Why Travel to the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Located in Arizona, USA, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long, and at its widest point, stretches 18 miles (29 kilometers) across. You can hike to the bottom, whitewater raft on the river, or ride a mule into the canyon. There's no shortage of activities or education in the area and it's easy to spend several days simply admiring the splendor.
Since there's no shortage of things to do around the Grand Canyon, the real challenge is determining what to do and what you won't do. The National Park Service website is the best place to see the most updated information on what's available for your trip. Because the weather varies to the extremes, the Park Rangers keep a close watch on activities and will only allow certain excursions when the weather is optimal.
For a truly awe-inspiring experience, take a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon. From this vantage point, you can see how massive the Canyon is and get views of the difficult-to-reach North Rim. If you're lucky, you may even see herds of bison roaming in the more remote areas.
Pro Tip: We loved our trip with Maverick Helicopters.
One of the most accessible options is a vehicle tour of the South Rim. You can choose to drive your own vehicle, or you can opt for a trip with Pink Jeep Tours. They do a fantastic job and all of their guides are marvelous. They do the driving so you can enjoy the scenery. The guides with Pink Jeep also know some great places to get the best views and tailor it to your group. If you're a photographer, you can get to some gorgeous places. If you'd rather hike or picnic, there are different, but equally wonderful places to go.
It's difficult to find words to capture the Grand Canyon. It's massive, splendid, stunning, and some word I don't know. The deep colors, textures, varied topography and even climates make each new turn a discovery. When you walk along the Rim Trail, each overlook presents something new and exciting to marvel at and/or photograph. The rugged stone, the sand, the blue water of the river far below, and the trees surrounding the Grand Canyon create a contradictory, yet amazing landscape which stays with you for a long time.
When you visit the Grand Canyon, you feel small, but not in a bad way. You somehow understand the age and the changes the Canyon witnessed over the years and it reminds you that we are finite. Being at the Grand Canyon restores your connection with nature. Since there is little to no cell service and wifi is only available in the nearby town, you're less likely to distract yourself with your phone or attempt to take a work call. If you want to deepen your connection to yourself and nature, there are several experiences for yoga enthusiasts, campers, and those seeking spiritual growth which require a complete disconnection from the digital world.
If you have the pleasure of visiting the Grand Canyon, you won't be disappointed. With so much to offer visitors, you and any travel companions are sure to love the experience of this Natural Wonder of the World.