The Grand Canyon is a large canyon that stretches 446 km (277 miles) long, up to 29 km (18 miles) wide and approximately 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The Grand Canyon is a protected area and is contained within the Grand Canyon National Park. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the world and about 5 million people visit the National Park each year. The most popular tourist activities include general sightseeing, hiking, rafting and other tours. The Grand Canyon is listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let’s find out where this popular tourist destination is located.
Where is the Grand Canyon located?
The Grand Canyon was carved by the Colorado River, which might give you a clue to its location. The exact location of the canyon is in northern region of Arizona, which is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. The following is a map of the United States, with the location of the Grand Canyon marked with a red dot:
This map shows the state of Arizona with the location of the Grand Canyon marked:
Did you know?
The Grand Canyon covers an area of 4926 square kilometers (1901.94 sq mi). If the National Park was a country it would be the 175th largest in the world, after Trinidad and Tobago.
Most tourists visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon because it is more accessible to the public, is open all year round and has more tourist facilities. Near the south rim is Tusayan, which is a small resort town with an airport just outside the National Park. The city of Flagstaff is a full service community and is located about a hour away from the South Rim. Flagstaff is a popular tourist stopover when visiting the Grand Canyon.