Lake Powell, AZ-UT
Water on the Rocks
The Grand Canyon may be pretty to look at, but for small kids, it's a big hole in the ground with scary "don't go beyond this point" signs.
copyright, Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas/David Schmidt
Forget that. About 300 miles northeast awaits a "friendlier" sister canyon both adults and children can enjoy. Well, it was a canyon...once.
Today it's Lake Powell, the result of a dam built in 1962 across Glen Canyon. It took nearly 18 years to fill up this huge gorge straddling Arizona and Utah. But in 1980, a new playground was born.
Now the second largest man-made lake in the U.S. is a natural wonder without the compromise. Your kids can swim and water- ski while you soak in the scenery, sipping margaritas from the deck of a houseboat. Ah, what a life...