2. Grand Canyon National Park
Arizona’s awe-inspiring Grand Canyon is over 270 miles long, at some points 18 miles wide, and in some places up to a mile deep. Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, there are several ways to explore the scenery — with helicopter rides, rafting, and cycling all popular options.
Hiking, however, provides you with a unique experience among the canyon’s landscapes. You’ll get to experience the different weather systems it creates, ranging from chilly to balmy, and feel the sheer awe as you peer out across this massive crevice.
- Bright Angel Trail: This lovely walking trail begins west of Bright Angel Lodge and is a distance up to 12 miles (round-trip), depending on how far you want to go. There’s a bit of shade, but bring plenty of water and know that this is a seasonal trail with ice in winter and early spring.
- North Kaibab Trail: This is one of the best trails on the North Rim and while the trail itself to Coconino Overlook (1.5 miles round-trip) or Supai Tunnel (four miles round-trip) isn’t too difficult, some hikers struggle in warmer months due to the heat at these lower elevations. The views are worth every drop of sweat along the stunning path!