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Best Waterfalls in California

Out of 54 waterfalls, we have shortlisted the 5 best waterfalls in California that you must consider when visiting.

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Home to Silicon Valley, the state of California is mainly known for its information and technology sector. On the other hand, this state is also famous for its waterfalls. The length of these waterfalls ranges from a height of 10 feet to 1,000 feet and looks spectacularly beautiful. These natural wonders are spellbinding and put you in awe of the natural beauty of the state.

So, which ones are the 5 best waterfalls in California? We have made a list of waterfalls that you can visit during your stay here.

Top 5 Waterfalls in California

Here is a list of the top 5 waterfalls to visit in California –

1. McCloud Waterfalls

Near the McCloud River, there is a 3.9-mile trail. It is one of the largest waterfalls in California. This hike is generally considered an easy route to reach the waterfall. The total hike takes 1 hour and 28 minutes on average to get over. This place is popular for watching birds and fishing. So, you can spend some time in solitude. You can also swim in the cold waters of McCloud Falls. It is one of the must-visit waterfalls in California.

2. Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Middle Fork of San Joaquin River in the eastern part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the state of California, in the USA. The water plunges around 101 feet below. This fall is named like this because a rainbow appears in the midst of the waterfall in the summer season.

Moreover, it is well-known to be a challenging hike in the Devil Postpile National Monument. You have to travel downhill to reach the falls. But the upper part of the waterfall looks beautiful. There is also a great swimming hole beneath the falls.

3. Illilouette Falls

Illilouette Falls is 381 feet long, and it is located in the Merced River’s Illilouette Creek tributary. All of these are located in the popular Yosemite National Park. The Southern wall of the valley cuts across directly from Vernal Fall. Nobody knows how the waterfall got its unique name. Swimming is allowed here. There are rivers, beaches, lakes, and pools in the midst of nature. It is one of the top-rated waterfalls in California.

4. Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls is 317-foot long. Like the Illilouette Falls, this waterfall is also located on the Merced River. The river flows downstream of Nevada falls and is also a part of the Yosemite National Park in California. Nevada Falls are also clearly visible from Vernal Falls at a distance from Glacier Point near the Mist Trail. Since Vernal Falls is located near the Illilouette Falls, tourists can use the same spot to have a swim or sit on the beach.

5. Nevada Falls

Nevada Falls is a 594-foot tall waterfall situated on the tributary of the Merced River in the Yosemite National Park in California. A cool spot near the Nevada Falls is the Mist Trail which is half a mile up a steep 600 steps granite stairway directly to the top of Vernal Falls.

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Apart from these 5 best waterfalls in California, there are many others too. Want to know more or ready to make travel plans? Visit for the best rates and a seamless booking experience.

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