Grand Canyon National Park
Amazing U.S. National Parks
Image courtesy of Deposit Photos
Everybody has heard of the Grand Canyon, and they all think they know what it’s like because if they haven’t been, they’ve seen pictures. The fact is, there is no way for even the liveliest mind to grasp the massiveness unless you’re right there (so go!). We can tell you that the Colorado River runs 446km (277mi) (that’s about the same distance between London and Paris!) through the Grand Canyon in Arizona, that the width averages around 29km (18mi) and that it’s 1.6 km (1mi) deep, but you can’t imagine it until you see it.
This is a busy national park so get there early. It offers excellent facilities, including a visitor centre, shops, ranger programs (walks and talks), and several lofty viewpoints. It’s especially popular with regular and backcountry camping enthusiasts, climbers and river-rafters.
At its most dramatic at dawn and sunset, Grand Canyon National Park’s singular colours, bold terrain and dizzying heights overwhelm the sensory system. Be sure to watch for signs that indicate restricted areas and stay safe while your eyes don’t believe what they are seeing!