Earlier this week, Beyoncé and Jay Z celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary. The singer posted an adorable Instagram for the occasion and released a new music video on Tidal. But the commemoration of Bey and Jay’s relationship didn’t end there. On her website, Beyoncé shared a series of images of the couple’s trip to the Grand Canyon. The vacation took place one year ago, in honor of the their eighth anniversary. The photographs depict a pair of parents very much in love, but they also serve as a reminder of one of America’s great natural wonders. (Yes, we think this phrase can be applied to Beyoncé as well, but for the moment we’re going to talk about the landmark.)
The Grand Canyon is part of the U.S. National Park Service—which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Its high elevation helps create its own cool climate, which differs greatly from the weather in the rest its surrounding region. At its most extreme depth, the canyon reaches down 6,093 feet. Its layers of striation help scientists trace millions of years of rock formation, although no fossils have ever been found in the canyon itself. The Colorado River, which dramatically meets the Hoover Dam in Nevada, runs through the Grand Canyon and provides a habitat for a variety of fish species.
Ready to visit? You may need more than one trip. The canyon is 277 miles long and ranges at any given point from 4 to 18 miles wide. Nearly 5 million people flood the area to gaze out across its vistas each year, with many such visitors choosing to hike down to its base. But judging from the below, the photo ops make it well worth the trek. Summer travel plans, anyone?
This story originally appeared on Vogue.
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