Or maybe it’s the lead up – as you trek through trees or along rocky paths, you hear the roar long before the fall itself comes into view.
But you still aren’t quite prepared for the dramatic moment where you turn a corner to be faced head on with the magnificence of one of nature’s most beautiful designs.
And whilst Niagara Falls are the most famous of all, there are a few slightly less well-known waterfalls you won’t want to miss…
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Take a dip in Spain
You don’t have to travel too far to find yourself enchanted by a waterfall – a short drive from the ever-popular hotels of the Costa Blanca will take you to the Fonts del Algar.
These charming, naturally occurring group of waterfalls that are well-loved by locals and tourists alike.
Featuring waterfalls and several sedate pools that you can’t help but take a dip in, even if just a paddle, and some lovely walks too, it’s a perfect location for a unhurried picnic in the Spanish sun.
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Admire from a distance in Iceland
The Gullfoss Falls in Iceland form part of the Golden Circle tour that leaves from Reykjavik.
Visiting here enables visitors to experience a taste of the geysirs, waterfalls and awe-inspiring natural beauty that characterises this remote island.
The huge cascade of water at Gullfoss is sure to leave a lasting impression; the sheer amount of water tumbling over the rocks and crashing down into the valley below can be hard to put into perspective, as though your eyes can’t immediately take in the enormity and power of it all.
Get up close in America
Yosemite is renowned, amongst other things, for sweeping vistas of imposing cliffs and majestic trees, for fresh air in abundance and for clear, sparkling waters.
There are many waterfalls cascading throughout this stunning National Park, but if you have time for only one, consider a hike up the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls.
Depending on the time of year this is a tempest of plummeting water or a more leisurely but still impressive fall.
At the top there’s a viewing point that affords unforgettable views over the valley in complete safety – so long as you stay behind the guard rail!