Who doesn’t want to go chasing waterfalls? While California is celebrated for its gorgeous coastlines, the forest shouldn’t be overlooked. We’re always scouting out scenic spots to take a dip but the Golden State has really outdone itself at these spots. If you’re in the mood for adventure, we’ve gathered a list of the biggest waterfalls in California that will blow you away.

Yosemite Falls 

Price: $30 park admission per vehicle 

Location: Yosemite Village, California 

Why You Should Go: Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America and the third-tallest in the world! It falls in three tiers, the Upper Yosemite Fall, Middle Cascades, and Lower Yosemite Falls. The entire waterfall has a 2,425-foot plunge.

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Rainbow Falls

Price: $10 per person for a shuttle service to the falls

Location: Mammoth Lakes, California 

Why You Should Go: This towering 102-foot tall waterfall is framed by double rainbows. 

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Tokopah Falls

Price: $35 admission per vehicle

Location: Sequoia National Park, California 

Why You Should Go: At 1,200 feet, Tokopah is the largest waterfall in Sequoia National Park.

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McArthur Burney Falls

Price: $8 entrance fee

Location: Burney Falls, California

Why You Should Go: This easy 1.3-mile hike will take you right to the base of a gorgeous 129-foot waterfall. You can also swim in the blue waters of nearby Lake Britton and explore all the hidden coves around the waterfalls.

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McWay Falls

Price: $10 per vehicle admission fee

Location: McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, California

Why You Should Go: You can take pics by a massive 80-foot waterfall cascading onto the beach. Did we mention the water is bright turquoise? While visitors aren't allowed on the shores, the view from above is incredible.

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Illilouette Falls

Price: $30 park admission per vehicle 

Location: Yosemite National Park, California

Why You Should Go: These 370-foot falls come with an iconic view of Half Dome. 

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Bridal Veil Falls

Price: $30 park admission fee per vehicle 

Location: Bridal Veil Fall, California 

Why You Should Go: This beautiful 60-foot waterfall is framed by dramatic granite rock formations. You can visit it year-round, unlike some of Yosemite’s other waterfalls.

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Editor's Note: Some California waterfalls are seasonal; check conditions before you visit.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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