It’s true that not much can compare to the epic trio of waterfalls on the border of New York and Canada. However, there are a handful of spots across the country that are nearly as awesome … and possibly closer to home. Pick your favorite from these popular choices.
Triple Falls (Oregon)
These falls are great to visit at any time of year, and the one-and-a-half-mile trail to get there includes a variety of terrain and a wide range of inclines that are suited for moderately experienced hikers. They’re located in the Western Gorge, where you can see Horsetail and Ponytail Falls as well.
Cascade Falls (Virginia)
If you’re willing to take a relatively easy four-mile hike in Jefferson National Forest, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of this 66-foot waterfall. You’ll also find trout fishing in nearby Little Stony Creek. This one’s a big draw for students of nearby Virginia Tech, so consider yourself warned to time your visit accordingly and avoid the seasonal rush!
Potato River Falls (Wisconsin)
Silly name aside, these falls — with a 90-foot drop — are no joke. Try and visit in the autumn, when the colored leaves frame the water in a beautiful way. The trail down to the falls is a bit steep, but you can also glimpse them from an observation area near the parking lot. There’s also a picnic area and campsite nearby if you want to stay a while!
Grand Falls (Arizona)
If you’ve ever wished for a life-sized chocolate fountain, Grand Falls at least LOOKS good enough to eat … unfortunately, it’s not actually edible. However, the muddy waters give the falls a mocha-like appearance, making for some pretty cool pictures. Plus, if you think Niagara is impressive, you’ll be excited to know that they stand at 185 feet, topping Niagara by about 20 feet. You can find them about 30 miles north of the city of Flagstaff in the Painted Desert that’s part of the Navajo Nation.
Yosemite Falls (California)
While Yosemite has a number of waterfalls, these are the highest of all, with more than a 2,400-foot drop from the top. The water flows from November through July, but the best time to visit is May, when it’s at its peak. While you’re in the park, you can also check out Sentinel Falls, Ribbon Fall, Horsetail Fall, and a handful of others, all offering their own unique beauty.