There’s something about America’s most beautiful waterfalls that makes them worth the chase, whether a road trip to a new destination or an overnight hike in one of country’s magnificent national parks. From stunning chutes of water jutting from tropical cliffs to gentle tumbles down the side of a glacier, here are the most beautiful waterfalls in the USA that should definitely make your bucket list.
When visiting Portland, Oregon, discover Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls, the top-ranked attractions in the area, during this guided tour. Travel along the historic Columbia River Highway National Scenic Byway, the first scenic highway in the US to be named a National Historic Landmark. Stop at the magnificent Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall (186-meter-tall) waterfall, plus the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, including Latourell Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. All entrance fees, plus a Portland hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
Silver Falls State Park | Sublimity, Oregon
Silver Falls State Park
Quality and quantity collide at Silver Falls State Park in Sublimity, Oregon, where the 7.2-mile long Trail of Ten Falls takes you past 10 amazing waterfalls in a row. The trail may be most famous for South Falls, a tall cascade whose unique position allows you to walk directly behind the waterfall for a look at the side less seen. Tack the trip onto your Portland itinerary by joining a guided day trip to Silver Falls from Portland.
Niagara Falls | New York
The king of America’s most beautiful waterfalls, visiting Niagara Falls is a surefire bucket-list experience. Three magnificent falls, two American and one Canadian, mark the point at which the Niagara River rumbles over the Niagara Escarpment. Reviewers claim that the scenic attraction is “Heaven on Earth…Everyone should visit the fall at least once in their lifetime. Words cannot describe the feeling or the euphoria of being there.”
Cumberland Falls | Corbin, Kentucky
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Known as the “Niagara of the South,” Cumberland Falls in Corbin, Kentucky is a 125-foot wide vail of gushing blue-green water in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. The falls are easily accessed from a pair of viewing platforms located right off the highway, but hiking trails give you the option to make a full day of the visit. Plan your trip on a full moon for the chance to see a moon bow, a rainbow caused from the strength of the light reflecting off the falls and the full moon.
Multnomah Falls | Bridal Veil, Oregon
A 20th-century stone bridge strung between two cliffs offers the best views of Multnomah Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in all of Oregon. Stand on the bridge to admire views of the 542-foot tall upper tier and 69-foot tall lower tier from a single vantage point, providing a contrast that puts the falls’ sheer size into perspective. See the falls on their own, or combine with a trip to the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge. The falls make an ideal Portland day trip when combined with other Columbia River Gorge attractions.
What to Expect
With PDX shuttle airport Visit the beautiful Columbia River
Gorge! Your adventure will take place along the Historic Columbia
River National Scenic Byway, where some of the locations we may stop
include: Portland Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls,
Multnomah Falls, and Shepperd’s Dell.
You tour will start with the view from Portland Women’s Forum. This location is absolutely breathtaking and it’s one of the best spots to soak in a view of one of the most beautiful places on earth: the magnificent, awesome Columbia River Gorge.
Next, PDX shuttle airport will stop at Crown Visit Point House with a complete overlook of the Gorge region. Crown Point Vista House, best known of the scenic lookouts along the Historic Columbia River Highway, provides a panoramic view of the Columbia River. The Crown Point Vista House was built in 1916 and refurbished and completely remodeled in 2005.
Our next stop is Latourell Falls. This waterfall plunges 249′ over a massive wall of columnar basalt, some of the best formations in the Pacific Northwest, before cascading hastily toward the Columbia River. This waterfall is usually most recognized for the large patch of bright yellow lichen adorning the cliff face to the right of the falls, and this characteristic has led many famous photographers to this captivating location.
https://beavertonairporter.com/ +1 (503) 760 6565 PDX shuttle airport
Other waterfalls we may stop at while driving
on the Historic Columbia River Highway include:
Sheppherd’s Dell- In 1915, a local dairy farmer named George Shepperd gave all that he had (this tract of land) to the City of Portland as a memorial to his wife. The upper fall is around 42′ tall. The lower tier is around 50′ tall.
Bridal Veil Falls- Beautiful Bridal Veil
Falls is an elegant and graceful lady that can be fully appreciated from the
deck of a viewing platform rebuilt in 1996. The creek hustles down from the top
of nearby Larch Mountain, tumbles over the cliff and eventually flows into the
mighty Columbia River.
Next we will drive to Multnomah Falls. According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. Multnomah Falls is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest with more than 2 million stopping by each year to take in the views! Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies, but is usually highest during winter and spring. This is also one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to study geology exposed by floods.
Return to Portland and drop off at downtown Portland hotels.