- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit the Grand Canyon, USA
It's grandeur is more grand than you realize
At 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and up to 1 mile deep, the canyon is far bigger and more impressive than you could imagine before you lay eyes on it for the first time. If you’ve never visited, and never seen photos, you might assume it’s a big long crack in the ground with two walls and a river down below – the canyon is so much more beautiful and complex. First-time visitors are often brought to tears, left with jaws agape, or left wondering if what they’re witnessing is real.
There are so many different ways to enjoy it
Hiking is a common activity that visitors to the canyon partake in, and it’s a great way to see this amazing national park. If you love nature, and appreciate beauty but aren’t much of a hiker, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the beauty of the canyon. Bike tours, mule rides, and helicopter flights are a few of the other ways you can explore the Grand Canyon. Not into being active? You can take a seat along the rim and relax and enjoy the views as the colors of the canyon change as the day progresses.
It's a photographers paradise
Get ready for sensory overload. As a photographer, when you arrive at the Grand Canyon you want to start capturing the immense beauty you see right away. You’ll take a shot, move a few feet and love this brand new angle and how it improves upon your previous shot. There are so many viewpoints that hand photographers easy access to amazing compositions, it’s hard to decide where to go! Sunrise and sunset can offer fantastic lighting conditions, and monsoon season and winter time often bring new contrasts, challenges and beauty.
How often do you get to visit something that's taken 6 million years to create, that also reveals parts of the earth that are 1.8 billion years old?
The Grand Canyon has been formed over the last 6 million years. In a nutshell, the Colorado River which runs the 277-mile length of the Grand Canyon drops about 2000 feet from one end of the canyon to the other. Over time, the river in combination with other factors has carved out this majestic wonder. In looking at the tiny river from above it’s easy to wonder how it’s all possible. 6 million years of carving is impressive, especially when you realize that the bottom layers of rock – the Vishnu Schist were formed 1.8 BILLION years ago when North America collided with an ancient chain of volcanic islands.
It's one of the 7 natural wonders of the world
Traveling and exploring the world opens you up to new experiences and can often be one of the most rewarding things you do in life. The planet is full of so much beauty that you owe it to yourself to see and experience as much as possible – which means having a chance to experience one of the 7 natural wonders of the world should be at the top of your list!