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Kauai’s Waimea Canyon vs Arizona’s Grand Canyon

Kauai’s Waimea Canyon has often been called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and having stood on its rim overlooking its beauty I can certainly see why.  But how does it actually compare to the real Grand Canyon in Arizona?  Well, I visited Kauai in 2010 and recently returned from a trip to the Grand Canyon so I thought I would have a go at comparing them.

Waimea Canyon (WC) is 10 miles /16km long while the Grand Canyon (GC) is 277 miles/433 km long.

WC is 3000 feet / 900 m deep compared to 5200 feet / 1600 m for GC.

WC is 1 mile / 1.6 km wide while GC is 18 miles / 28 km at its widest.

Okay, clearly GC is longer, deeper and wider but how do they compare visually?  How about I show you some photos of both canyons and let you judge?

Waimea Canyon

Grand Canyon

Which one is more spectacular?  I’ll leave that up to you.  However, I do know that both are so big and so beautiful that its very tough to make images that do them justice.  Even when I was standing beside them gazing out they somehow didn’t seem ‘real’.

Category: Arizona, Hawaii, Kauai, Travel

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