We’re going to let you in on a little secret: we absolutely love the Grand Canyon. We love it! It’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and the community, buildings, restaurants, and cozy lodges make it even better. That’s why the Grand Canyon draws in upwards of 5 million visitors a year, and that’s why so many of them come back a second time. But vacations are expensive, so it’s understandable that you might want to make sure the Grand Canyon won’t be a disappointment after all – nothing’s worse than a disappointing vacation. That’s why we’ve compiled this list – to show possible visitors that, no matter what, there are good times to be had at the Grand Canyon.
1.) The Canyon Itself
It’s no secret that one of the Grand Canyon’s most popular features is the canyon itself, and it lives up to the hype. With a multitude of vantage points from which to view the canyon, the many footpaths that wind throughout the Grand Canyon National Park, located on the Grand Canyon’s famous and popular South Rim. Plunging 6,000 feet down into the Earth, your eyes will barely even be able to comprehend the sheer scale and distance of the canyon as you scan its walls, beholding layers of rock billions of years old.
2.) Attractions and Food
You may be surprised to hear this, but the Grand Canyon Village has some of the best authentic southern cuisine in the country! Family-owned businesses and restaurants provide a homey and comfortable atmosphere, and the available Grand Canyon lodging is no different. Looking for something a little more exciting? Check out the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the West Rim or the IMAX Theater, featuring everything from modern films to documentaries and more!
3.) Camping, Hiking, and Other Outdoor Activities
If you’re a fan of the outdoors, the Grand Canyon’s sweeping wilderness is sure to be a dream come true. With a massive variety of plant and animal life, hiking is like stepping into another world, and camping is like spending the night there. More ambitious hikers may be interested in the many challenging trails available, but beginners looking for a relaxing stroll will find plenty of inviting pathways. Don’t forget about whitewater rafting along the Colorado River, mountain biking, rock climbing, and picnicking!
4.) The Colorado River
The canyon’s original architect, the Colorado River, is worth a road trip in its own right. Framed by a billion years of history, the Colorado is one of America’s most beautiful rivers, perfect for a wide range of water sports including kayaking, fishing, tubing, and rafting.
5.) All-Encompassing Tours
Do any of those activities sound like a good time? Do all of them sound like fun? Then you might be interested in one of the countless available Grand Canyon tours on offer. From 8-day rafting adventures to helicopter rides to affordable train rides and more, it’s hard not to recommend the canyon’s guided tours, especially to first-time visitors. Our knowledgeable and passionate tour guides will teach you all there is to know about the canyon, and with so many tours available, it’s up to you what kind of experience you have. From affordable to luxurious, from exciting to relaxing, there’s a tour for everyone.
So what are you waiting for? The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most popular tourist destinations for a reason, and if you plan ahead enough, you can control almost every facet of your vacation – the only thing you have to do is start putting the pieces together.
Have you ever had an unforgettable Grand Canyon experience? What is your favorite part about the canyon and its surrounding attractions? Let us know in the comments section below!