May 17

Top 10 Waterfalls in the United States

Waterfalls have always been a top pick to see wherever we travel.  My wife and I like the fact that all waterfalls are unique in their own way from height, setting, how difficult it is to travel to all play a part in a waterfall experience.   Like any top 10 list it is based on personal choice and experience so we hope you enjoy our list of Top 10 Waterfalls in the United States and hope it inspires you to seek out America’s history wherever your travels take you.

Top 10 Waterfalls in the United States

10. Waimoku Falls

Waimoku Fallsvia

While the falls are impressive, what makes Waimoku Falls number 10 on our list is the incredible trail that takes you to the 400 foot waterfall located at Haleakala National Park.  Pipiwai Trail is one of the best hikes in all of Hawaii and walking to the base of Waimoku Falls is just icing on the cake.

9. Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Fallsvia

Cumberland Falls in the southeastern part of Kentucky is the shortest waterfall on the list at 68 feet high but at 125 feet long the Cumberland Falls is called the Niagara of the South.  This powerful waterfall is a must see attraction in the Blue Grass State.

8. Upper Mesa Falls

Upper Mesa Falls

Upper Mesa Falls is one of the few things that I would actually take time out of a trip to Yellowstone National Park to go and see.  If you have been to Yellowstone and did not take the 2 hour detour from the park to see this 100 foot waterfall you missed out.

7. Niagara Falls

Niagara Fallsvia

Niagara Falls is arguably the most famous waterfall in the United States, but is not number one on my list just because of the commercialization of the falls.  The 3 waterfalls that make the Niagara Falls are all powerful and all worth the effort and fighting through the crowds to see.

6. Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Fallsvia

Not as good as it once was due to irrigation diversion the Shoshone Falls are still worth the effort to see especially in the spring right after the winter snow melt.  This 212 foot waterfall is still a natural beauty along the Snake River.

5. Lower Falls Yellowstone National Park

Lower Fallsvia

Lower Falls is one of the most scenic places to visit in Yellowstone National Park so that is saying a lot.  Lower Falls is a 308 foot waterfall in golden color canyon that makes for a magnificent feast for the eyes.

4. Palouse Falls

Palouse Fallsvia

Palouse Falls is located in the middle of nowhere and in an unlikely location for this 198 feet waterfall.  It is in the dry eastern part of Washington State so make sure if you go to visit Palouse Falls go in the spring time to see the falls at its best.

3. Havasu Falls

Havasu Fallsvia

Havasu Falls is beautiful waterfall located in a remote part of the Grand Canyon.  The 100 foot waterfall back dropped by red rocks plunging into beautiful turquoise water.

2. Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Fallsvia

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North American and if you get the chance to see it in May or June you will not be disappointed.  Located in beautiful Yosemite Valley this waterfall should be included in many people’s bucket lists.

1. Multnomah Falls

Fall 2011 at Multnomah Falls in Columbia River Gorge - HDRvia

While other falls can arguably be in the number 1 slot but Multnomah Falls to me is the perfect waterfall due to its scenic beauty, over 600 feet tall, and easy to get to being just a 30 minute ride from Portland.

We hope you enjoyed our list of the Top 10 Waterfalls in the United States. Like any top 10 list they are subject to opinion so please give us yours and let us know what you think of our list, is there anything that you think we should not have put on our list and what would you replace it with by leaving a comment.

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  1. Daniel Price

    A little correction. Palouse Falls is in Eastern Washington, not Western, I should know I grew up in the area. Eastern WA is dry, Western; wet. Great list.

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Thanks I will get that corrected right away. From the Plains everything in Washington state is in the West lol.

  2. Ruth Lovelace

    Great list! Yes, I agree Multnomah Falls is #1. Sad that you didn’t get to see Shoshone Falls when it was full. Would you like me to send you a photo of it with all the water?

    1. Kenny and Karen

      We would LOVE to see your picture of Shoshone Falls!! You can send it to plainadventure@yahoo.com Thank you for the sweet comment, we sure appreciate our readers!

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