The most breathtaking waterfalls in the world

The beauty of nature is crystal clear

Our world is undeniably beautiful. From its cliffs to its caves, its peaks to its valleys, every continent is filled with vibrant landscapes and calming oases. Waterfalls are some of the strongest forces in the natural world, but also the most delicate, relaxing and inspiring. They're the perfect backdrop to a contemplative and zen vacation. Here are some any nature-lover should have on their bucket list.

1. Victoria Falls, Southern Africa

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We'll start with the largest waterfall in the world, named after none other than a queen. If that's not intimidating enough, this waterfall was also described by a native tribe as "The Smoke that Thunders." Thunder it does; that's due to the basalt cliff that gives the water its dramatic 355 foot drop.

2. Angel Falls, Venezuela

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Now this waterfall, while not named after a queen, has another famous namesake: Jimmie Angel, the American aviator, who got stuck on top of the Auyantepui mountain while on a hunt for gold. This impressive waterfall is the highest waterfall in the world, at 3,212 feet and with 2 drops (that's 19 times the height of Niagara). Surrounded by lush jungle, this landmark is for anyone who wants a trip into another world.

3. Yosemite Falls, United States

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We've all heard of Yosemite National Park, but did you know the park is home to 21 waterfalls? Of the bunch, Yosemite Falls is a must-see, and the highest measured waterfall in the United States. It's made up of three separate waterfalls, actually, and is visible from a number of locations around the park.

4. Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, China and Vietnam

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Picture a fairytale waterfall, and you'll have this magnificent beauty. This love story is one between two converging waterfalls. The falls cascade down a series of small drops, flowing into an earthy pool. The waterfall spans two countries, and invites visitors to hide away under the cliffs' many caves.

5. Gásadalur, Faroe Islands, Denmark

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On an idyllic and little-populated archipelago between Norway and Iceland lies this skinny stream of water. Set against the backdrop of a rocky terrain and aquamarine sea, this waterfall is a different love story entirely, between earth and water. It almost looks as though the bedrock has sprung a magnificent leak. While you're at it, visit the Danish String Quartet in their hometown.

6. Manawaiopuna Falls, United States

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Another stunning island is a little closer to home. Hawaii is home to some great food and friendly people, but we're here to talk about the waterfall known as the "Jurassic Park Falls" on the island of Kauai. Steven Spielberg was lucky enough to get this privately-owned natural star to have a cameo in one of his classic films. The gorgeous 400-foot burst of water emerges from the most vibrant greenery.

7. Torc Waterfall, Ireland

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Ireland is another green place known for its killer scenery. If you're into walking tours, you'll definitely want to take a hike in Killarney National Park. You can hike all the way up to Torc Mountain and behold some of Ireland's precious gems. This intimate waterfall is a lot smaller than the others on this list, but a great way to get up close to one of nature's finest.

8. Kilt Rock Waterfall, Scotland

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Not so far away from Ireland is Scotland, but there lies a whole different type of waterfall. Kilt Rock flows forth from an almost 90 degree cliff of stunning basalt columns. And what about the name, you ask? Well, these ancient cliffs almost look like a kilt!

9. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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One of the most spectacular sites ever has more than a million visitors a year, and for a good reason. The powerful waterfall barrels down in sheets, and while technically lying in Argentine territory, can also be viewed from Brazil. What makes this waterfall especially epic is that it's comprised of 275 individual waterfalls. 1,500 cubic meters of water flows every second.

10. Wallaman Falls, Australia

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The land down under is neighbors with some of the most beautiful waters in the world. Included is the highest single-drop waterfall in Australia. This oasis rubs shoulders with some really old rain forests and endangered species.

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Given the nature of the pandemic, it can be tough to find the best ways to spend the usual festivities that New Year's Eve brings.

Luckily, if you're comfortable enough to step outside for the occasion, there are great places still open and worth visiting. Although you should always keep COVID-19 safety precautions in mind, here are three of the most stunning places to spend Near Year's Eve in the U.S.

New York City (New York)

No guide to stunning places to spend New Year's Eve in the U.S. would be complete without the presence of New York City, New York. The Times Square ball drop is a must-see annual event, though this year it will be a bit different due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the city will still be throwing an event for all to enjoy that will keep social distancing in mind and focus on bringing people together virtually.

While there might be live events for some to enjoy, none have been officially announced just yet. Even if you're enjoying the festivities virtually, there are few better places to spend this special occasion than at the tip of the NYC skyline.

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Lake Travis (Texas)

Lake Travis is a brilliant body of water in Texas that provides a versatile collection of ways to enjoy its beauty. If you'd prefer to keep your party secluded due to the pandemic, you can enjoy the evening on a boat in the waters of this lake, which is home to the famous "Devil's Cove" party destination.

If you're comfortable spending the evening in a venue that practices COVID-19 safety precautions, consider relaxing on one of the three decks on display at The Oasis. Even if you don't stick around to ring in the New Year, viewing the sunset from The Oasis is an incredible experience in itself.

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Cape Cod (Massachusetts)

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If you'd prefer not to spend too much time in a restaurant or bar, you can indulge in the incredible appearance of areas like Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Simply wandering around the area and taking in the scenery before enjoying an intimate evening inside makes for an unforgettable adventure.

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