Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park might just be the headline act of America. Yep, there’s probably no more iconic a natural feature on the continent than the colossal gorge that carves its way through this corner of the West. Second only to the Great Smokies in terms of annual visitor numbers, the preserve draws millions to the snaking Colorado River. The South Rim is the most popular, with lookouts at Navajo Point and the Desert View Road. The North Rim is more remote and higher, but gets seriously dramatic at spots like Toroweap Overlook if you’re willing to make the drive.

Arizona’s largest and most-visited national park holds the #1 spot on this list, and often tops park rankings across the nation— and the world. Literally! UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 1979. The grandeur of the canyon, which was created by the incision of the Colorado River some 50 to 250 million years ago, is better seen in person than conveyed in text or pictures. In the words of conservationist president Theodore Roosevelt, “It is beyond comparison—beyond description.”  Grand Canyon National Park is made up of the north and south rims, the latter of which accounts for 90 percent of all park visits for its accessibility. The southern area of the park offers 35 miles of driving routes where you can look out over panoramic views, while the North Rim, 220 miles away, stands at a higher elevation of 8,000 feet, offers scenic stops like Point Imperial, Roosevelt Point, and Cape Royal.  Though there are several overlooks that you won’t want to miss, like the famous Skywalk which rises a dizzying 4,770 feet above the floor of the canyon, you’ll want to go much deeper than a simple drive through the park. You can spend days backpacking on guided or solo tours, maybe on a 10-mile, meandering route to Havasu Falls, or perhaps whitewater rafting through the heart of the canyon, or even taking a mule tour into the most remote parts of the park’s floor.

Arizona’s largest and most-visited national park holds the #1 spot on this list, and often tops park rankings across the nation— and the world. Literally! UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 1979. The grandeur of the canyon, which was created by the incision of the Colorado River some 50 to 250 million years ago, is better seen in person than conveyed in text or pictures. In the words of conservationist president Theodore Roosevelt, “It is beyond comparison—beyond description.”  Grand Canyon National Park is made up of the north and south rims, the latter of which accounts for 90 percent of all park visits for its accessibility. The southern area of the park offers 35 miles of driving routes where you can look out over panoramic views, while the North Rim, 220 miles away, stands at a higher elevation of 8,000 feet, offers scenic stops like Point Imperial, Roosevelt Point, and Cape Royal.  Though there are several overlooks that you won’t want to miss, like the famous Skywalk which rises a dizzying 4,770 feet above the floor of the canyon, you’ll want to go much deeper than a simple drive through the park. You can spend days backpacking on guided or solo tours, maybe on a 10-mile, meandering route to Havasu Falls, or perhaps whitewater rafting through the heart of the canyon, or even taking a mule tour into the most remote parts of the park’s floor.

A whole load of people stick to the viewpoints of the North Rim and the South Rim. But that’s only scratching the surface of what the Grand Canyon has to offer. Lace up your boots and venture deep into the gorge–there’s even a 9.5-mile loop that takes you right to the edge of the Colorado River at it’s very bottom!

For years, tourists and workers at Grand Canyon National Park have shared stories of ghostly greetings by Walter Peck, who opens and closes doors in an elevator shaft, and the Wandering Woman, who, after a hiking accident in the 1920s, has been seen searching for her family. Others say they hear whispers and chants or see dancing at an area that was once a Native American burial ground.

6 million visitors per year

A whole load of people stick to the viewpoints of the North Rim and the South Rim. But that’s only scratching the surface of what the Grand Canyon has to offer. Lace up your boots and venture deep into the gorge–there’s even a 9.5-mile loop that takes you right to the edge of the Colorado River at it’s very bottom!

Grand Canyon National Park might just be the headline act of America. Yep, there’s probably no more iconic a natural feature on the continent than the colossal gorge that carves its way through this corner of the West. Second only to the Great Smokies in terms of annual visitor numbers, the preserve draws millions to the snaking Colorado River. The South Rim is the most popular, with lookouts at Navajo Point and the Desert View Road. The North Rim is more remote and higher, but gets seriously dramatic at spots like Toroweap Overlook if you’re willing to make the drive.

The Grand Canyon is the ultimate family summer activity in the US and a straightforward National Park with clear lookout points and paved trails. The Grand Canyon is perfect for first-time National Park goers who are new to the whole schtick, as it attracts newbies from across the *entire* planet daily and is expertly prepared for accomodating visitors. Take a scenic train by some of the main sights or cop some Instagram-worthy photographs near the impressive edges of the canyon, this stop is fun for the whole family.

Arizona’s largest and most-visited national park holds the #1 spot on this list, and often tops park rankings across the nation— and the world. Literally! UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 1979. The grandeur of the canyon, which was created by the incision of the Colorado River some 50 to 250 million years ago, is better seen in person than conveyed in text or pictures. In the words of conservationist president Theodore Roosevelt, “It is beyond comparison—beyond description.”  Grand Canyon National Park is made up of the north and south rims, the latter of which accounts for 90 percent of all park visits for its accessibility. The southern area of the park offers 35 miles of driving routes where you can look out over panoramic views, while the North Rim, 220 miles away, stands at a higher elevation of 8,000 feet, offers scenic stops like Point Imperial, Roosevelt Point, and Cape Royal.  Though there are several overlooks that you won’t want to miss, like the famous Skywalk which rises a dizzying 4,770 feet above the floor of the canyon, you’ll want to go much deeper than a simple drive through the park. You can spend days backpacking on guided or solo tours, maybe on a 10-mile, meandering route to Havasu Falls, or perhaps whitewater rafting through the heart of the canyon, or even taking a mule tour into the most remote parts of the park’s floor.

The dangers facing visitors to the Grand Canyon are pretty clear to see, with drops of up to 100 feet into the base of the canyon itself. The biggest cause of death however was due to medical complications that were often exasperated by the extreme climate that varies throughout the massive park, reaching extreme highs and lows.

Our first view of this amazing place was at Mather Point. When our daughter kept saying, "Wow, it's so beautiful!", I knew we had found a special park! Because our kids are pretty young (and our youngest is terrible at listening right now), we sadly didn't hike down at all but we did stop at several vista points and then walked around Desert View Watchtower.

There's nothing more grand than the Grand Canyon.

North and South rim, South Kaibab trail, Bright Angel trail

One of the most mesmerizing wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is a sight to behold.

Grand Canyon National Park might just be the headline act of America. Yep, there’s probably no more iconic a natural feature on the continent than the colossal gorge that carves its way through this corner of the West. Second only to the Great Smokies in terms of annual visitor numbers, the preserve draws millions to the snaking Colorado River. The South Rim is the most popular, with lookouts at Navajo Point and the Desert View Road. The North Rim is more remote and higher, but gets seriously dramatic at spots like Toroweap Overlook if you’re willing to make the drive.

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