Washington has more waterfalls than any other state. It’s hard to pin down the exact number of waterfalls in Washington State, especially since the total number can vary by season as some smaller falls dry up and disappear during summer. But according to Bryan Swan of the Northwest Waterfall Survey, the state has more than 400 year-round waterfalls with a drop of at least 100 feet. Washington’s tallest waterfall, Colonial Creek Falls, is also the tallest waterfall in the continental United States at 2,500-plus feet — but it’s not even the coolest waterfall in the state.
All nine of the waterfalls in Washington state below could compete for that title. Some are dreamy hike-to falls in national parks and forests, one plummets into an irresistible swimming hole, and another is a fixture of Washington’s second-biggest city. The one thing these nine waterfalls in Washington State have in common is that you really should go see them. Seriously — it’d be a shame to be so close to these epic falls and not make the effort to see them in person.