Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012
by – Alex McCarty, Tour Manager, North America
Words can only hope to describe the vision that is the Grand Canyon. Those who see it for the first time often find themselves at a loss for words, and others still say seeing it for the first time is ‘like a religious experience.’
Stretching east to west, like a scar across northern Arizona, this World Heritage Site reads like a diary of the life of Earth itself, like a treasure waiting to be discovered and, like a treasure, the series of canyons are filled with jewels at every turn: around every corner another unforgettable panoramic view, exotic wildlife politely sharing their home with each human visitor and Mother Nature breathing fresh air right into your soul.
There are many reasons why 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon National Park each year. That it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is not the least of them!
Though the Grand Canyon is a bit isolated, the amenities offered inside the park are well appointed and designed to give you as many creature comforts as possible for such a natural setting.
Let’s not forget, you are pretty much in the middle of nowhere! After all, the main attraction is obviously the Canyon itself, and with its miles and miles of trails into its walls and those around its rim it is waiting for your own expedition, your exploration, your discovery.
Be careful though, as any Park ranger (and tour manager) will tell you, hike smart or don’t hike at all! If hiking and nature aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of historical landmarks to visit, like the El Tovar (the park’s oldest building, a luxury hotel with great views and a bar), Hopi House (a museum devoted to indigenous people of the Arizona plains) or Kolb Studio (a showroom displaying the work of Emery Kolb, the Grand Canyon’s most famous photographer), just to name a few.
There are, of course, gift shops located at almost every lodge, all featuring authentic Native American arts and crafts, among other items.
Without question one of the most amazing experiences you may ever have is your life is a helicopter flight over the canyon, with the opportunity to even land on the bottom of the canyon for a swim and a hike in the simply indescribable beauty of the Havasupai reservation.
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Do the helicopter flight over the grand canyon. I did the 45 min ride and got to sit next to the pilot…it was the highlight of my tour!!
can you believe we arrived at the canyon and it snowed for 2 days straight !!!!! we counldnt take our helicopter flights or trek but do you know what ….... i can say ive seen the grand canyon covered in snow ! we had a ball and we made the most of it – it was freezing yet beautiful all at the same time…....
Grand Canyon was amazing in my eyes. Words can really describe it and phtos just dont do it justice. Im so glad I did a helicopter Ride over it. But I so regret dnot doing the all day one where you get to go down into it. It was a little bit out of my price range. But I tell you if you are not 100% sure if you want to do it. Then do it, after seeing the photos and peoples videos of it I wish I had. Also I revommend going up to Hopi Point for Sunrise/Sunset. Its beautiful, but get up there early enough as lots of people go up there