Waterfalls You Need To See In This Lifetime

A waterfall is defined as an area in a stream or river where running water falls down from a high place such as over the side of a cliff. Words like breathtaking, otherworldly, awe-inspiring and majestic should be added to this simplistic description.[slideshow:88128]

Cascades can occasionally be dangerous if you choose to run them, an extreme sport that is not for every paddler. For the most part, though, they are gorgeous. Seeing them roar up close or from a distance should be on every traveler's bucket list.

See the highest, the widest, the most powerful and even the most mysterious. Some of the falls dry up in the summer, so planning when to go is crucial. The best time is usually after a rainfall because you get to see thousands of gallons of water in full flow.

People who can't decide on traveling to one specific waterfall should visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia – it has 16 terraced lakes that are joined by waterfalls. Adventurers who want to also want to go on a safari can head to Uganda for the rare opportunity to see a powerful waterfall and big game wildlife in one trip.

Some waterfalls are iconic simply for the way they look from afar – rare shade of violet, like a wall of tears, or streams of milk rushing down the mountainside.

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