The world’s 3 biggest canyons are actually quite accessible. This comes as a surprise to many, as it would seem like big canyons would be in far off deserts or jungles that are hard to get to. While they aren’t the deepest or longest these are the 3 canyons that are widely considered to be the biggest in the world:
Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
The Grand Canyon is the most famous canyon in the world and is also considered the biggest. With over 5 million visitors a year, it is the second most visited National Park in America behind the Smoky Mountains.
There are many ways to experience this wonder of the world. Multi-day hikes into the canyon, helicopter tours, or rafting the Colorado River that carved out the canyon so many years ago are all great ways to explore the Grand Canyon.
No matter how long your visit is, watching the sunrise over the rim of the canyon is one of the coolest experiences in the world and is a must-see!
Fish River Canyon, Namibia, Africa
The second biggest canyon is also not a disappointment and is worth the trip if you ever find yourself in Southern Africa. While it is similar to the Grand Canyon in the sense that it is a desert, it has a unique shape and habitat.
While there are no day hikes allowed in the canyon, there are great views and trails along the rim. The popular Canyon Hike is open from April to September and can be done with a group in 4-8 days depending on how quick and far the group is going.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
Located in the northeast section of South Africa, Blyde River Canyon is very close to Kruger National Park and a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg.
Known as the “greenest canyon in the world”, the views here are nothing like the first two. Although it is not close to as big, the views, wildlife, and colors make this canyon one of the hidden treasures of Africa. Waterfalls and rivers line the hiking trails and you will forget that you are in one of the biggest canyons in the world as you pass nature at its finest.