The Grand Canyon is known to be one of America’s most awe-inspiring attractions. With its painted rocks, deep ravines, and expansive landscape it often leaves guests speechless. For those of us who are unable to make the trek to the southwest, there are a number of beautiful canyons to visit throughout the United States. Here are a few “Grand Canyons,” to check out on your travels.
New Hampshire: Sculptured Rocks Natural Area
Sculptured Rocks Natural Area, which spans an impressive 272 acres, is a unique example of nature’s powerful artistry. Over the course of thousands of years, the Cockermouth River carved a narrow canyon in bedrock on its way to Newfound Lake. Nature used grains of sand suspended in the current too slowly sand the walls of the canyon into curious shapes and create potholes in the bedrock.
Michigan: Canyon Falls and Gorge
Located just south of L’Anse, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Canyon Falls and George is a Michigan landmark that should not be missed. For those who are interested in seeing the Falls up close and personal, a nearly mile-long hike takes visitors up to the edge and offers unparalleled views of Michigan’s natural wildlife. Just past the falls guests will discover the Canyon Gorge. This natural canyon formation is unique to the area and is more than a mile wide and 300 feet deep at its widest point.
Montana: Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area
The Gates of the Mountains earned its name in the early 1800s when Lewis and Clark came through it during their famous expedition. It is said that Meriwether Lewis wrote the name into his journal when he was describing the location and the name stuck. The entirety of the canyon is roughly 5.5 miles long and was formed by Madison Limestone. The unique rock formation can be explored annually from May through September via boat or on foot through the canyon itself. The boat tours run two hours and cover parts of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This is a popular option as it allows visitors to cruise through the canyon in an open-air boat to experience the grandeur of the scenery.