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Antelope Canyon, Arizona

This canyon is the second most visited in America, right behind the Grand Canyon. But, the thing that is characteristic for this destination is that it is the most photogenic canyon you will ever find. Many tourists come only to take pictures of it and themselves. But on the other side, some come to enjoy the nature, or maybe listen about the history. Come and have fun however you want.

Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí, or “spiral rock arches.”

Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic “flowing” shapes in the rock. You will certainly need a guide, so allocate some time for finding a good one.

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon is the perfect place for people that love hiking, because it offers many stunning landscapes, and shows you the beauty of nature, and because of that it is also known as a big inspiration for artists. The Grand Canyon is an enormous national park located in Arizona. It is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 metres). There are many hospitable hotels that will gladly welcome you. Although the South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year, there’s a big attraction located at the West Rim, on the Hualapai Nation, called Skywalk, which is a half round bridge made of glass which reaches the height of 4000ft. You can have a great time on the skywalk watching traditional performances by Hualapai tribe members, taking a one-day white water rafting tour, landing in a helicopter at the bottom of the Grand Canyon or staying overnight in one of the cabins at the Hualapai Ranch. If you are hiking across the canyon, the South Kaibab Trail crosses the Colorado River on a narrow foot bridge 70 feet (21 meters) above the water. It is a 21 mile (34 km) hike to go from “Rim To Rim,” which is followed by a 1 mile (1.6 km) climb. That makes it an overnight hiking trip for most of the hikers. Colorado River is carved in the Grand Canyon and gives it its characteristic shape. It is believed that Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago and ever Since then, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present day configuration.
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