The Grand Canyon located in Arizona, and Waimea Canyon located in Kauai, are two grand landscapes similar in some ways, opposite in others, but both are spectacular. Here are some comparisons of these two beautiful areas.
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is easily Arizona’s most famous landmark. Millions of visitors embark to the canyon every year to enjoy its vast and beautiful surroundings. The two most popular areas of the canyon are the South and West rims. Each section provides different opportunities to explore the Grand Canyon.
South Rim is the most accessible section of Grand Canyon National Park with numerous places to admire the views, many iconic buildings and structures. The South Rim is the most active and developed area with shopping and dining options.
West Rim, located on the Hualapai Reservation, provides the opportunity to experience the canyon in unique ways. Step out over the rim 4,000 feet above the canyon floor on the Skywalk. Enjoy stunning vistas and naturally-carved rock formations like Eagle Point. Raft the Colorado River or hike scenic trails.
The Grand Canyon is more than a destination; it’s an all-encompassing experience that will make lasting memories. There are many different types of tours at the Grand Canyon which cater to many interests such as mule trips, reserved through the National Park Lodges system; whitewater rapid rides down the Colorado River; hiking the many trails; or helicopter tours that provide visitors a panoramic view of the entire Grand Canyon.
On the west side of Kauai, Hawaii is a place that you have to see to believe. Even photographs don’t do justice to the size and scope of Waimea Canyon. This geographic marvel is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” due to the similarity to its Arizona cousin. This glorious gulch contains 3,000-foot tall cliffs with either side of the canyon displaying very different visual characteristics. It’s ensconced with lush green foliage against a backdrop of red cliffs. Volcanic activity, as well as the Waimea River, helped carve out this mountainous beauty millions of years ago.
Many visitors enjoy hiking the miles of maintained trails to see some spectacular views of Waimea. The hikes range from easy to difficult and allow you to explore the canyon up close.
To really enjoy the beauty of Waimea Canyon, and take in the sheer size of this breathtaking beauty, view it from the sky with Maverick Helicopters’ Kaui Discovery tour. You’ll get a bird's-eye view of the Waimea Canyon and other recognizable landmarks like the Na Pali Coast and Jurassic Falls.
No matter which canyon you choose to see, the good news is they’re both remarkable so you can’t go wrong with either.