Canyons and gorges are natural wonders, created by fast-flowing rivers eroding the earth between two cliffs. Most of the canyons in the world are formed by long-term erosion processes upon a plateau. The cliffs are formed of hard rock resistant to erosion and weather changes, and they form the two sides of such features. Canyons offer a spectacular kind of beauty that can’t be compared to any other natural wonder. Their beauty not only resides in their often magnificent size, but also in their surroundings, the dramatic landscapes, and their underground elements.
All around the world, there are incredibly beautiful canyons that every passionate lover of the outdoors should visit. Check this list out!
Tiger Leaping Gorge, China
The Tiger Leaping Gorge is a canyon on the Yanshe River, the primary tributary to Yangtze River in China. The gorge is part of the World Heritage Site, Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Area. The canyon is about 9 miles long, surrounded by cliffs and mountains rising up to 10,000 ft. above the river. Tiger Leaping Gorge is considered to be the deepest canyon in the world, depending on the criteria. The narrowest part of the canyon is about 98 ft. wide.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
The graceful silky curves of Antelope Canyon are the most photographed canyon walls in the world. If you ever visit Antelope Canyon you will understand why this place is considered as one of the most beautiful gorges in the world. The canyon itself includes two separate sections, the Lower and Upper Antelope. Their orange and purple curtain-like walls are so narrow at certain points that a person can stretch out their hands and touch them both. Although the canyon is incredibly beautiful, it can also be deadly at times, like in 1997 when a flash flood killed 11 people in the Lower Antelope.
Waimea Canyon, Hawaii
Waimea Canyon is also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and it’s one of the most colorful canyons in the world. It’s located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. As the largest canyon in the Pacific, Waimea is 10 miles long, 1 mile wide and 3,600 feet deep. Waimea Canyon was carved many thousands of years ago by the strong river flows from Mount Waialeale at the center of the island.
The colorful canyon is a treat for the eyes. Even if you are not particularly interested in canyons, while you visit Hawaii, Waimea is a must for every traveler.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is located in northern Arizona and is one of the greatest tourist attractions, not only in the US but also in the world. It was carved out of the rock over millions of years by the Colorado River, and it reaches depth of 1 mile and a length of 277 miles. The intricate and colorful landscape of the Grand Canyon, as well as its size, attract many people throughout the year to explore its incredible beauty. If you ever visit Arizona, don’t miss seeing this magnificent gift of nature that stands to remind us of the power and beauty of our Planet Earth.
Fish River Canyon, Namibia
The Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa. As one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Namibia, Fish River Canyon impresses people with its magnificent size. A lot of adventure travelers visit the canyon and spend days hiking between its great cliffs. Because the Fish River has been dammed, only small amounts of water flow through the canyon today which makes it available for exploring by foot. The canyon features a gigantic ravine about 100 miles long and 1,800 ft. deep in some spots.
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