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Visit the Grand Canyon, USA

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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!

 

Success stories

theresa fl

Apr 15 at 19:46 pm
It is 4 years ago and still incredible. This Canyon is quiet big :D

delfina clausen

Nov 30 at 02:18 am
I have always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon so when I went to Las Vegas with my family on holiday I asked them if they wanted to go. They said no because it was not near there but after I insisted they finally said yes! It was a long trip (about 6 hours) and when we arrived and I saw the view I almost cried. It is really incredible and the view is amazing!!! I will never forget about it!!!

miriam vieveen

Dec 20 at 21:38 pm
And visited Los Angeles, Yosemite, Seqouia, Kings Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Capitool Reef, Moab, Arches, Canyonlands, Horseshoebend, Mesa Verde, Monument Valley and Las Vegas!

Kendell McKern

Dec 09 at 09:11 am
Beautiful but next time I think I'll try and hike down inside the canyon

Gary Betts

Nov 07 at 08:08 am
Completed as part of America road trip 2015

Calvin Ellis

Nov 21 at 03:03 am
Breathtaking site

Shannon Kokkonen

Dec 28 at 06:23 am
2016 CA Trip

Sharon Hudson

Dec 18 at 16:11 pm
Parents took me after graduation

Kate S

Dec 16 at 21:06 pm
2012

Ruth kiernan

Jul 23 at 08:31 am
Complete

Rosanna Karmoeddien

Jul 11 at 02:20 am
Walked the Skywalk with my favorite person in the world and faced our fear of heights

Fabiana van der Heiden

Apr 20 at 22:32 pm
Wanted to hike several days but it eas not possible then. I hiked down and up the same day. Which was kind of fun too.

ana!

Apr 20 at 10:05 am
During à roadtrip in California/Nevada/Arizona, with my boyfriend

Manô Bisordi

Mar 31 at 17:33 pm
Familyyyy

Ace Hearts

Feb 20 at 15:27 pm
trip to grand canyon

Andrea Tande

Feb 16 at 11:28 am
fun

Rebecca Nolletti

Jan 02 at 17:03 pm
Gorgeous!!

Stef Wilmsen

Jan 02 at 15:39 pm
roadtrip USA 2016

Jelena Krivenko

Dec 14 at 09:28 am
did it

Fiona Mc Auliffe

Dec 09 at 02:24 am
It was amazing.