Growing up in Tucson, we didn't have access to water parks, so every year we piled into old church buses and made the trip to The Big Surf. Of course, we didn't call it "The" Big Surf. That's because everyone knows that it's just "Big Surf." The reason it's not "The" Big Surf is that "Big" is part of the name. If "Big" was being used as an adjective to modify "Surf" then it would be "The Big Surf".
Why would I waste your time in order to make this obvious point? I make it so that local journalists will stop writing about "The" Grand Canyon. Dude. It's just "Grand Canyon." Check out this story by the Republic's Shaun McKinnon.
In a report to be released today, the National Parks Conservation Association describes what it characterizes as serious threats to natural and cultural resources in five national parks - including the Grand Canyon - along a stretch of the Colorado River and two tributaries in Colorado, Utah and Arizona.
No, it's "including Grand Canyon". I wouldn't make a big deal about it except that Grand Canyon is, like, you know the thing Arizona is most famous for. So people who write for the state's biggest newspaper should get the name right.