Waterfalls for the Summer

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With summertime officially in our laps, I wanted to share some of the top waterfalls in the country. Take the whole family, or go on your own to reset in the beauty of nature! Here are 10 waterfalls in the continental US that you should visit.

McWay Falls – Big Sur, California

Located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls is an 80-foot straight drop into the Pacific Ocean. There’s an option to take a shorter hike to get to the falls, or you can take the scenic hike and see amazing views along the California coast!

Silver Falls State Park – Sublimity, Oregon

In Silver Falls State Park, there is a 7.2-mile long trail where you can experience 10 different waterfalls in a row! It’s called the Trail of Ten Falls (for good reasons). A big crowd pleaser along the trail is South Falls. You can walk behind it!

Cumberland Falls – Corbin, Kentucky

Cumberland Falls is sometimes referred to as the “Niagara of the South” due to it being a 125-foot wide beauty. You can either view this waterfall from a pair of viewing platforms conveniently located off the highway or you can hike the trails for a day filled with fun!

Niagara Falls – New York

We couldn’t leave out the actual Niagara Falls! A visit here is on most people’s bucket lists. This location is made up of three breath-taking waterfalls, two American and one Canadian. It marks the point where the Niagara River flows over the Niagara Escarpment.

Havasu Falls – Supai, Arizona

Located in the middle of the Grand Canyon’s orange sandstone, Havasu Falls is a wonderful experience. There are several great hiking opportunities and the striking color contrasts will have you in absolute awe!

Whitewater Falls – Sapphire, North Carolina

This gorgeous waterfall is the tallest in the Eastern US standing at 811 feet. There are two observation decks to utilize to gaze upon the multi-tiered waterfall which breaks over a series of jutting rocks. The upper deck has an easier access point, but the lower deck is considered to have better views.

Bushkill Falls – Bushkill, Pennsylvania

Bushkill Falls is made up of a series of eight cascades in Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains. As you hike a network of trails with a variety of difficulty levels, you can bask in all the waterfall glories. These falls are open seasonally from March through November.

Palouse Falls – Washtucna, Washington

Thousands of people visit Palouse Falls each year to see this 186-foot drop of a waterfall. You can wonder at it from many different viewpoints scattered around Palouse Falls State Park. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can peer down upon it from a trail hugging the canyon rim or get up close to the water from behind protective railings! This is a great bucket list item for anyone wandering the north-western part of the country.

Multnomah Falls – Bridal Veil, Oregon

Multnomah Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in Oregon and it’s not hard to see why. This ginormous fall has a 20th-century stone bridge that some say offers the best views. You can plan a trip around this waterfall visit alone or you can add in a trip to the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge!

Calf Creek Falls – Escalante, Utah

You can find Calf Creek Falls in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The falls are broken up into an upper and lower portion with the lower portion being the favorite. You can experience a relaxing and relatively flat six-mile hike full round. This is a perfect stop for a nice summer day!

What are your favorite waterfalls? Put them in the comments below!

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