Waterfalls have a meditative quality that you can’t quite find anywhere else, and the beauty is difficult to define. After all, the tumbling water isn’t the only attraction – the cliffs, forests, pools and trails around the falls all play a part in the majestic experience. Luckily, the USA has more than its fair share of amazing waterfalls, but these eight are nestled into some of the most pristine – yet accessible – landscape in the country, and are sure to leave you in awe.

Havasu Falls, Arizona

Havasu Falls

The legendary Havasu Falls sit amid Arizona’s arid, rocky canyons, which help to create the unforgettable scenery. The bright blue water (colored by calcium carbonate and magnesium) contrasts with the deep red rock, and a trimming of evergreens rounds out the palette. The water falls almost 100 feet to the turquoise pool at the bottom, and there’s a nice sandy beach to enjoy the view.

Palouse Falls, Washington

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Nature lovers flock to Washington’s Palouse Falls State Park in the spring and summer to take in the spectacular Palouse Falls – certainly a contender for the most beautiful waterfall in the region. The water drops from a height of nearly 200 feet, spilling over a rugged outcrop of rock and snaking down the pretty river that cuts through the wild landscape. The surrounding canyons and raw landscape is what makes these falls very special; you may feel like you’ve left the USA and landed on another continent.