Located in the state of Arizona in the United States of America, the Grand Canyon is an exquisite piece of nature. Take a look!
I am sure everyone must have heard about how beautiful Grand Canyon is and might fancy a visit there. But incase you haven’t, let us introduce you to this beauty which will definitely steal your heart. Here’s everything you need to know about Grand Canyon and how stunning it looks!
Even the most skeptical travellers get awestruck at the sight of the Grand Canyon’s massive expanse of gorges, ridges and rock formations.
From hiking to rafting, it has a plethora of activities which is a plus for all the adventure junkies out there and the breath-taking view of the Canyon will make your holiday picture-perfect. So, there’s no doubt that visiting Grand Canyon is always a good idea!
The best times to visit the Grand Canyon are March through May and September through November when daytime temperatures are cool and it’s not very touristy.
Many of those visiting the Grand Canyon are confused whether they should visit the North Rim or the South Rim, the West Rim or the East Rim. Well, who wouldn’t be? It’s each and every corner is so eye-catching and pretty!
The South Rim is the most commercial of all as it has the maximum number of visitors. It provides panoramic views of the Canyon exactly like those seen in movies and pictures. There are scheduled activities here like helicopter tours, mule riding, biking and so on. Make sure you check and book these in advance. There are options to hike too, but not as challenging as those that you will find at the North Rim.
The North Rim is much more secluded and less touristy than the South. Hiking and driving to the viewpoints are done from here. Most of those who visit here have their own transportation or travel by the “Trans Canyon Shuttle” from the South Rim.
The West Rim is owned and operated by the Hualapai Indians, so visiting here gives you a chance to meet and interact with them in their homeland. It’s not as highly developed as the South Rim, but it offers attractions you can’t find anywhere else, such as the Grand Canyon Skywalk which provides an amazing walking-on-air experience.
The East Rim is considered as one of the peaceful rims of the Canyon as it does not attract a lot of visitors throughout the year. The temperature here moderate and warm due to lower elevation than the other rims.
Whichever you decide to finally visit, the beauty of this natural wonder will not fail to enthrall you.
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Not only this, Grand Canyon is filled with a number of natural wonders which are a sight to behold. Take a lot at some of our favourite places!
Rim Trail – is a paved walking path that follows the rim of the Grand Canyon for 13 miles, from South Kaibab Trailhead to Hermit’s Rest. This nearly level path, with a mix of sun and shade from scattered trees, is one of the most scenic walks in North America with a fabulous view.
Hermit Road Drive – is a seven-mile scenic drive along the canyon rim, offering numerous viewpoints. This is the most popular route in the park.
Havasu Falls – one of the most gorgeous falls in the Grand Canyon is a must visit. Reaching here is a bit difficult as you have to hike for miles but it’s definitely worth it once you see how amazing it looks.
Horseshoe Bend – which is one of the top attractions of the Grand Canyon and is on everyone’s list. It is 5 miles outside the Grand Canyon National Park in Glen Canyon and provides spectacular view of the Canyon.
Grand Canyon Skywalk – which provides a grand view of the West Rim and you will literally feel like you are walking on air. The glass floor of the Skywalk juts out over the cliffside 4,000 feet above the canyon floor at Eagle Point.
Desert View Watchtower – the 70-foot-high stone building, also known as Indian Watchtower. Climbing the 85 steps to the top of the tower rewards visitors with a 360-degree view.
Black Suspension Bridge – also known as the Kaibab Bridge because it connects the North Rim with the South Rim via the Kaibab Trail, is a must visit.
Desert View Drive – is the name for Arizona Highway 64, which runs between Grand Canyon Village and the settlement of Desert View on the Canyon’s eastern edge. Here, you can see white water rapids, and long, wide sections of the river snaking through the canyon in the distance.
How to Reach?
Many of the visitors to the Grand Canyon take a flight to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) or to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX). It takes 3-5 hours of driving from here to reach the Canyon, depending on which airport you arrive at and which part of the canyon you intend to visit. There’s also a small airport in Flagstaff, just an hour from the South Rim, and some North Rim travellers also fly to Salt Lake City. No matter where you land, you’ll need to rent a car, as public transit is extremely limited in this part of the U.S.
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