Take your valentine to see the Grand Canyon -- in Santa Monica

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This weekend you will be able to step onto the rim of the Grand Canyon, hold onto the railing and look down -- without leaving Southern California. Chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum, who creates 3-D images that are crazy-realistic, will bring the natural wonder to life on a section of the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

The image will be arranged “so that when people are looking over the railing of the chalk art, it will feel like they are really leaning over the edge of the canyon,” Sherry Henry, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, said in a statement.

The idea is to inspire folks to visit the real canyon. Work on the chalk version is to begin Thursday and be completed in a few days. It’s to remain on display through Monday on part of the promenade between -- where else? -- Arizona Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.


An added perk: Passersby who go to see the chalk canyon also will have an opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win prizes such as a three-night stay at Enchantment Resort in Sedona with a Pink Jeep Tour for two. A $400 Southwest Airlines gift card and a $200 gift card also come with the prizes. Entries are in person only between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday through Monday. (To enter, look for an Arizona “ambassador” holding an iPad.)

You can sign up for a free Arizona Guide at And check out some of Stum’s unreal chalk creations too.

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