World of Waterfalls

Soak in the spray of some of the most amazing cascades in the world on your next vacation.

Iguassu Falls

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Iguassu Falls

Where in the world is it?
This South American wonder is on the border between Brazil and Argentina.

When should I visit?
You’ll find the most temperate weather and smallest crowds in September and October.

How close can I get?
Three ring-shaped balconies at the water’s edge give the best views of the popular Devil’s Throat section.

Keep your eyes peeled:
Groups of vencejos—local swifts—build their nests behind the falls and can often be seen swooping through the skies.

Claim to fame:
In the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the titular archaeologist goes over the falls.

Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls

Where in the world is it?
On the border of Ontario and New York; the Canadian side offers a view of Horseshoe Falls.

When should I visit?
Summer is best temperature-wise, but the crowds tend to be bigger, so plan to arrive early in the day.

How close can I get?
The Whirlpool Aero Car, an antique cable car in operation since 1916, takes you on a ride above the Niagara Whirlpool rapids. (It’s only open April through November.)

Keep your eyes peeled:
Niagara Falls is considered the honeymoon capital of North America, so you may see more than a few lovebirds.

Claim to fame:
Jim and Pam were married on The Maid of the Mist, a popular tour boat, during the sixth season of The Office.

Victoria Falls

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Victoria Falls

Where in the world is it?
One of the largest waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls lies on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

When should I visit?
July to September is the best time; the waterfall puts on quite a show, but the water volume isn’t so high that you get soaked.

How close can I get?
You can feel the spray on your cheeks on a sunset cruise aboard the African Queen.

Keep your eyes peeled:
You’re likely to see bungee-jumpers, skydivers and all manner of adrenaline junkies.

Claim to fame:
Victoria Falls was the first site visited during the first season of The Amazing Race in 2001.

Wailua Falls

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Wailua Falls

Where in the world is it?
Hawaii’s twin Wailua Falls are on the east side of Kauai and deliver twice the pleasure.

When should I visit?
Avoid the dry season (April to October), when the water levels tend to be low.

How close can I get?
The falls are easily accessible from the road. The observation point next to the falls is perfect for taking photos.

Keep your eyes peeled:
When the sun is at just the right angle in the early morning, a rainbow is often visible along the base of the falls.

Claim to fame:
The distinctive double-barrelled falls are recognizable in the opening credits of the TV series Fantasy Island.

Gullfoss

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Gullfoss Waterfall

Where in the world is it?
The falls are part of the Golden Circle in southwest Iceland.

When should I visit?
Iceland is warmest from May to September, but the falls are especially gorgeous in winter months.

How close can I get?
Get close enough to get wet by taking the narrow path that provides close-up views of the massive, two-tiered waterfall.

Keep your eyes peeled:
When the weather is clear, turn your back to the falls to catch a glimpse of the spectacular Langjökull glacier.

Claim to fame:
Gullfoss featured in the music video for alternative rock band Live’s 2004 single “Heaven.”

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Heidi Kazemi, AAA Travel Counselor, Roseville, Calif.

Customization is always my top priority when planning a client's vacation. I ask about their family and where they've been before. Their preferences guide our planning so the vacation is perfectly tailored for them.

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