TLC was wrong about one thing: Chasing waterfalls is never a bad idea. Who doesn’t need a little refreshing, gorgeous, thundering, awe-inspiring natural spectacle to seize that life affirmation and gratitude we're all looking for? If you have a hankering to see one of the best waterfalls in the world from right up close, here's our pick for places to walk, hike, boat, or helicopter in to see.
1. Niagara Falls
These famous falls between Canada and the United States are internationally admired for a very good reason: They’re epic. They’re wide (2,600 feet), tall (167 feet) — and there’s just something extra magical about a waterfall bringing two nations together.
2. Victoria Falls
Speaking of waterfalls bringing two nations together, that’s just what Victoria Falls does for Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is regarded as the largest waterfall in the world based on its combined height and width.
3. Angel Falls
The world’s highest waterfall (without any interruption) is Angel Falls in Venezuela. Located in an isolated jungle, getting here can be tough and usually requires a trip by river.
4. Jog Falls
As the second highest waterfall in India, this one is a dazzling beauty. Depending on the time of year you visit, you might view this waterfall’s segments as gorgeous individual streams — or more like one giant, roaring fall.
5. Iguazu Falls
These Iguazu River falls lie between Argentina and Brazil. These falls are expansive, impressive, and a stellar addition to any trip to South America.
6. Plitvice Falls
These Croatian gems look to be straight out of a storybook. The tiered Plitvice Lakes are already a national treasure and the falls — that plunge into beautifully turquoise waters — are the icing on the cake.
7. Ban Gioc-Deitan Falls
The tranquil sight of Ban Gioc-Deitan Falls can be seen on the border between Vietnam and China. If ever there were a waterfall in which fairies might just exist, this could be it.
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