Iguacu Falls—Brazil & Argentina
“Poor Niagara.” This is what Eleanor Roosevelt allegedly said when she first saw Iguacu Falls, a network of 275 separate waterfalls that spans two miles of river on the border between Brazil and Argentina. During the rainy season—March through November—the water's flow rate can reach 450,000 cubic feet per second. So revered are the falls that Hollywood has come calling on multiple occasions, most notably for Roland Joffe's
The Mission and Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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Niagra Falls—United States & Canada
Straddling the international border between the U.S. and Canada, Niagara Falls is actually three separate falls. Both American Falls (167 feet high) and Bridal Veil Falls (181 feet tall) are situated on the U.S. side. To the north, in Canada, drops Horsehoe Falls (158 feet tall). Perhaps the best way to check out the falls—assuming, of course, that you don’t mind a steady wet breeze in your face—is from the famed boat, the
Maid of the Mist, which can get as close as 600 feet from the base of the falls.
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Perhaps the coolest part of visiting Iceland’s Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is the hiking trail…located directly behind the falls, which, of course, makes for spectacular photo ops. Fair warning: Bring your waterproof boots and raincoat. The spray from the water falling 200 feet off the cliff above and hitting the stream below is said to be akin to a torrential downpour.
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Home to 16 lakes, a handful of natural dams and caves, and thousands of varying-sized falls, Plitvice Lakes National Park in southern Croatia is like something out of a Technicolor fever dream—or a C.S. Lewis novel. The water in this UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its distinctive coloring: Everything from azure to green to steely gray. The hue is in constant flux because of mineral-rich run-off from the nearby Dinaric Alps.
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Known as the Niagara of the West, Shoshone Falls cascades off the Snake River roughly five miles east of Twin Falls, Idaho. The 212-foot tall waterfall is best viewed in the spring, as the siphoning of the river for irrigation purposes has often diminished water levels in the summer and fall.
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