More than 5 million people visit Grand Canyon National Park each year for a bucket-list adventure. Although a worthy destination, the Grand Canyon can also get crowded and challenge visitors looking for a more off-the-beaten path vacation.
Instead of putting off that next outdoor vacation, enjoy one of these alternatives to the Grand Canyon.
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Nestled in southeastern Utah, Canyonlands National Park boasts panoramic overlooks and desert landscape. Rivers divide the park into areas known as Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze and rivers. Visitors stunned by the dramatic red rock landscape can explore the area looking for a hiking adventure.
Canyon views can be found in all corners of the country, including the tropics. The Grand Canyon of the Pacific is known as Waimea Canyon, or “reddish water” in Hawai’ian. Explore more than 14 miles of crested buttes, crags and gorges with panoramic views of the park and inland vistas.
Palo Duro Canyon
The Texas Panhandle is home to the second-largest canyon in the United States. Palo Duro Canyon State Park features multicolored layers of rock and Grand Canyon-inspired mesa walls. Visitors can camp out at the bottom of the canyon, bike, hike or indulge in a leisurely weekend drive.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Located west of Canon City, Colorado, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is home to the country’s highest suspension bridge and zip line. With the help of the Arkansas River, the gorge features a carved path stretching below YMCA Mountain and Fremont Peak.
Canyon de Chelly
Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly sits on Navajo tribal lands with a towering Spider Rock spire standing 800 feet tall. Sweeping views include sandstone cliffs and prehistoric rock art. Visitors can take a free hike with a ranger or stop in to enjoy the scenic views.
Bringing the grandparents on vacation was once a novelty trip reserved for momentous occasions like a trip to Disney World or a family reunion. Today's grandparent travel trends are all about leaving the parents at home and taking the grandkids on a gramping or skip-gen (skip-a-generation) trip.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Air rage is a term used to describe all kinds of unruly passenger behavior, not just anger or rage. It can apply to travelers who are simply rude and disruptive when it comes to interacting with the flight crew or fellow passengers, but it can also apply to passengers who cause disturbances due to excessive alcohol consumption, a fear of flying or a mental health condition. According to the International Air Transport Association, air rage is on the rise, with one such “air rage” incident occurring once for every 1,053 flights.
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.