1. Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Everybody knows the big daddy of them all right? The Grand Canyon, found in the state of Arizona. Nearly 6 million people travel to see what is one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world.
The Grand Canyon is 1 mile deep, 277 river miles long and up to 18 miles wide.
90% of visitors see the Grand Canyon from the ‘South Rim’. Just over 4 hours drive from Las Vegas the South Rim offers National Park Lodges at the Grand Canyon Village, some on the edge of the Grand Canyon. You can drive Desert View Drive for pullouts and viewpoints or use the shuttle bus from the village. Hiking options and helicopter flights are also available from here. The South Rim is open year round.
The other 10% of visitors travel to the ‘North Rim’. Only 10 miles away from the South Rim as the Condor flies… Worth mentioning the Grand Canyon is home to a small population of America’s largest bird the California Condor. You will know if you see one, they have a wingspan of 9.5 feet!
Whilst only 10 miles for the Condor, the North Rim is a 220 mile drive from the South Rim. If you want to travel to the North Rim you will need to go between mid-May and mid-October when it is open and travel from Las Vegas is 264 miles. This can easily be worked into an itinerary that includes the fabulous parks of Zion and Bruce in southern Utah.
2. Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone, Wyoming.
Located in Yellowstone National Park, America’s oldest National Park, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is about 20 miles long, begins at the Upper Falls and is measured to the spectacular 308ft Lower Falls shown in our picture.
The Lower Falls areas is very accessible with numerous view points, some requiring virtually no walking at all. If fit and able the safe but steep trail to the top of the falls is very rewarding. It is about 3/4 of a mile round trip but nothing beats standing atop these brutally powerful yet stunningly beautiful falls.
Yellowstone National Park, located in in the North West of Wyoming is best accessed as part of a coach or driving tour from either Denver or Salt Lake City. It combines some superb rocky mountain scenery with one of Americas foremost wildlife preserves. It also has one of the highest concentrations of geysers and hot springs anywhere on earth. Known simply as ‘Wonderland’ in the early days this is one of our favourite places in North America.
3. Grand Canyon Of The Tuolumne, California.
Not many of you will have heard of this one.. but many will have heard of Yosemite National Park where it can be found.
That said to experience this hidden gem you will need to take your best hiking boots with you and book a 3-4 day backpacking trip. The trail follows the Toulumne River past picturesque waterfalls, cascading rapids and towering granite cliffs as you escape the crowds and delve deeper in to the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is approximately 1200 square miles of stunning mountainous scenery, it includes high granite cliffs like El Capitan and Half Dome , waterfalls and valleys with an abundance of wildlife and giant sequoia trees.
Access to the park for most is along the valley floor but traffic can be heavy so we recommend using the free shuttles.
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