On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act and officially created the National Park Service. 100 years later, the National Park Service has grown from its original 35 parks to more than 400 national parks, monuments, and lands. That’s certainly something to celebrate!
To help mark this momentous occasion, we asked 7 intrepid adventurers to share their favorite memory of visiting the Grand Canyon. Here’s what they had to say:
Hitting the Hiking Trails
Jen’s Grand Canyon hiking trip was “one of the hardest (and best) hiking adventures that [she’s] ever been on”. She hiked down the South Kaibab Trail:
– Jen, Jaunting Jen | Instagram
Exploring the Rim
If you can explore the Grand Canyon during the day and stay on the Rim after the sun sets, you’ll be rewarded with an incomparable view of the night sky:
– Katherine Belarmino, Travel the World | Instagram
Katherine Belarmino runs the travel website Travel the World with her husband Romeo. They work full-time and travel as much as possible with limited vacation time.
Watching the Sunset
Nothing compares to a Grand Canyon sunset. Christina from Currently Exploring shares why:
– Christina, Currently Exploring | Instagram
Braving a Blizzard
It snows at the Grand Canyon, too! Megan from Mapping Megan was taken by surprise by an unexpected blizzard when she visited the Canyon:
– Megan, Mapping Megan
Beating the Bright Angel Trail
The Bright Angel Trail is a popular hiking trail for hikers of any skill level, and it’s easy to see why – the view is impressive from any elevation:
– Gigi, Gigi Griffis | Instagram
What could be more romantic than saying “I do” on the floor of the Grand Canyon?
– Barry and Stef, Reeves Do Travel | Instagram
Night Time at the Grand Canyon
Night time is one of the most magical times of day to visit the Grand Canyon:
– Nadine, Karate and Caviar | Instagram