The World's Best Waterfalls

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2009 11:41 AM CDT
The World's Best Waterfalls
Havasu Falls, in Arizona.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Waterfalls are a prime tourist destination, and for good reason. Travel + Leisure runs down a list of the “world’s most spectacular,” but check before you go. Visit in the wrong season and you’ll see just a trickle. And dams can turn off the spectacle in a second.

  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Even the mist clouds create "a natural spectacle."
  • Angel Falls, Venezuela: The "undisputed tallest waterfall in the world" is visible only after a long slog to a viewing point.

  • Waihilau Falls, Hawaii: The 2,600-foot drop amid lush greenery is awesome, but the hike to see it requires an overnight.
  • Niagara Falls: The drops is only 167 feet, but the sheer breadth of the falls—3,000 feet—makes them a thunderous joy.
  • Havasu Falls, Ariz.: The Indian-owned oasis offers a great drop into a "mineral-rich" pool at 70 degrees, but call ahead: Visitors are limited.
  • Mardalsfossen, Norway: To see one of Europe's tallest drops, and the biggest in Norway, visit when the hydroelectric dam is off.
Click the link below for the rest of the list.
(Read more waterfall stories.)

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