California is home to some of the most beautiful sites, waterfalls, rivers and beaches. One of the best experiences for a couple to have together is taking an adventurous hike into the mountains and searching for a beautiful waterfall to experience, explore and enjoy the harmonious sounds of falling water. How romantic right? Well we’ve put together our top 10 waterfalls for you to pick for you and your lover on your next trip to California! Be sure to tell us which is your favorite if you’ve been!
1. Yosemite Falls
Yosmeite Falls makes #1 on our list because, well, look at that view! The “breathtaking” factor for this fall goes well beyond words, and has a wonderful hike to challenge the two of you the entire way, and with very rich rewards. The falls stand at 2,500 feet tall, which makes it the tallest fall in North America. According to local rumors, drawings and paintings of the falls in the 19th Century are what lead to the protection of Yosemite State Park, making it not only an incredible must-see, but possibly a valuable part of the areas history!
2. Cedar Creek
With a four-mile hike, this waterfall offers you adventure and endless sites for endless photographs. The fall itself stands at about 80 feet high, but only flows for a short period of time in the winter months. Even with this, who could resist the adventure!? The hike features forests full of critters, mountains, and things to do, and if you visit at the right time of year you may even be able to find a couple of bonus falls, like Mildred Falls, along the way. Even with the limited amount of time that the water flows, Cedar Creek is still one of the most photographed falls in the area, according to World of Waterfalls. Plus, even if you make the trip out and miss the falls, who cares! You still had an adventure worth taking!
3. Horsetail Fall
Horsetail Fall makes third on our list, and may even be deserving of number two. Not for the hike, not for the swimming hole (even though it offers both) but because of the magic! Yes, we said magic, every year in mid-February these falls found in Yosemite State Park turn to fire right at sunset. As the sun comes down, the light hits the water just right and ignites it into a glowing orange. It’s a breathtaking phenomenon that gives the falls their nickname, “Lava Falls,” and has been featured on the National Geographic and other major sources. It’s an experience that is not only worth experiencing with the love of your life, but is something you HAVE to see together!
4. Alamere Falls
Alamere Falls offers two of the best things in the world, a 40-foot waterfall and a beautiful beach. They call these sorts of waterfalls tide-falls, and it is here that you can tan in the sand, listen to the waves, plus hear the falling fresh water all at once. The falls are located at Point Reyes National Seashore and are a short walk from parking. There’s nothing like adding an exotic spin to a day-trip to the beach and having the time of your life! Sit here and watch the sunset on the beach right by a magnificent waterfall!
5. Bridalveil Fall
Bridalveil Fall lives up to its name, making it an obvious choice on our list of California waterfalls for the lovers to see. The water plummets from 600 feet in a manor that releases mist that looks like a brides veil, making a huge love spot for locals. The falls are another Yosemite State Park icon, and offer visitors an incredible view of the valley as well as the falls!
6. Vernal Fall
At Vernal Fall you can make the thousand foot climb up “nature’s staircase” and look out at a vast view of the valley below. Looking down you watch one of the most beautiful falls in Yosemite State Park, turn around and you find yourself looking Nevada Falls turning its way down the side of the mountain from the Merced River. It takes about three hours to reach the top, and Yosemite State Parks website ranks the trail as “strenuous” to climb. So gear up! It’s a hike, but a great adventure for a glorious day!
7. Sturtevant Falls
Lets slow things down for a second, the Sturtevant Falls rise up about 60 feet high and are located in Arcadia of Los Angeles County. The hike up is hot but fairly easy compared to the last few listed here, but once you reach this quaint fall you are gifted with a cool swimming hole where you can relax and just enjoy your time. You can bring a few drinks, maybe pack a lunch, and have fun! You may even make friends with some locals as the waterfall is known for being a popular swimming destination!
8. Paradise Falls
When you hear “Paradise Falls,” your first thought may jump back to Pixar’s famous movie UP, but a floating house to South America is not required here. Like the Sturtevant Falls, Paradise Falls are a local fall, located in Wildwood Canyon that most tourists simply wouldn’t know about. The fall stands about 40 feet tall and offers a large swimming hole with beautiful clear waters! You can swim out by the fall and under the rocks that reach out over the churning waters, pack a bag and enjoy your day in the canyons! An incredibly relaxing trip that fits perfectly on our list for the top 10 waterfalls in California for the traveling couple!
9. Heart Rock Falls
Yes, we picked Heart Rock Falls for our list, but what do you expect? We’re Agāpé Voyage! The falls are recognized by the perfectly shaped heart formed in the rocks right next to the fall, something many consider to be an incredibly romantic place to go for a hike, swim, and take photographs with their significant other! They fall trails off of Seeley Creek and is located in Crestline. Standing only 20 feet tall it isn’t the most impressive waterfall, but offers a fantastic hike and that incredibly rare heart carved out completely by Mother Nature! Locals know it well, but once you get there it offers an experience most wouldn’t even think of!
10. Escondido Falls
The Escondido Falls are a set of falls that really never seem to end! They wrap around the Santa Monica Mountain and, depending on what part you visit, offer different views with every stop as the falls trickle down ledge after ledge! According to World of Waterfalls, the best part of the falls is located on the Malibu side of the mountains at the largest drop of 100 feet. The falls are estimated to begin falling around 200 feet high, but crash and continue on the stones along the way. With a bit of a demanding hike, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the most beautiful parts of the mountain, and experience one of the most heavenly falls in the United States!