Anyone who’s seen the Grand Canyon in person would agree that pictures simply can’t do it justice. As you approach the visitor center, get out of your car and walk to the overlook, you’ll finally comprehend its enormity. 277 miles (446 km) long, between four and eight miles (6.4 to 29 km) wide and over one mile (1.83 km) deep, “grand” is an understatement. It’s no wonder it’s considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
The Grand Canyon attracts nearly five million visitors every year, most of whom explore the more accessible South Rim. Popular overlooks include Grand Canyon Village, Hermits Rest, and Desert View. The North Rim is harder to get to and is closed from late-October to mid-May due to snowy conditions.
There are countless ways to enjoy the great outdoors at Grand Canyon National Park, from hiking and camping to just gazing at the magnificent vistas. Visitors can take escorted mule rides down the steep trails or, for the more adventurous, there are multi-day whitewater rafting excursion on the Colorado River at the base of the canyon too. If you ever have the opportunity to visit—even if it’s just passing through on a cross-country drive—you really must do it!
Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? What are your thoughts?
|How to get there: From points west and east, take Interstate 40 to Williams, Arizona. Then take State Highway 64 for approximately sixty miles to the National Park’s entrance at the South Rim. How much: There is a $25 per vehicle fee to enter the National Park. For more information: Visit the National Park’s website.|
Here are some more shots from my trip:
Michael Figueiredo is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. When he’s not gallivanting around the world, he’s enjoying the laid-back lifestyle and perfect weather of Southern California. So far he’s visited forty countries and territories on five continents. His goal is to see at least one new country every year! . Read more from this author