, Tennessee’s Burgess Falls is part of Burgess Falls State Park. The state park features four different waterfalls that all cascade into one pool.

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Number Seventeen: Marmore Falls – Italy

The Marmore Falls might not be made by nature, but it’s certainly not something to scoff at. The waterfall is 165 meters high and is the tallest man-made waterfall in all of Europe.

Number Sixteen: Beaver Meadow Falls – USA

Located in the Adirondacks, Beaver Meadow Falls is one of the most beautiful cascading waterfalls in the world. The waterfall is not easy to get to, but it’s well worth the trek.

Number Fifteen: Virginia Falls – Canada

Virginia Falls is located in Nahanni National Park Reserve in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The waterfall is 315 feet high, which makes it double the size of Niagara Falls. Impressive!

Number Fourteen: Sol Duc Falls – USA

Washington’s Sol Duc Falls are quite the sight and are accessible from the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. Catch the best views of the falls by hiking to the bridge near the falls where you can cool off with mist from the falls.

Number Thirteen: Enfield Falls – USA

Enfield Falls is located in Robert H. Treman State Park in New York. The waterfall has a place for visitors to swim and is one of the most serene spots to relax in the summertime.

Number Twelve: Multnomah Falls – USA

Oregon’s Multnomah Falls formed as a result of the Missoula Floods and is tiered. The total height of the fall is 620 feet, and it features two stunning drops.

Number Eleven: Taughannock Falls – USA

This waterfall belongs to Taughannock Falls State Park, located in New York. The waterfall drops from a height of 215 feet and the park also features camping, swimming, and sports activities.

Number Ten: Ventisquero Falls – Chile

Chile’s Ventisquero Falls is one of the most stunning waterfalls in South America. Even more impressive, Ventisquero Falls flows from a glacier that’s 50,000 years old.

Number Nine: Pearl Shoal Waterfall – China

Pearl Shoal Waterfall is located on a tributary of the White Dragon River and stands at an altitude of 7,982 feet. The top of the waterfall has an impressive width of 533 feet and falls for a total of 130 feet.

Number Eight: Palouse Falls – USA

The Palouse Falls are part of the Palouse River, located in Washington. The fall stands at 198 feet tall and is the official state waterfall of Washington.

Number Seven: Gullfoss – Iceland

It’s no wonder that Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions because it’s beyond stunning. The water flows at a volume of 140 cubic meters per second and has a total height of 32 meters.
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Number Six: Ban Gioc-Detian Falls – China and Vietnam

Straddling the international border between China nad Vietnam, Ban Gioc-Detian Falls are actually two separate waterfalls. The falls flow at peak rates during the rainy season, so be sure to visit then for some breathtaking views of nature.

Number Five: Waterfall on Heinanova Mountain – The Faroe Islands

Located on an archipelago between Norway and Iceland, the waterfall on the Faroe Islands’ Heinanova Mountain is one of the most secluded waterfalls in the world. There is no one universally accepted name for this waterfall, although the locals most often call it “the waterfall on Gasdalur,” Gasadalur being the name of the village there.

Number Four: Browne Falls – New Zealand

Located in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, Browne Falls contains six drops and has been listed at two conflicting heights – 619 meters of 836 meters. The falls are sourced from a tarn named Lake Browne.

Number Three: Tugela Falls – South Africa

Generally believed to be the second-tallest waterfall in the world, Tugela Falls are stunning and have a total height of 3,110 feet. Above the falls are a campsite and mountain hut, so adventurous travelers should consider hiking to the top.

Number Two: Angel Falls – Venezuela

Angel Falls is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. It’s also one of the world’s most well-known waterfalls and stands at a height of 3,212 feet.

Number One: Victoria Falls – Zambia and Zimbabwe

Finally, number one on our list of 34 breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls is Victoria Falls, located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The waterfall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a total height of 355 feet. Thanks for reading!