America has no shortage of stunning sights in its many national and state parks, from geysers to hot springs to majestic mountains. But one natural wonder in particular mesmerizes millions of Americans: waterfalls.
Niagara Falls is a popular American tourist destination that’s both impressive and easily accessible. And lovebirds often enjoy romantic hikes around Kentucky’s Cumberland Falls or Oregon’s Multnomah Falls. But for the truly adventurous, no waterfall is more enticing than Havasu Falls.
Located near the Grand Canyon, these shockingly blue, 100-foot falls are an oasis amid the rugged canyons belonging to the Havasupai Indian Tribe. The tribe limits visitors each year by selling permits online. Sales begin on Feb. 1 for the entire year and permits are often sold out within minutes. The tribe also prohibits anyone from reselling their permits.
Even after acquiring a coveted permit, getting to the falls isn’t easy. It’s a challenging 10-mile hike into and then also out of the falls, so the tribe requires visitors to stay a minimum of four days and three nights.
While Havasu Falls is certainly stunning and worth the strenuous hike, there are plenty of other breathtaking waterfalls from around the world.