07/18/2012 10:46 am ET

Best Waterfalls In U.S. National Parks

From Mother Nature Network's Starre Vartan:

Waterfalls are the perfect destination for a summertime hike — the areas around them tend to be cooler during hot days, and they are meditative as well. Standing near thousands of gallons of water running over a precipice and crashing below reminds us of the power, and the beauty, of the natural world. Kids always love a good waterfall (adults aren’t immune to its powers either), and waterfalls tend to be some of the most popular destinations in our national parks. Here are some of our favorites.

List and captions courtesy of Mother Nature Network.