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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park on April 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Stringer

The Grand Canyon is perhaps America’s most famous and second-most popular national park, and with good reason. Its size and scale don’t completely translate no matter how many photos or videos you see; the park’s sheer magnitude has to be experienced first-hand to be properly appreciated.

From every viewpoint, and each trail, the vista changes throughout the day, with colors popping as ever-evolving cloud patterns and changing sunlight reveal new details by the hour. It’s a destination world-renown for the grandeur you really can’t see anywhere else on the planet. Tourists flock here to the tune of six million per year. Only Great Smoky Mountains National Park (12 million visitors) is more popular in terms of annual visitors.

Over 18 miles across at its most expansive, and generally about a mile deep, the edge of the canyon feels like the end of the Earth. The Colorado River that washes though the canyon for 277 miles first cut its path roughly six million years ago.

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A little long exposure magic under the pier at Pensacola Beach on Sunday night.

A little long exposure magic under the pier at Pensacola Beach on Sunday night. ...

Woke up early to shoot this legendary barn in the Tetons. Got some splashes of color on the mountains during sunrise. Such a beautiful scene. 📸: @peterstringer for @amazingamerica

Woke up early to shoot this legendary barn in the Tetons. Got some splashes of color on the mountains during sunrise. Such a beautiful scene. 📸: @peterstringer for @amazingamerica ...

One of our favorite shots from Wyoming. Had to trudge through some mud to get there but the payoff was worth it! 📸 : @peterstringer for @amazingamerica

One of our favorite shots from Wyoming. Had to trudge through some mud to get there but the payoff was worth it! 📸 : @peterstringer for @amazingamerica ...

Ahh the Tetons! Finally made the trip here last month. Incredible.

Ahh the Tetons! Finally made the trip here last month. Incredible. ...

Great Basin. Great views. Incredible park.

Great Basin. Great views. Incredible park. ...

The Alpine Lakes trail at Great Basin National Park in Nevada is breathtaking.

The Alpine Lakes trail at Great Basin National Park in Nevada is breathtaking. ...

Great Basin National Park is among the most underrated National Parks in the USA. It's about 4 hours from Las Vegas in northeastern Nevada and it's worth every minute of the drive! Photo: @peterstringer

Great Basin National Park is among the most underrated National Parks in the USA. It's about 4 hours from Las Vegas in northeastern Nevada and it's worth every minute of the drive! Photo: @peterstringer ...

Light trails in the desert in Joshua Tree... Photo @peterstringer

Light trails in the desert in Joshua Tree... Photo @peterstringer ...

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