The Grand Canyon may get all the newsprint, but Hells Canyon, which spans the Snake River from Idaho to Oregon and Washington, is deeper. In fact, it is America's deepest river gorge, with a maximum height above river level of 8,043 feet.
Hidden away in remote parts of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, the canyon isn't well known, except perhaps among river rafters. But its beauty and majesty are well worth a visit by anyone.
Perhaps the best view down from high above Hells Canyon is from a viewpoint called Heaven's Gate, which offers views of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, as well as of six huge peaks known as the Seven Devils--the seventh peak is Native American legend.
Demonstrating how few people visit Hells Canyon, the Audi Q7 TDI that CNET News reporter Daniel Terdiman is road testing on Road Trip 2009 sat alone in the Heaven's Gate parking lot near the top of Hells Canyon for over an hour, despite it being a warm summer weekend day.