5 of the world's most wonderful waterfalls
These breathtaking falls range from soothing and tranquil to majestic and thrilling.
Majestic, powerful and even dangerous, these five waterfalls are some of the world's most stunning.
Niagara Falls. (Photo: Artur Staszewski/Flickr)
Niagara Falls (Canada & U.S.)
One of the most recognizable and storied waterfalls in the entire world, Niagara Falls actually includes three separate waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls. Located in both Canada and the United States, Niagara Falls has probably seen more engagements and weddings than most of those little chapels in Las Vegas (including one very memorable one on NBC's The Office).
Angel Falls. (Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)
Angel Falls (Venezuela)
The tallest permanent waterfall in the world at 3,212 feet, Angel Falls drops water over Auyantepui Mountain in the Canaima National Park, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The world-famous falls get their name from American aviator Jimmie Angel, the first person to fly over the falls in 1933. His ashes were even scattered over the falls upon his death in 1960. With water seemingly dropping directly from the clouds, Angel Falls is a sight to behold and one that defies traditional logic.
Iguazu Falls. (Photo: Phil Whitehouse/Flickr)
Iguazu Falls (Brazil & Argentina)
Situated on the border of Argentina and Brazil, the falls of the Iguazu River are among the widest in the world. The name "Iguazu" literally translates (in Guarani or Tupi) to "Big Water," and it has been reported that, upon seeing Iguazu Falls for the first time, United States' First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Poor Niagara." Bested only by Niagara, Iguazu currently has the second-greatest annual flow of water in the world.
Banias Nature Reserve (Israel)
The waterfall in the Banias Nature Reserve (in the northern part of Israel) is one of the world's most tranquil spots. Rain and snowmelt from Mount Hermon speeds through a canyon before tumbling out of Banias Waterfall at the foot of the mountain, leading to a beautiful little hidden area that looks more like a peaceful oasis than a force of nature. If you're looking for a place to relax, look no further than the Banias Nature Reserve.
Victoria Falls. (Photo: Zest-pk/Flickr)
Victoria Falls (Zambia & Zimbabwe)
On the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe sits the absolutely massive Victoria Falls. Part of the Zambezi River, Victoria is considered the largest waterfall in the world. It has been said that Victoria Falls acquired its name from Scottish explorer David Livingstone in 1855 when he saw the majestic beast and named it in honor of Queen Victoria. However, its other name, Mosi-oa-Tunya (translated as "the smoke that thunders") is also commonly used and, in 2013, the Zimbabwe government declared its intention to rename Victoria Falls to Mosi-oa-Tunya permanently. Whatever you prefer to call it, Victoria Falls is a waterfall like no other.
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