Greetings from Grand Canyon National Park

My husband was 35 when he died of cancer, and I was 32. A month after his passing, I found solace in a National Parks roadtrip with our dog, Aretha Franklin. We visited eight parks in all. And the beauty of creation saved me, as it can do for anyone who takes the time to dwell in nature with an open heart. I forever will be a grateful supporter of our National Parks, as will Aretha.

Sincerely,
Victoria

Grand Canyon National Park

America’s Southwest is full of breathtaking canyons, but none as famous or as widely visited as the Grand Canyon. This world-famous landmark offers wondrous views, spectacular hiking, exhilarating whitewater rafting and countless adventures. One look across the enormous chasm confirms just why this inspirational place is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a must-see destination for so many travelers. The park also protects a wealth of biological diversity, including numerous endemic and threatened species and several rare ecosystems.

State(s): Arizona

Established: 1919

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