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30 Prettiest Waterfalls In The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/09/10 07:35 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:00 PM ET

Waterfalls are some of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. They also happen to be prominent tourist attractions in their respective locations.

Waterfalls can be big or small, roaring or quiet. No matter where they are, they never cease to be awe-inspiring.

Here are the Huffington Post's picks for the 12 prettiest waterfalls around the world, plus reader submissions. Enjoy!

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  • Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe

  • Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

  • Plitvice Falls, Croatia

  • Iguazu Falls, Argentina & Brazil

  • Niagara Falls, New York & Canada

  • Yosemite Falls, California

  • Sutherland Falls, New Zealand

  • Angel Falls, Venezuela

  • Dettifoss Falls, Iceland

  • Krimmler Falls, Austria

  • Rhine Falls, Switzerland

  • El Nicho Falls, Cuba

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Onethought"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1048228-tiny.png?20100526081203" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Onethought">Onethought</a>:<br />

  • Burgess Falls, TN

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ghostya"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ghostya">ghostya</a>:<br />Stunning falls, one of my favorites.

  • La Cascata - Val d'Aoste, Italy

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rj74210"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rj74210">rj74210</a>:<br />A series of waterfalls next to the road from Aosta to Courmayeur, la Cascata is a spectacular and refreshing sight on a hot summer's day.

  • High Falls Gorge, New York

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/fiberoptimist"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/234226-tiny.png?20090514115522" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/fiberoptimist">fiberoptimist</a>:<br />High Falls Gorge. Wilmington, New York

  • Virginia Falls, Nahanni River, Northwest Territories, Canada

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/idyl"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/idyl">idyl</a>:<br />

  • Sol Duc Falls - Washington State, USA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Southside1"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Southside1">Southside1</a>:<br />This waterfall is a 4 hour drive from Seattle, Wa.

  • Enfield Falls, Ithaca, NY

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rustam"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rustam">rustam</a>:<br />

  • Upper Multnomah Falls in winter

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/BobbyInBeaverton"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/BobbyInBeaverton">BobbyInBeaverton</a>:<br />Third tallest year-round waterfall in the US, and hugely popular with summer tourists, Multnomah Falls in Oregon's Columbia Gorge shows a different beauty in winter.

  • Taughannock Falls, Finger Lakes Region, New York

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/FreeSpeech4All"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/FreeSpeech4All">FreeSpeech4All</a>:<br />The waterfalls in this region of upstate New York are reminiscent of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon/Washington border. Photo: Janet Loughrey, www.loughreyphoto.com

  • McArthur-Burney Falls, CA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dak0ta15"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dak0ta15">dak0ta15</a>:<br />

  • Cummins Falls, TN

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/vrogers1"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/966959-tiny.png?20100526131150" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/vrogers1">vrogers1</a>:<br />Cummins Falls, TN

  • Horsetail Falls, Oregon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/KennethRanson"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/KennethRanson">KennethRanson</a>:<br />One of a series of incredibly beautiful falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Twin Falls, Rock Island, TN

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/John_Kent"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/John_Kent">John Kent</a>:<br />This area of middle Tennessee has about thirteen waterfalls within a sixty mile radius. I took this photo today, 10/10/10

  • Seven Falls, CO

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/MsMisunderstood"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/347755-tiny.png?20090703153533" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/MsMisunderstood">MsMisunderstood</a>:<br />

  • Rainbow Falls, Big Island of Hawaii

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wishmehere"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wishmehere">wishmehere</a>:<br />

  • Rainbow Falls, Hilo HI

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/etricolor"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/etricolor">etricolor</a>:<br />

  • A Vacation Rental Home on a Waterfall 2 hours from NYC

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Bob_Malkin"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1478333621/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Bob_Malkin">Bob Malkin</a>:<br />The waterfalls at the Vacation Home rental near Woodstock, New York. A 2 hour drive from New York City.

  • Rainbow Falls - New Zealand

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/spitts77"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/spitts77">spitts77</a>:<br />

  • Blackwater Falls, West Virginia

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/gbradley"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/gbradley">gbradley</a>:<br />

  • Ricketts Glen, PA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mike_Chalmers"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1252801022/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mike_Chalmers">Mike Chalmers</a>:<br />

  • yellowstone falls

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mike_Derks"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/39112979/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mike_Derks">Mike Derks</a>:<br />

  • Kundalila Falls, Zambia

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Erin_OReilly"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/29500880/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Erin_OReilly">Erin OReilly</a>:<br />Near Serenje in Zambia's Northern Province, Kundalila Falls provides swimming pools and, at their heights, a stunning panoramic view of Luangwa National Park.

  • El Chiflon in Chiapas Mexico

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Guru_Michael"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000592495992/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Guru_Michael">Guru Michael</a>:<br />Rainbow Falls at the amazing series of waterfalls in El Chiflon, a beautiful community run park in Chiapas Mexico. Visit http://mayantrip.com to see more.

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