Visiting Grand Canyon

(Grand Canyon, Arizona - AZ, USA)

The Grand Canyon is well-known throughout the world due to its status as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Located in the American state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon was formed by the Colorado River cutting its way through the rock over thousands of years.

The canyon's impressive size (300-miles long, 18-miles wide and 1-mile deep) is overwhelming for most first-time visitors. Only a short flight from Las Vegas, the casino and entertainment capital of the world, the Grand Canyon provides visitors with a welcome breath of natural beauty that sharply contrasts with the fast pace of the Las Vegas strip.

Visiting Grand Canyon: Places to Visit

  • Visit the Grand Canyon Village Visitor Center near Mather Point to learn more about the park and the natural history of the area; this is also a good place to pick up souvenirs
  • View the awesome sight of the Grand Canyon's Inner Gorge from its most famous lookout location, Mather Point
  • Thrill yourself with a white water raft ride down the Colorado River. All trips start from Lees Ferry, below Glen Canyon Dam.
  • Ride in a helicopter on a tour of the Grand Canyon for dramatic views of this natural wonder. Tours can take up to 1 hour, 30 minutes, taking in the Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas strip at the same time
  • Walk along the precarious Bright Angel Point trail at North Rim Drive. Starting at Grand Canyon Lodge, the one-mile long trail gives tourists the chance to see the canyon from a different and exciting perspective
  • Enjoy the thrilling IMAX Theater film of rafters battling the rapids on the Colorado River and a spectacular look at the Grand Canyon from the air. The theater is located at Tusayan, eight miles south of the Grand Canyon Visitor Center
  • Hike along the Bright Angel Trailhead that leads you down to Phantom Ranch on the Colorado River. The trail was originally a way for bighorn sheep to reach the water, but was later used by Havasupai Indians and gold prospectors
  • Soak up the awe-inspiring views of the Grand Canyon from Cape Royal, the southernmost viewing point on the North Rim. The walking trail is a fascinating loop taking in the Angels Window (a massive hole) and other sights
  • Take part in outdoor pursuits at Kaibab Plateau, on the North Rim. Activities such as horseback riding and wildlife walks are available near to the picturesque Jacob Lake. Entertaining, practical exhibits at the Kaibab Plateau Visitor's Center are also worth seeing
  • Drive along one of spectacular routes that skirt around the Grand Canyon, stopping at various viewing points along the way

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