With 446 kilometers of length, nearly 2 kilometers of depth and up to 29 kilometers of width, it’s no wonder Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park inspires awe in its visitors. But it’s not the Grand Canyon’s size that makes it one of the Seven Wonders of the World; it’s the canyon’s beauty. And you just have to see the rust-colored strata to believe it.
There are many ways to absorb the canyon’s grandeur. You can drive to scenic overlooks to catch a glimpse. You can day hike or overnight backpack along the trails. You can rent a mule for half an hour or up to two days. Or you can experience the canyon on the very body of water that carved it, through rafting trips on the Colorado River.
But the Grand Canyon isn’t Arizona’s only natural wonder. The state is also home to Antelope Canyon, a series of slot canyons caused by frequent flash flooding and washed in a sunburned hue; Monument Valley, sagebrush shrublands dotted with sandstone towers and buttes; and Canyon de Chelly, Ancestral Puebloan dwellings carved into sandstone walls around A.D. 700.
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