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Majestic Waterfalls - natures beauties

Updated on January 8, 2015
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Mary's articles are inspired by her hobbies and love for the Lord. She loves writing, art, photography, crafting, and being a grandmother.

Nooksack River Falls

Nooksack River Falls
Nooksack River Falls | Source

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!

Nooksack River Falls side view
Nooksack River Falls side view | Source

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.

Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls | Source

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
Cascade Falls | Source

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
Multnomah Falls | Source

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
Rainbow Falls | Source

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.

Lower Falls at  Yellowstone
Lower Falls at Yellowstone | Source

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.

Englishman River Falls
Englishman River Falls | Source

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 Creek Falls
Tangle Creek Falls | Source

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.

More of these Majestic Waterfalls

Undine Falls at Yellowstone
Undine Falls at Yellowstone | Source
Tower Falls at Yellowstone
Tower Falls at Yellowstone | Source
Upper section of Snoqualmie Falls
Upper section of Snoqualmie Falls | Source
Lower part of Rainbow Falls
Lower part of Rainbow Falls | Source
Looking down from top of Multnomah Falls
Looking down from top of Multnomah Falls | Source
Bottom section of Multnomah Falls
Bottom section of Multnomah Falls | Source
Distant view of lower falls at Yellowstone
Distant view of lower falls at Yellowstone | Source
Upper falls at Yellowstone
Upper falls at Yellowstone | Source
Athabasca Falls
Athabasca Falls | Source
Close up of Athabasca Falls
Close up of Athabasca Falls | Source
Gibbons Falls at Yellowstone
Gibbons Falls at Yellowstone | Source

Directions to these waterfalls

Nooksack Falls, Glacier wa:
Glacier, WA, USA

get directions

Snoqualmie Falls:
Snoqualmie Falls, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, USA

get directions

Cascade Falls, Orcas Island Wa:
Cascade Falls, Orcas, WA, USA

get directions

Multnomah Falls, Oregon:
Multnomah Falls, Corbett, OR, USA

get directions

Rainbow Falls,Lake Chelan Wa:
Lake Chelan, Chelan, WA 98816, USA

get directions

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming:
Yellowstone National Park, 436 W Entrance Rd, West Yellowstone, Mt 59758, USA

get directions

Parksville, British Columbia:
Parksville, BC, Canada

get directions

Jasper National Park:
Jasper National Park, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada

get directions

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    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      3 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Thank you Alison, hope you get to come to America sometime in the future. But I am glad you have an alternative....cheers!

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      3 years ago

      Wow, these pictures are amazing. Thank you for sharing! I´d love to travel to America sometime, but I´m stuck here in Europe ;-) I did find a great alternate way to see beautiful waterfalls without even leaving the house haha. Of course it´s not the same, but they´re also really stunning. Here´s a youtube link to it if you´re interested.

      Sometimes it´s just nice to sit at home and feel nature there.. I guess.

      Thanks again for the information!

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Thank you so much glad you enjoyed it and glad I found you....both, blessings.

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      6 years ago

      Very beautiful and very informative hub. Thanks for sharing.

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi sherrylou57, thanks for your kind comments always good to see you!

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      7 years ago from Riverside

      Beautiful, and the pic's are awesome!

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @daisyjae, thank you for your welcome comments - blessings to you!

      @James, aren't these waterfalls a sight for soar eyes! Glad you were able to experience some of the beauty out here in Washington. Lake Chelan is one of the favorites for boaters especially in summertime. Thank you for stopping in and glad you enjoyed my hub & photos - blessings to you!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Waterfalls are indeed majestic, beautiful, and alluring. Most people love them. I do. I have been to Lake Chelan, by the way. Just last year. You are blessed to live amidst such incredible beauty. God Bless You!

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      7 years ago from Canada

      what a beautiful hub, your pictures are amazing!

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi Ken, thanks for stopping in and for your comments. Sure hope you do get to explore the west coast - because it is awesome. Our hopes are to travel to the east coast some day - blessings to you!

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      Ken Barton 

      7 years ago

      Great Hub! Some day my wife and I would love to make it out west to see some of these waterfalls. We love to travel and explore what we can where and when we can. So far all we've been able to explore is some things on the east coast, but neither of us have been to the west coast.

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hey Diane, nice to see you here thanks blessings to you!

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      Diane Holmly 

      7 years ago

      Amazing pictures!

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi 50 Caliber - great seeing you hear amidst this beauty of nature. My goal is to capture the waterfalls in California and Yosemite someday - they are on my bucket list. I believe that is the reason for me to write about the beauty that I have seen for those who have not seen. Thanks for reading and commenting - cheers to you!

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      A fantastic array of waterfalls and great photography as well. I've seen some in Yellowstone and in the California National park of Yosemite that I've seen falls only active during the snow melt run offs of water. I sure would enjoy a chance to see the falls you've listed, so many parks and falls, so little time and money to get to them. Thanks for the trip pictures and writing about them for us! Peace, 50

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @ Ladyjane1 - thanks for stopping in and your comments cheers!

      @Eiddwen - absolutely you will enjoy visiting these on your travels blessings to you.

      @Breakfastpop - thank you for reading - cheers!

      @Dave - you are so right but I haven't had the pleasure of visiting that one - it's on my list though, thanks.

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      This was beautiful. I was hoping to also see Niagra Falls, which is considered one of the seven wonders of the world.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful and oh so inviting.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful and another one to bookmark in my 'Armchair Travelling slot.'

      Thank you so much for sharing and I push all the buttons on this one.

      Take care


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      7 years ago from Texas

      wow looks like a winner to were amazing. Cheers.


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