Majestic Waterfalls - natures beauties
Nooksack River Falls
Make your next vacation an adventure
The Pacific Northwest has so much hidden beauty and if you love nature and hiking, then perhaps adding "waterfall viewing" on your next vacation plans is a good idea. To be able to view some of these awesome waterfalls, it sometimes requires a bit of hiking before you are able to set our eyes upon their beauty. In our RV travels my husband and I have made it a point to research the areas we will be traveling to for those "majestic waterfalls". There are just no words to rightly describe the feelings that one experiences when you are in the presence of the powerful flow of water. The fresh mist that hits your face as you approach the waterfall, and the sound of rushing water is a totally refreshing feeling that will last in my memory for a lifetime.
So come along on our journey and enjoy yourself, take in the beauty that has been placed in our paths and be in awe of God's creativity. As we travel to these waterfalls I will humbly do my best to describe their locations using Google maps so you can experience these first hand on your next vacation. Cheers!
Our first stop is Nooksack Falls - Glacier Wa
This wonderful waterfall is only a few hours drive from where we live. Located on Mt. Baker Highway and flows from the Nooksack River. We took a river rafting trip down this awesome river a few summers ago, the scenery is beautiful and Mt. Baker is the backdrop when floating on the river. If you travel east on Hiway 542 for about 40 miles you will then turn right onto Wells Creek Road, then the falls is about 3/4 of a mile down the road. Great hiking trails to the falls and along the river bend.
Our Second falls - Snoqualmie Falls - Washington
What a sight for soar eyes Snoqualmie Falls truly is. Just slightly east of Seattle as the crow flies and a couple of hours drive from our home you will delight in this beautiful 270 foot waterfall. It is a very popular Washington attraction and features a gift shop, an observation deck and of course the greenery that surrounds the waterfalls - simply amazing. Snoqualmie Falls is located just southeast of Seattle off of I-90 East, and just follow the signs to the falls.
Cascade Falls on Orcas Island
Cascade Falls is a bit out of the way, but how much fun you will have getting there. You have to take a ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island. This has to be the smallest of the waterfalls only 40 feet high, but still just as special because of it's beautiful forest location. We drove, so after driving off the ferry we took Horseshoe Hiway, then we turned onto Mountain Road and drove for .4 of a mile to the Cascade Creek Trail. It's a hike to get to the falls like I mentioned but you will not be disappointed.
Multnomah Falls - Columbia River Gorge Oregon
Let us not forget Multnomah Falls in Oregon. This very powerful and large waterfalls is probably one of the most visited and truly picturesque. There is a restaurant and gift shop next to the falls so you can enjoy lunch while taking in the awesome views. It's easy to get to and I believe this waterfalls has the most ways of viewing then the others with a walkway right in front of the waterfalls for an awesome effect. You can even look down on the waterfalls too. The falls is 620 feet in height. If you take I-84 take exit 31 then take the turn off for the falls. Enjoy!
Rainbow Falls at Lake Chelan
We were at Lake Chelan during the winter months a few years ago and had to visit this highly talked about waterfalls. Because it is located in the Stehekin Valley it is really an adventure in itself just traveling to the waterfalls. First you have to take a boat Lady of the Lake to the other end of the lake, this is about a 30 minute trip. Then when you arrive you get on a shuttle that will take you to the falls - so it's another 15 minutes to Rainbow Falls. But it is so worth it. It's a very powerful and tall waterfall - at a height of 300 feet, when we finally were able to see it - well we wanted to stay all day.
Waterfalls of Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is our favorite National Park, we have been there twice as a matter of fact. There is so much to see one week wasn't enough. Here you are treated at almost every turn on the road to a spectacular waterfall. My favorite was the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone - simply gorgeous and breathtaking views. This waterfalls is the largest of all the falls and is 308 feet tall. I have added photos of the other waterfalls in the area such as: Gibbons Falls, Tower Falls, Undine Falls and Upper Falls in the last photo capsule. Be sure to grab a map with all the sights and have fun.
We went in at the West Entrance to Yellowstone but after visiting the park we exited from the South and went onto visit the Grand Tetons.
Englishmen River Falls - Parksville British Columbia
Our neighbors to the north have some amazing parks and waterfalls as well. To view this waterfall, get your walking shoes on because it is a long hike to get to the top of the falls and then another long hike to the bottom. Beautiful scenery along the way and the views are to die for. It is said that this waterfalls got it's name when a First Nation people found the skeleton of a white man in the last century alongside the river, therefore the name Englishmen River Falls. There is a beautiful deep crystal pool and a rocky beach area as well as a fresh water swimming area to enjoy. This area of British Columbia has a lot to offer so be sure to check it all out. Located just north of Nanaimo on Errington Rd. off Hiway 4, about 8 miles South of Parksville in the southern part of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Tangle Falls, Jasper Canada
We traveled to Canada in our RV a few years ago with friends, it took us a month to visit Jasper, Banff and Glacier National Parks. It was such a gorgeous trip and the scenery along the way was absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately we only viewed two waterfalls in the area. One was the Tangle Creek Falls which is an unusual waterfall, it is about 100 feet in height and features 5 different areas where water flows down over the rocks - it is simply breathtaking. The other was the Athabasca Falls which is 80 feet in height, very unique in the fact that the river flows powerfully through a narrow gorge where the falls gets smooth and then created potholes by the sheer force of the water. The photo of this waterfall is featured below this capsule. These are both located off of Highway 93 along the Icefield Parkway in Alberta, Canada.
Our plans are to return to Canada and get to experience all the other waterfalls in this area. So for now enjoy these truly majestic waterfalls.
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