The Grand Canyon gets nearly five million visitors each year. It’s a bucket list item for many, and rightly so. This spectacular geological feature is one-mile deep, 18 miles wide, and 277 miles long and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. A trip to the Grand Canyon is sure to bring awe-inspiring views of the massive canyon and it’s distinct geologic colors. The Colorado River carves through the canyon, which offers distinct views of its own. Hike, raft, or stare. There’s no wrong way to do the Grand Canyon.
As the world’s first national park, Yellowstone has some pretty lofty expectations. This 3,500-square mile wilderness area lives up to the hype. It’s home to many geologic processes that occur simultaneously. Yellowstone has some of the Earth’s most active volcanic, hydrothermal, and earthquake systems in the world. It features legendary canyons, forests, hot springs, and geysers. Add in a mix of wildlife and the world famous “Old Faithful” geyser and Yellowstone is a must see destination for any traveler.
Yosemite National Park is a true hidden gem. Located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s home to iconic views and one of a kind landmarks. The most recognizable part of the park is the esteemed Yosemite Valley. You can catch glimpses of famous cliffs, waterfalls, and rivers at this six square mile area of the park. There’s the towering Half Dome, cliff filled El Capitan, and the Valley View vista. It’s easy to see why American author John Muir called Yosemite one of “God’s first temples.”
Niagara Falls stretches two countries, three waterfalls, and 400 acres. The majestic waterfalls lie on the U.S.-Canada border and flow over 3,000 tons of water every second. These powerful, awe-inspiring waterfalls are capable of producing over 4 million kilowatts of electricity and have a bigger water flow than any other group of waterfalls. Feel the fresh mist of the falls and immerse yourself in a truly unique natural phenomenon.
Waimea Canyon is no joke. This sprawling, ten mile long canyon on Hawaii’s Kauai Island is nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The Waimea River and the Mount Wa’ale’ale’s rainwater formed the 3,000-foot deep canyon. The result is a beautiful geological wonder with some of the most breathtaking views on the planet. Waimea Canyon’s is more tropical than its Arizona cousin and features a beautiful array of colors and waterfalls.