Grand Canyon

Imagine that you’re standing in the largest, most splendid European cathedral. The rock walls soar to more than 100 feet into the air, elaborate carvings encrust the columns and palisades, and beams of light stream through the upper reaches. The ambiance is that of the sacred, the sublime, the supernatural.

Now imagine a cathedral whose walls rise not hundreds but thousands of feet from its foundations and whose age is measured in millions rather than hundreds of years and whose architecture and size are completely overwhelming. This is Grand Canyon, Earth’s greatest cathedral. — Gary Ladd Grand Canyon