United States Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park

A vast geological wonder in Arizona, home to layered red rock formations, revealing millions of years of Earth's history, and steep canyon walls.

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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.

savannah.whitmer 3 years ago

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.

jrfrancis 2 years ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

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.

laurenmack 3 years ago

As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon National Park is a spectacle not to be missed by any visitor to North America. A designated World Heritage Site, this vast and breathtaking geological formation offers endless opportunities for hiking, camping, and exploring, along with unparalleled vistas of the Colorado River and the surrounding desert landscape. With a unique combination of natural beauty and cultural history, the Grand Canyon is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to experience the awe-inspiring majesty of North America's natural wonders.

seeker 1 year ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

Grand Canyon National Park, sprawling across northern Arizona, is not just a scenic wonder of immense geological importance but also a vibrant wildlife sanctuary. It provides refuge to numerous species, including the California condor, elk, bighorn sheep, and over 355 bird species, which thrive on the park's diverse habitats that range from desert to forests. Visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage Site can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the landscape while witnessing the rich biodiversity that coexists with the dramatic vistas of the canyon.

wildlifeconnect 5 months ago

Grand Canyon National Park is a stunning natural wonder that boasts some of the coolest places to go camping in the United States. With its breathtaking views of the canyon, visitors can choose from a variety of camping options, including tents, RVs, and cabins. Whether it’s hiking the trails, stargazing in the night sky, or simply soaking in the beauty of this majestic park, camping at the Grand Canyon National Park is an experience like no other.

seeker 1 year ago

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the top 10 most visited national parks in the United States, attracting millions of people each year. The park boasts breathtaking views of the canyon, with various lookout points that allow visitors to see the spectacular beauty from different perspectives. It also offers a range of activities such as hiking, camping, and rafting, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

seeker 1 year ago

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.

amanda.t.dwyer 3 years ago

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!

jrfrancis 3 years ago

Home to one of America’s most legendary wonders, the Grand Canyon is a true bucket list item that needs to be on your to-do list (if it isn’t already). Nestled into the sunshine state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park allows visitors to tour around the massive canyon, enjoy plentiful photo-ops, and explore the wonders of the USA.

seeker 2 years ago

The Grand Canyon, one of the most famous landmarks in the world, is a must-visit for anyone exploring the American Southwest. The breathtaking views of this vast canyon have been sculpted by the Colorado River over millions of years. Visitors can enjoy hiking, camping, and rafting while taking in the natural wonder of this iconic destination.

seeker 1 year ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

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

lwithrow 3 years ago

There's nothing more grand than the Grand Canyon.

laurenmack 3 years ago

6 million visitors per year

seeker 3 years ago

Grand Canyon National Park Guides

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