Grand Canyon National Park Is Turning 100! See All the Celebs Who Have Stood on the Edge
Happy Birthday to a National Treasure!
Grand Canyon National Park turns 100 years old on February 26. The remarkable geological site draws 6 million visitors each year, including its fair share of famous faces, from Will Smith to Oprah!
To mark the occasion, National Geographic is releasing Into the Grand Canyon, a documentary that follows photographer Pete McBride and journalist Kevin Fedarko as they traverse the entire 750-mile length of the canyon on foot over 71 treachorous days.
Watch the trailer here and tune in for the premiere on February 21 at 8/7C on Nat Geo.
See all the starts who have visited over the years!
Willow, Trey, Jada Pinkett, Jaden & Will Smith
The Grand Canyon is mesmerizing from any view point — but according to the Men in Black actor, it's best seen while bungee jumping out of a helicopter.
"It’s like the whole Grand Canyon is mine. It’s like no one will ever have that view," he explained on a live stream that captured his daring stunt, which he performed for his 50th birthday in September 2018 as his family and friends looked on. "It’s almost like you need the terror to experience the bliss. It’s spectacular! I would definitely do it again."
To kick off her "Year of Adventure," the media mogul headed to the Grand Canyon with longtime love Stedman Graham and BFF Gayle King in July 2016. The trio also traveled there together in 1993.
"The words 'amazing' and 'awesome' don’t even come close to capturing what was in store: 'magnificent,' 'majestic,' 'sacred' are more like it," she wrote on her website of their experience watching the sunrise. "I took my time. I took it in. And I’ll keep it with me forever. This country is filled with splendor, right there to inspire—even change—us. We just have to open our eyes."
The Handmaid's Tale actress found a huge way to celebrate her first Emmy nomination in July 2018 — with a trip to the Grand Canyon! Strahovski, who was expecting at the time, showed off her baby bump in a series of photos.
"I want my child to be able to explore the wonders of Grand Canyon without the threat of toxic uranium pollution nearby," the actress and Sierra Club Ambassador said in a press release at the time.
The Brady Bunch
The designerrang in her 40th birthday surrounded by nature (and her famous family) in April 2014. "Magical day hiking the Grand Canyon with my babies x vb," she captioned a shot of herself perched on a rock during a hike.
Her retired soccer star husband also posted a selfie of the dramatic scene."I had a great time with Victoria," he captioned the shot.
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Bey and Jay opted for a grand gesture to celebrate nine years of marriage in April 2017 — with a trip to the Grand Canyon!
The "Formation" singer — who was pregnant with twins Rumi and Sur at the time — shared a handful of shots from their family getaway (including a helicopter tour!) with daughter Blue Ivy, now 7.
Cindy Crawford, Presley, Kaia & Rande Gerber
Crawford poked fun at the perils of family vacations during a trip to the Grand Canyon with husband Randy Gerber and kids Kaia and Presley back in 2016 – referencing the classic comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation.
"#notthegriswalds," the supermodel captioned the photo, joking about the movie’s ill-fated family who were always out of luck when it came to trips away.
In 2009, President Obama took in Mother Nature's masterpiece during a tour of the Grand Canyon with his family.
George H. W. Bush
In 1991, the late former President (who was in office at the time) stopped to admire the view at Doh Ahh point. The first President Bush was visiting the canyon with his wife, Barbara, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service.
During their trip, the former First Lady cut a patriotic figure as she waved to a group of tourists at Mather Point.
The actor, who starred in the 1991 film Grand Canyon, looked overjoyed to return to the site on a trip years later.
The actress showed off the natural wonder's true beauty in a "#nofilter" snap from her 2014 road trip to Grand Canyon East.
The late Easy Rider star visited Grand Canyon West in June 2009, where he took in the sweeping vistas from the Skywalk, a one-of-a-kind glass bottom bridge that hangs 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.