Tag archives for Grand Canyon

“A river changes people, even if they’re not looking to change,” says Bill “Bronco” Bruchak. He should know, having guided on rivers since 1978, including 80 commercial trips down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River through the protected Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, in central Idaho. “White water makes you let go of…

The beauty of America’s 59 national parks, from the crystal clear waters of Glacier to the sharp silhouette of the Grand Tetons, is something you should experience firsthand–and this is the perfect time to do it. Why? It’s National Park Week. To pay homage to the amazing natural splendor of America’s best idea, we asked our Facebook community to share their favorite national park with us–and what makes it so special. Here’s what they had to say.

In honor of 125 years of exploration and high adventure, here are four ways National Geographic has made a lasting mark on the world of travel.

For digital nomads and even some Luddites, online maps are a ubiquitous tool.

Now Google is pushing deeper into the realm of virtual travel.

Painting the Painted Desert

While the chance to experience the sacred elegance of Northern Arizona’s Painted Desert is well worth a detour from the nearby Grand Canyon, there’s another incentive to visit: street art.

As you can tell from, ahem, Crashing a Space Station, I can’t pass up an adventure. Even if that adventure involves a helicopter, which happens to make the Top 5 List of Things That Frighten Me. But who could say no to a chance to fly over what’s considered one of the world’s wonders? Not this guy.

There’s an axiom our family tries to live by when traveling that makes perfectly good sense in theory, but is often hard to stick to: “Less is More.” The idea is to spend more time in one location rather than rushing around from place to place trying to see and do it all. When adhered…

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The majority of visitors to Grand Canyon National Park enter via the South Rim, but the North Rim can provide an equally rewarding park experience. North or South? Here’s a break down of the pros and cons of both rims to help you decide. [Kaleidoscopic Wandering] Want to travel solo but not sure if you…

A Watery Lottery

If you’ve ever dreamed seeing the Grand Canyon as John Wesley Powell did in 1869–by rafting through its mile-deep inner gorge rowing your own boat–you have until February 23 to get your application in to Grand Canyon National Park for the yearly lottery for noncommercial 12- to 25-day river trips. Among whitewater rafters, this is…

Rim to Rim: A Photographic Folly

Margaret Krauss, who works in the National Geographic Kids division, recently completed a five day back-country hike into the Grand Canyon. She’s been sharing glimpses from along the North Kabib Trail, and you can read her posts here, here, here and here. “Take a panorama,” Marc said. We were hiking back to the North Rim.…

Margaret Krauss, who works in the National Geographic Kids division, recently completed a five day back-country hike into the Grand Canyon. She’s been sharing glimpses from along the North Kabib Trail. Read her posts here, here, and here. I was scared to explore beyond the boundaries of the North Kaibab trail. I’ve rock-scrambled all my…

Rim to Rim: A Solitary Trek

Margaret Krauss, who works in the National Geographic Kids division, recently completed a five day back-country hike into the Grand Canyon. For the next few days, she’ll be sharing glimpses from her trip. Read her posts here and here. It is impossible to get lost on the North Kaibab Trail. Besides the occasional yucca plant,…

Rim to Rim: Setting Out

Margaret Krauss, who works in the National Geographic Kids division, recently completed a five day back-country hike into the Grand Canyon. For the next few days, she’ll be sharing glimpses from her trip. Read her first post here. The North Kaibab Trail is the only maintained trail from the North Rim. Over its 14.2 miles…

Margaret Krauss, who works in the National Geographic Kids division, recently completed a five day back-country hike into the Grand Canyon. For the next few days, she’ll be sharing glimpses from her trip. Hitting rock bottom is generally not a gratifying experience. But when I reached the Colorado River at the base of the Grand…

Where Your Peeps At?

Is it Thursday afternoon? Well then it must be time to take a look through our Peeps in Places pictures that have been submitted so far! If you haven’t taken your Peep out for a photo op yet, there’s still plenty of time. We’ll be accepting photos through April 3. See details for submitting them…

Lynda Bird Johnson packs her camp trailer prior to her western trip. From the December, 1965 issue of National Geographic Magazine, by David Boyer/NGS. This weekend President Obama and the First Family are heading to Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks, in part to promote this summer’s final fee-free weekend at over 100 parks that…

The National Geographic Channel’s series DogTown kicks off its third season tonight, Friday, March 20th, at 10 p.m. The series examines the important and emotional work of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, among the largest no-kill animal shelters in the U.S., as it houses, treats, and seeks permanent homes for dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, goats,…