Ten National Parks to See Before You Die

By CNTraveler.com - 2014-07-21T17:46:04Z

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Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona

The Grand Canyon is a spectacular 277-mile-long, 15-mile-wide, mile-deep Colorado River canyon.

Size 1,904 square miles, about the size of Delaware.

Crowds Close to 5 million annually.

Most Memorable View Your first.

Rookie Mistake Hiking part of it. Descend a thousand feet and you will be switchbacking down steep cliffs in rock only 250 million years old; the easier slopes are lower and take you back 120 million years.

The Easy Way Grandview Trail on the South Rim, a six-mile loop to Horseshoe Mesa's views.

The Hard Way The 18-mile round-trip Bright Angel Trail passes Phantom Ranch's dorm-style rooms en route to the Colorado River.

Creature Feature Mules spare you sore feet, but you will still be sore.

Etc. grandcanyon.org

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