Grand Canyon National Park Highlights
Want to make a spectacular understatement? Go ahead and call the Grand Canyon “a great big hole in the ground.” About 277 miles (444 km) long, an average of 10 miles (16 km) wide, and more than a mile (1.6 km) deep, the colorful, eroded layers of this northwestern Arizona wonder reveal nothing less than the geological history of the North American continent.
Each year, some five million people visit this testament to the power of water over rock, making the Grand Canyon the most popular national park in the U.S. Some arrive on a historic train from the depot in the Old West town of Williams, an hour south, while far more travel here by car.
You can brave the Skywalk, a transparent (and strongly reinforced) walkway that juts out over the West Rim; hike down, around or across the divide (remembering to bring lots of water); or soar high above the whole canyon on a helicopter tour. For the less intrepid, a shuttle tools between the park’s many lookouts, or you can hop onto the saddle of a sure-footed mule. Overnight options range from pup tents to historic lodges, allowing you to take your time exploring one of the most – quite literally – grand attractions in America.