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There’s just something about waterfalls that make them hard to resist. They’re absolutely mesmerizing and they create such great photo ops. We’re lucky to have so many of these natural wonders located across the U.S. Here are a few that are definitely worth a visit:
Niagara Falls | New York
We would be remiss if we didn’t start with the granddaddy of them all, Niagara Falls. The name actually covers three falls along the border between the U.S. and Ontario, Canada. The largest is Horseshoe Falls, followed by American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Not only are the falls a major tourist attraction – they are a huge source of hydroelectric power for the region. Admittance to Niagara Falls State Park is free to enjoy the views, hikes and picnic areas and there is an observation tower that offers unobstructed views of the falls. There are also optional activities to choose from such as boat tours, an aquarium and theater. Tickets for those activities can be purchased separately or as part of the park’s Discover Pass.
Arethusa Falls | New Hampshire
Located in Crawford Notch State Park in northern New Hampshire, Arethusa Falls takes its name from Greek mythology. Arethusa was a nymph whose name means “the waterer.” That’s pretty appropriate since these impressive falls tumble 140 feet down a granite cliff. The easiest way to reach the falls is by hiking a loop trail (three miles out and back) that has been described as moderately rugged.
Multnomah Falls | Oregon
Located 30 minutes from Portland on the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls delivers the awe-inspiring sight of a 611-foot cascade of icy water. The site is also steeped in Native American lore with a story that involves the beautiful daughter of the chief of the Multnomah tribe. A five-minute trail leads to the base of the falls from the parking area off of I-84, or, for a closer (and more exhilarating) view, take the paved trail up to Benson Bridge. The bridge is named after Simon Benson, a prominent Portland businessman who owned the site in the early 1900s before donating the falls to the City of Portland, which later transferred ownership to the forest service.
Cumberland Falls | Kentucky
Known as the “Niagara of the South,” these dramatic falls feature a 125-foot wide curtain of water. The falls are located in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in southern Kentucky and are home to a natural phenomenon not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere: a colorful “moonbow” can be seen on the nights of a full moon as well as on several nights before and after. The park publishes a schedule of the dates and times of upcoming moonbows on its website.
Feather Falls | California
Located near the city of Oroville in the Plumas National Forest, the 640-foot Feather Falls can be seen from the middle arm of Lake Oroville, but the best views can be found on the Feather Falls Scenic Trail. This involves a moderate, nine-mile hike to the falls and back on the upper trail loop, or a seven-mile loop out and back on the more strenuous lower trail. March, May and June are considered to be the best times to hike to the falls since the wildflowers are in bloom, temperatures are cooler and the falls’ water flow is at the highest. Experts advise allowing a minimum of four to five hours to make the hike and to take plenty of water and a first aid kit since this is a remote area.
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