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Must see at least once in a lifetime: top 19 tallest waterfalls in the US

There is something magical about waterfalls. Whether you're enjoying the majesty of the largest waterfall in the US, or simply watching the murmur of a small cascade while hiking, waterfalls are extraordinary natural wonders that truly must be seen in person. Only In Your State.

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Luckily, there are plenty of noteworthy waterfalls all over the country, so no matter what state you're in, you're guaranteed to be close to one of these wonderful waterfalls. Today we will take a tour of the highest waterfalls in America. These huge and powerful cascades are sure to leave you breathless, completely immersed in a beautiful moment of complete awe and wonder.

Yosemite Falls - California

California is full of spectacular waterfalls (and even fiery waterfalls!), and while each one is extraordinary, there is one world-famous waterfall that really is literally on a whole other level. Yosemite Falls is not only the largest waterfall in California, but also the tallest waterfall in all of North America. Yosemite is the fifth largest waterfall in the entire world, 740 meters from the top of the upper falls to the base of the lower falls. It is definitely worth seeing it with your own eyes.

Palouse Falls - Washington

It is quite possible that this is the most unusual waterfall in the country. Palouse Falls looks like something from the realm of fantasy. This waterfall is really complex; located in Palouse Falls State Park in southeast Washington, the eponymous waterfall thunders over a chiselled 60-meter basalt gorge, displaying an impressive flow of water all the way. It's an incredibly majestic scene.

Multnomah Falls - Oregon

Mighty Multnomah Falls is a vision; sublime sensory experience. This almost 190m high roaring waterfall is located in the Columbia River Gorge with over 90 waterfalls on the Oregon side alone, Multnomah Falls truly is its gem.

Shoshone Falls - Idaho

Shoshone Falls is Idaho's most famous waterfall, with a waterfall taller than Niagara. The sight of this cascade is awe-inspiring and is a favorite among avid waterfall hunters. The best place to watch the waterfall is in the spring in the Shoshone Falls park of the same name; however, Shoshone Falls truly is a majestic spectacle at any time of year, and is known for leaving onlookers speechless, so breathtaking is the sight.

Lower Falls - Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park is a national treasure and a destination for waterfall lovers. The national park contains more than 45 magnificent waterfalls, the highest and most visited of which is the Lower Falls.

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This waterfall is a vision; it cascades from a height of 93 m and is almost twice as high as Niagara Falls. And Lower Falls also has something that Niagara doesn't: a scenic spot at the head of the Grand Canyon Yellowstone River. This great location sets the stage for a bold and breathtaking view that is truly worthy of your wish list.

Lower Calf Creek Falls - Utah

Lower Calf Creek Falls is located in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. Here you will find a hidden oasis with a duo of dazzling waterfalls: Upper Calf Creek Falls and Lower Calf Creek Falls. The latter is the largest of the two; A 38-meter waterfall that flows into a sparkling azure pool. The hike to these falls is as impressive as the falls themselves, so take your time and let yourself experience the immense beauty of Utah's cherished Upper Calf Creek Falls and Lower Calf Creek natural area.

Havasu Falls - Arizona

Nestled in the arid desert of Arizona, among the red rocky walls of the Grand Canyon, you will find a small virgin oasis with clear azure waters and a bountiful rushing waterfall. While the Grand Canyon gets all the credit in terms of Arizona's most spectacular natural wonders, Havasu Falls is a true natural wonder. Adjacent to the Grand Canyon National Park, the falls are located at the foot of the Havasu Canyon on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Havasu Falls is 30m high and its powerful cascade plunges into the famous aquamarine waters caused by a series of chemical reactions. It is one of the most amazingly majestic natural spectacles in the country.

Fall Creek Falls - Tennessee

Tennessee is a state teeming with waterfalls, from the cascades that dot the Mississippi to the cavernous expanses of the Great Smoky Mountains. Of course, the entire state is known for its natural beauty, but it's these incredible bodies of water that really leave their mark. Fall Creek Falls State Park is the most visited state park in the state, and for good reason: it's home to the highest waterfall in Tennessee, Fall Creek Falls of the same name. At 78m, Fall Creek Falls is not only the tallest waterfall in the park, but also in the eastern United States. This dazzling vision is sure to please even the most demanding of adventurers.

Raven Cliff Falls - South Carolina

This 120-meter South Carolina waterfall gracefully cascades down Raven Cliff and into the high hills below. The largest waterfall in Palmetto State, Raven Cliff Falls is absolutely breathtaking and utterly, amazingly unique. Although the path to this majestic cascade is admittedly a bit confusing, your efforts will be rewarded when you see the beauty of Raven Cliff Falls.

Dry Falls - North Carolina

There is no waterfall quite like the majestic Dry Falls, a 22-meter beauties in North Carolina. Contrary to its nickname, Dry Falls is not dry at all. The waterfall gets its name because of the unique opportunity it gives visitors to walk behind it and remain relatively dry. However, during or after heavy rain, you may feel the splash created by the water hitting the ledge in front of the trail! This famously popular waterfall is truly one of a kind, you'll want to bring your camera because the photo ops here are phenomenal.

Yahoo Falls - Kentucky

Cumberland Falls gets all the attention in Bluegrass State, but Yahoo Falls is just as gorgeous. At 34m, this waterfall is the tallest in Kentucky and is located in the wonderful Daniel Boone National Forest. Kentucky is a humble place of unspeakable beauty and wonder, and Yahoo Falls is one of the state's true stars.

High Falls - Minnesota

Situated on the border of Minnesota and Canada, High Falls is 36m of pure power that will leave you completely spellbound. The 1,5-3 km hike to this waterfall is almost as worthy of an enthusiastic swoon as the waterfalls themselves. The well-signposted trail, which is ideal for all skill levels, ends at a scenic spot with a beautiful view. Just prepare to be dazzled: nothing beats the churning waters of the High Falls as they tumble down the cliff on their way to Lake Superior.

St. Louis Canyon Falls - Illinois

Starved Rock State Park is home to many canyons and waterfalls, thanks to melting glaciers that carved the sandstone canyons long ago. Every spring these waterfalls come to life, rush majestically through the gorges and delight everyone who sees them. There are about 20 canyons in this state park, although not all of them produce waterfalls throughout the year. Some of the most popular are French Canyon, Wildcat Canyon and St. Louis Canyon. In St. Louis Canyon you will find the waterfall of the same name: a 24-meter spectacle that is quite impressive.

Tahquamenon Falls - Michigan

Tahquamenon Falls, one of Michigan's true treasures, is the #PureMichigan peak. Tahquamenon Falls is actually two enchanting waterfalls, both located in the Tahquamenon Falls State Park of the same name. One of the most stunning waterfalls in the country has a distinctive brown color that comes from tannins absorbed by the cedar and hemlock swamps. While this chemical reaction can darken the sight of a waterfall in summer, the tannins give the frozen waterfall a delightful and unexpected color during the winter months.

Raymondskill Falls - Pennsylvania

At 45m tall, Raymondskill Falls is Pennsylvania's tallest waterfall, and its three-level cascades are pretty much the ideal of falls. The waterfall, which is only slightly shorter than Niagara Falls when each level is added together, provides the perfect setting for photos and quiet contemplation. This is a very beautiful and quite popular area, so plan to visit it in winter and early spring so that you can fully enjoy this breathtaking nature.

Rainbow Falls - New York

Upstate New York has an abundance of natural beauty, but Rainbow Falls is on a whole other level. Located in Watkins Glen State Park, Rainbow Falls is the tallest waterfall in the park, and if you visit at the right time of the day, you can also see an enchanting rainbow. The park as a whole is pure fantasy; with four trails, 19 waterfalls, a lily pond, an ecological trail, and a 151-year-old suspension bridge, it's like something out of The Lord of the Rings. The icing on the cake is these waterfalls at the end of the rainbow.

Niagara Falls - New York

Niagara Falls is one of the most famous state parks not only in New York, but throughout the world. The first state park in the United States, this natural attraction attracts approximately 30 million visitors annually and is a true American icon. The waterfalls that flow from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario are technically a set of three cascades and are among the most powerful on the continent, with 169900 cubic meters of water flowing every minute. It is a magnificent sight to behold in person and a humble reminder of the wonders of Mother Nature.

Kent Falls - Connecticut

Kent Falls State Park was founded in 1919 when the White Memorial Foundation bequeathed 80 hectares of land to the state of Connecticut. The park has been repeatedly named one of the most beautiful places in the state and the northeast, and Kent Falls certainly has something to do with it. In this series of incredible cascades, water rushes 76 meters down a path of smooth, shiny rocks. The tallest single waterfall has an impressive height of 21m, but don't worry too much about the superlatives; Kent Falls is truly the sum of its parts.

Moxie Falls - Maine

With a spectacular 27m drop, Moxie Falls is the highest and most easily accessible waterfall in Maine. It is also one of the most beautiful places in all of New England. The hike to the falls is almost as breathtaking as the cascades themselves, passing through green forests that are straight out of a fairy tale. As the greenery thins and falls, this breathtaking scene in the Pine Tree State is sure to take your breath away.

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