13. Grand Canyon National Park

What is the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon is a huge split in the earth where the ground has been eroded by the Colorado River over millions of years. It's 277 miles long, a mile deep, and 18 miles across in places. The colours of the exposed rock are stunning.

What is the Grand Canyon like? 

It's breathtaking. It has to be seen. 

Where is the Grand Canyon? 

Arizona, USA

When did we go? 

February 2009

How did we get there? 

We flew to Las Vegas and had a couple of nights there before hiring a car and driving out to the Grand Canyon for 3 nights. We stayed just outside the park near the South Rim. We didn't do any hiking or rafting but I would recommend them.

Worth noting:

It's well worth getting up early for the sunrise (or hanging around for sunset).

The Grand Canyon's position in the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist 2015 edition:

6. It dropped down 7 places in the latest edition.

Does the Grand Canyon deserve its lower place in the 2020 top 500? 

No way. The Grand Canyon is my number one, all day long.

Grand Canyon in the snow