Slideshow: 8 Awe-inspiring Waterfalls

By Emily H. Bratcher, ContributorAug. 6, 2013
By Emily H. Bratcher, ContributorAug. 6, 2013, at 4:16 p.m.
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Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Zambia; Zimbabwe
On the Zambian side of the falls, you'll find the "Devil's Pool," a natural infinity pool where some brave tourists go for a swim. For a few months each year, typically September to December, the pool is somewhat contained by a series of rocks along the precipice of the falls and relatively calm with low water levels. Read More:
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Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park, Calif.
Because it is a seasonal waterfall, Yosemite's falls roar to life in the spring — specifically during May — and then dry up in the summertime, so make sure to plan your vacation accordingly. Find out more about:
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Victoria Falls

Zambia; Zimbabwe
On the Zambian side of the falls, you'll find the "Devil's Pool," a natural infinity pool where some brave tourists go for a swim. For a few months each year, typically September to December, the pool is somewhat contained by a series of rocks along the precipice of the falls and relatively calm with low water levels. Read More:
8 Awe-inspiring Waterfalls

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park, Calif.
Because it is a seasonal waterfall, Yosemite's falls roar to life in the spring — specifically during May — and then dry up in the summertime, so make sure to plan your vacation accordingly. Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Yosemite
The Best Things to Do in Yosemite Read More:
8 Awe-inspiring Waterfalls

Iguazú Falls

Misiones, Argentina; Paraná, Brazil
Upon catching sight of the roaring Iguazú Falls — which are much larger than as America's Niagara Falls — former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly proclaimed, "Poor Niagara!" Read More:
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Kaieteur Falls

Potaro-Siparuni, Guyana
You'll find the Kaieteur Falls within the Kaieteur National Park in Guyana, South America. To reach the top of these remote falls, you'll need to hop on an airplane in the capital city of Georgetown, Guyana.  Read More:
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Seljalandsfoss

Hamragardar, Iceland
Unlike some of the other waterfalls on this list, Seljalandsfoss is easily accessible from a main tourist thoroughfare (Ring Road), fewer than 80 miles from Reykjavik. There are also ample parking facilities, as well as restrooms in close walking distance to the falls. Read More:
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Jog Falls

Karnataka, India
If you're traveling all the way to India to see the Jog Falls, make sure you plan your trip during monsoon season (June through October) when the extra rain causes the falls to overflow with surging water. Read More:
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Niagara Falls

New York state; Ontario, Canada
Goat Island (pictured above) is a viewing platform on the U.S. side of the falls. But to reach the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, you need only to walk across Rainbow Bridge. However, make certain you bring your passport (or other proof of identity) with you. Find out more about:
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Angel Falls

Canaima National Park, Venezuela
Catching sight of Angel Falls is a complicated affair (involving airplanes and sometimes boats called curiaras) thanks to the waterfall's location in the middle of a dense jungle in Venezuela's Canaima National Park. Visit when the water flow is at its highest volume, typically from June to December. Read More:
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