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It is always a welcoming sight to chance upon majestic waterfalls. It is nature’s way of showing us how wonderful it is to be on Earth and to appreciate its natural state. The most beautiful waterfalls are tourist spots for a reason: so that people can come and see the beauty of nature and be inspired to keep them alive.

There are so many cascading and captivating bodies of water around the world, but Viyahe has listed five of the most beautiful waterfalls:

Niagara Falls (Canada & USA)

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Niagara Falls is popular because of its grandeur and accessible location. It is shared by Canada and North America. This popular tourist spot is visited by many daily. It’s also the easiest falls to take pictures of from all angles. If you’re in Canada, take a drive to Ontario. If you’re in the U.S., travel to New York. The scenery is worth the hour-long drive.

People fall in love with Niagara Falls because of how beautiful and powerful it looks. The falls also serves as a source of hydroelectric power. Pose and take pictures as soon as you’re in the area. Book a cruise to see the falls up close. Check out the other two falls located on the United States Side. Don’t forget to visit at night since the falls usually light up when the sun goes down.

Plitvice Waterfalls (Croatia)

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In Plitvice Lakes National Park lies 16 beautiful lakes that cascade into each other. These are what make up what is popularly known as Plitvice Waterfalls.

The park is divided into two: upper lakes and lower lakes. It takes around six to eight hours to explore the park by foot but the park has shuttles and boat rides if you’d like to see the waterfalls faster. Some allot two days to check the whole park out. There are places to stay within the park if you’d like to spend a day or two there.

Be amazed by the colors of the lakes. Some lakes are green, others blue and some grey. There are walkways along the borders to appreciate the lakes and the falls. The waters are clean and you can even see some lakes filled with fish. Plitvice Waterfalls are just the most beautiful falls you’ll ever see so be sure to bring your cameras and bring extra batteries for this trip.

Yosemite Falls (USA)

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Considered as one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, Yosemite Falls is one of those that don’t flow all year round. Nevertheless, it’s still a popular attraction in Sierra Nevada, California.

The falls stand at 2,425 feet. It’s so tall that it can be seen from afar and from different viewpoints and hiking trails. It’s also one of the main attractions in Yosemite National Park. People love Yosemite Falls for its accessibility to tourists.

Catch the falls with its water flow at its peak during late spring.

Kaieteur Falls (Guyana)

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Kaieteur Falls is probably what the offspring of Niagara Falls and Yosemite Falls would look like. It is tall, wide and majestic as it sits on a 2.99 billion-year-old rock. The way it is situated in a cursive peak and surrounded by rainforest makes it a sight to behold.

Though photos make it look like it is isolated from the rest of the world, it’s actually easily accessible. Flights to Guyana’s popular falls are available as well as organized tours. People come to check out the falls but find themselves falling in love with its surroundings too.

Keep your eyes peeled on the wildlife that inhabits the place. You might be able to spot the golden frog and the infamous pitcher plant that eats insects.

Ban-Gioc Detian Falls (Vietnam)

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If you want a waterfall attraction that has yet to be overcrowded with tourists, check out Ban-Gioc Detian Falls. Though many have seen this waterfall in numerous images, postcards, paintings and the like, it is still considered a more peaceful place to visit.

Ban-Gioc is the widest falls in Vietnam. The water that flows through it is from China’s Quay Son River which marks the border between China and Vietnam. The best time to visit the falls is around September to October when there is little rainfall.

Ride on the raft provided for tourists at the base of the waterfalls. Here you can see Ban-Gioc up close and even meet other Chinese tourists checking out the tour. Don’t forget to visit Nguom Ngao Caves before heading to the falls and be amazed by the limestone cave system. Be careful, though, as the pathway tends to get slippery.