Pacific Northwest Waterfalls - Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming


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Pacific Northwest Waterfalls are abundant thanks to the very high rainfall of the region. The result of this wet climate is temperate rainforests, snow-covered mountains and volcanoes (many of which have glaciers on them), and vast forests. For the purposes of this website, the Pacific Northwest refers to the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska (we're excluding British Columbia, Canada). Even though some of these states are more like Rocky Mountain states as opposed to Pacific Northwest states, we're sticking with this definition. We've also devoted a special section for Yellowstone National Park (which mostly sits in the state of Wyoming).

Even though this region deservedly gets a reputation for lots of rainy days and grey skies, there are regions in the rainshadow of the Cascade Range that actually have more desert-like conditions. Moreover, this region contains some of the most spectacular coastlines in all the US.

But it's really the waterfalls that drew us into this region, and we have to confess that we're late to the party when it comes to waterfalling here. Nevertheless, based on our experiences, we have to say that you haven't really seen waterfalls in the United States until you've sampled the ones here.

Why? Click through the pages in this region and find out!





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OUR FAVORITES

Some of the waterfalls in this region were considered amongst our favorites and thus have made one or more of our top 10 lists. To see which of these lists have featured waterfalls from this region, see below!



Top 10 Waterfalls of the USA




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WATERFALL SUBREGIONS

Below are the waterfall subregions that we've been to. Click on a subregion for more details about the area and its waterfalls.



Lower Falls Yellowstone: Formed in 1872, this is the world's first national park. We've devoted a special section for the numerous waterfalls that dot this park covering most of its touristed spots as well as some of the backcountry spots that most tourists don't get to see!

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Snoqualmie Falls Washington: This dynamic state features one of the tallest mountains in the lower 48 states, a legendary alternative rock music scene, a temperate rainforest, and an emerald city! Indeed, the area is known for high rainfall, and that means there are heaps of waterfalls to be seen!

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Multnomah Falls Oregon: With a state that's got gorgeous coasts, snow-capped mountains, deserts, forests, very progressive and livable cities, quaint rural towns, and of course waterfalls, what more can you ask for? Sure this state is known for being rainy, but that means there are lots of waterfalls, and we're betting that you'll have a hard time not to be saturated with them.

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Shoshone Falls Idaho: This state may be known for its potatoes but it's also got its share of wild Nature, which is embodied in some of its spectacular waterfalls. In fact, this state may be home to some of the grandest waterfalls you probably haven't heard of! It just goes to show you that even a state as understated as this one can surprise you in many ways...

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Hidden Falls Wyoming: Featuring the oldest National Park in the world along with a combination of mountains, ranches, and rolling rivers, this state has got waterfalls cascading between towering mountains as well as roaring in hidden nooks and crannies of the Rocky Mountains...

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Apikuni Falls Montana: When it comes to this state, it's all about the mountains, the ranches, and even the glaciers. Indeed, besides having a part of Yellowstone National Park, its other main National Park is Glacier National Park for it's here within the Northern Rockies that you can see for yourself the interplay of glaciers and mountains as well as the waterfalls and lakes left in their wake...

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Nugget Falls and Mendenhall Glacier Alaska: Both literally and figuratively, this state represents America's final frontier. It's a harsh, rugged, bountiful, yet hauntingly beautiful land when Mother Nature decides to let her show, and some of this beauty can move you to tears. You'll see it all here - wildlife, glaciers, mountains, forests, small villages, the seas, and of course waterfalls...

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Shoshone Falls Reader Submissions: We can't possibly visit every single waterfall in the Pacific Northwest. Fortunately, there are readers kind enough to share their knowledge and experiences by writing up their own guides for those waterfalls that we haven't been to.

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MORE INFO

Are you researching for an upcoming trip to this region? We've got additional information concerning non-waterfall attractions, our own travel stories, reviews of books and maps, or even writeups concerning the logistics of what it takes to come here and what to expect! Check out the following links...



Pike's Market on the Seattle Waterfront by Puget Sound Pacific Northwest's Other Attractions: There's more to the Pacific Northwest than waterfalls. If you're curious about the region's other natural attractions or you're suffering from waterfall fatigue, have a look! [read more]




Mt Hood from the Japanese Garden Pacific Northwest Travel Stories: Read about the stories behind the World of Waterfalls. See the Pacific Northwest through our eyes while becoming more informed about this beautiful region of the USA. In this section, you will find travel journals that will leave you laughing, smiling, curious, or just about all the emotions you'd expect when you're traveling to an unknown place. [read more]




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THE WATERFALLS LIST

If you already have a waterfall in mind that you'd like to see details about, browse the list below...


WASHINGTON

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OREGON

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IDAHO

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WYOMING

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MONTANA

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ALASKA

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READER SUBMISSIONS

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Swimming Hole
My cousins and I lived on State Hwy. 216, just a mile or so east of the park entrance in 1978 and 1979. We frequently went to the falls during the hot summer...[more]


Northwest Waterfall Survey
Curly Creek Falls appears to have been partially channeled into a sink between the bridge on FR 90 and the falls. It flows well during the spring and early melt season, but...[more]


Shoshone Falls
Shoshone Falls on the Snake River near Twin Falls, Idaho is truly spectacular during the mid-April to mid-May high season. The river plunges...[more]


Two Spectacular Falls
Diamond falls is a bit of a hike in. I didn't measure it but it felt like 2 miles. There were several nice view points on the walk in showing the surrounding hills...[more]


Further on the Eagle Creek Trail
Next time you are in Oregon and have a day to devote to Eagle Creek, I would highly recommend making the trek to Tunnel Falls...[more]


Loowit Falls, Mt St Helens, Washington
Picture of Loowit Falls, Mt St. Helens, Washington...[more]