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Why waterfalls are the ultimate summer destination


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Photo: Stocksy/Alexander-Grabchilev

There are beach getawayscamping adventures, and far-flung retreats. But the one summer hotspot you may be overlooking? One of nature’s most magical creations: the waterfall.

At least, that’s what Desiree Pais—the meditation guide and natural beauty alchemist behind Benshen—thinks.

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Photo: Desiree Pais

“Waterfalls have always been mesmerizing to me,” she explains. “Maybe it’s because I grew up with one behind my house, but I think there’s something so magical and mystical about a wooded area with lush greens and cold water flowing from the high mountains.”

Not only is it a great reminder of the power of the natural world, she explains, but also a wonderfully serene and often secluded place. Which means it’s ideal for everything from diving into the refreshing water to, perhaps best of all, practicing meditation.

As a New York City-dweller, Pais loves to escape to the Kaaterskills Falls upstate, but there are surprising waterfalls all over the world. And although you don’t have to be up in the mountains to find your inner peace, it certainly doesn’t hurt. Plus, a healthy (and safe) glow from a day spent in nature—what could be better?

Go on, dive in!

Ready to have your best summer ever? Check out our complete Healthy Summer Hot List, featuring even more fun tips (from the coolest influencers in the wellness world) for getting the most out of the season.