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  • Grand Canyon Skywalk re-opens to visitors

    2013-06-12

    When it comes to United States travel, the Grand Canyon is undoubtedly one of the most cherished landmarks. The stunning views coupled with the breathtaking majesty of nature make formation something that needs to be seen to be believed. The Skywalk had been one of the most popular ways to experience the Grand Canyon, but it recently had to be shut down due to actions by a local rancher. However, he recently relented and now travelers can see the Grand Canyon from this unique perspective once again, The Associated Press reports.

    "The Grand Canyon is an environmental treasure and an economic driver, so we must ensure it is accessible and protected." U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said recently.

    Although the Skywalk is among the most recognizable features in the Grand Canyon National Park, it's not the only way visitors can experience this national treasure. There are a number of other features throughout the landscape that will surely leave a lasting memory. Here are several of them:

    Desert View Watchtower
    Located in the southern rim of the canyon, this 70-foot stone tower dates back more than 80 years and is one of the best places to survey the surrounding landscape. It was originally constructed in an effort to emulate the structures built by the prehistoric Indian population, and along with its historic relevance, its views of the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert and San Francisco Peaks make it a must-see destination in the park.

    Kolb Studio
    Not all attractions at the Grand Canyon are natural formations, and Kolb Studio is certainly testament to that. This house is built right into the side of the canyon walls, but it's more than just a unique piece of architecture. The building is the former studio of the Kolb Brothers, who took some of the most famous photos of the canyon, and today it features some of their best-known works. There's also an art gallery and bookstore inside offering unique insight into the history of the park.

    Greenway Trail
    A trip to a national park would not be complete without some hiking, and the Grand Canyon's Greenway Trail is your best bet. There are a number of routes you can take, each covering different distances, but they all will offer views unlike any other in the world.

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