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Find Happiness at these Breathtaking National Park Waterfalls

Can waterfalls make you happy? Studies show that the negative ions produced by moving air and water may have a positive effect on your mood. Spend time at these awe-inspiring waterfalls to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Alberta Falls in fall in Rocky Mountain National Park
Alberta FallsGloria Wadzinski

All but one of Rocky Mountain National Park’s waterfalls require at least a short hike meaning that it’s entirely possible to enjoy a waterfall by yourself. Find out where to go.

Zion National Park

Archangel Falls in Zion National Park
Archangel FallsDeposit Photos

Discover these magnificent waterfalls that appear like oases amid mind-blowing red-rock canyons. 

Olympic National Park 

Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park
Sol Duc FallsDavid Krause

With this area’s famous rain comes surging rivers that drop as beautiful waterfalls. Many of these waterfalls are accessible within a short hike. Find out more.

Yosemite National Park

White Cascade Waterfall in Yosemite National Park
White Cascade Waterfall Grant Ordelheide

Here are Yosemite’s top six waterfalls and expert tips on how to get the best photos of them. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

Rainbow Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Rainbow FallsAdobe Stock

Want to see a waterfall from the road or break a sweat to see them? Choose between these waterfalls inside the park.

Grand Canyon National Park

Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon
Havasu FallsShutterstock

You might not expect to find waterfalls in the heart of Grand Canyon, but here are some stunning secret spots. 

Yellowstone National Park

Tower Fall in Yellowstone National Park
Tower FallAdobe Stock

First photographed by William Henry Jackson in 1871, this waterfall has captivated the imaginations of explorers, travelers and even legislators for more than 140 years.