5 of the Most Beautiful Canyons in the US

There is no shortage of canyons in the United States of America and by default, all of them are beautiful in their own right. Nevertheless, the five canyons on this list are absolutely gorgeous and without a doubt they are must visit places for the nature enthusiasts and explorers.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Divided into Upper Antelope (The Crack) and Lower Antelope (The Corkscrew), you would need a certified guide and a permit to explore these parts, and it’s well worth it. Photographers from all over the world visit the Antelope Canyon because the rocks and their silk like appearance with pinkish hue are just so beautiful to look at. While The Crack is the more interesting of the two, you won’t have to do as much hiking and climbing if you just stick to The Corkscrew. Both are stunningly beautiful though.

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Perhaps the most unique canyon on this list is the Bryce Canyon because it’s so different in appearance from the others. The canyon is filled with hoodoos, which are rock formations that look like crimson spires. You will be able to see these rocks gleam ethereally during sunrise and sunset, especially if you are looking at the Bryce Amphitheater from the Inspiration Point. The beauty of the Bryce Canyon is unmatched and even those that have already seen a lot of canyons before won’t be able to understand what its beauty is all about unless they visit the place for themselves.

Hells Canyon, Oregon & Idaho

Don’t let the name scare you because there’s nothing hellish about the Hells Canyon at all and it is in fact, one of the most beautiful natural places in the US. The river, the mountains, the greenery and even the sky are all absolutely gorgeous at the deepest river gorge in the country (and the continent). Most people opt for multiple available helicopter rides at the place that take them over the canyon and the views are breathtaking. However, if you want, you can go on a five-day long adventure with the local tour party along the side of the Snake River that flows through the canyon.

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Being a protected botanical area, the Columbia River Gorge is exactly what one would expect it to be; a beautiful canyon with waterfalls that are covered with rare and grand plant life which make it a peaceful and striking place to spend time in. In fact, it’s almost hard to believe that this mossy green haven is actually a canyon if you are more used to seeing the likes of the harsh and rocky terrains in Colorado, Arizona and Utah.

The Grand Canyon, Arizona

It would be impossible to end this list without mentioning the Grand Canyon because it is, without a doubt, the most popular canyon in not only the US, but also the entire world. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon stretches a whopping 277 miles along the Colorado River and the sceneries at the region are vast, diverse, stunning, and wondrous to say the very least. If you live in the US and have not yet seen the Grand Canyon even once, you need to correct that.

To be honest, it is hard to say that one canyon is more beautiful than the other because they are all wonderful natural wonders which are worth visiting many times over. Nevertheless, if you were to choose just five in the United States, you can’t go wrong with these!