Actually three falls, they together constitute the highest waterfall in North America and the fifth-highest in the world. The water from the top descends a total of 2,425 feet, and when the falls run hard, you can hear them thunder across the valley. If they dry up—that sometimes happens in late summer—the valley seems naked without the wavering tower of spray. If you hike the mile-long loop trail (partially paved) to the base of the Lower Falls in May, prepare to
get wet. You can get a good full-length view of the falls from the lawn of Yosemite Chapel, off Southside Drive.
Yosemite Valley, access from Yosemite Lodge or trail parking area, Yosemite National Park, California, 95389, United States