GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA
By sheer coincidence, the main feature of Grand Canyon National Park happens to be the Grand Canyon, widely considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Its measurements are impressive. 277 miles long, 18 miles wide in places, and a mile deep. Most of the five million visitors each year view the Canyon from shuttle buses or from their car parked at different vantage points along the South Rim.
But you’ll find fewer people at the North Rim, probably because it’s harder to reach. Perhaps the best way to view the Grand Canyon is to hike down and see it from inside. None of the trails are easy, but day hikes are more manageable, and maybe more enjoyable for most people than an overnight. Either way, you could still meet a scorpion or a rattlesnake. Or a mountain lion. Black widow. Tarantula. A few species of scorpion. Three to be precise. You know, there are some pretty good National Geographic videos available.