There are seven natural wonders of the world, with America’s only (not counting the Northern and Southern Lights) natural wonder being the Grand Canyon. Situated in Arizona, the Grand Canyon is one of the most visited tourist spots in Southwestern United States. Stretching for 277 miles, the Grand Canyon is the path for the Colorado River which runs through it. At its narrowest point, it stretches 4 miles across, and it stretches around 18 miles at its widest point. Attracting over 5 million people each year, the Grand Canyon is one of the most visited national park in the United States. Some might think that the Grand Canyon’s boring and uneventful, but that simply is not true. Below is how to enjoy America’s Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon Village
The Grand Canyon Village is a fun and touristy place to visit when you arrive at the Grand Canyon. It is a census-designated place, with its origins back when the area’s railroads were built in 1901. Many of the buildings in the village date back to those times, and newer buildings resemble structures that might have been built back in the day. A fun and popular thing to do at the village is riding on the Grand Canyon Railway, which was the railroad built in 1901. The railroad spans 64 miles and offers scenic views. Another great destination in the village is Mather Point, which is a scenic viewpoint from where visitors can see the rock formations of the canyon.
Bright Angel Trail
The Bright Angel Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in Grand Canyon National Park, with its peak being South Rim. It spans for 8 miles, and has an elevation change of over 4,000 feet. Known as a strenuous trail, its probably best for visitors that are ready to conquer steep hiking. A popular way to enjoy the trail is to the rest houses, which can be done at 1.5 miles or 3 miles. That way, some visitors don’t have to go the entire way. For those of you who’re ready to conquer the entire trail, a popular pace is about 2 to 3 days. The trail ends at the Bright Angel Suspension Bridge, with the Bright Angel Campground and Phantom Ranch past.
South Kaibab Trail
The South Kaibab Trail of the Grand Canyon National Park is another popular trail. Its also a quite strenuous hike, so visitors should be ready for the challenge. The round-trip distance is about 14.6 miles, which most hikers completing it in 2 days. The steep trail leads from South Rim to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The trail, unlike many other trails of the Inner Canyon, offer views in all directions, which are perfect for visitors that just want to hike during the day. If you only want to experience part of the trail, the 1.5 mile hike to Ooh-Aah Point is a popular resthouse. The South Kaibab Trail ends at the Kaibab Suspension Bridge, with the Bright Angel Campground and Phantom Ranch laying out further.
Desert View Watchtower
The Desert View Watchtower, located in the Grand Canyon Village, is a stone tower that rises 7 stories to offer spectacular views. The 70-foot high stone structure was designed by Mary Colter, a well-known Grand Canyon architect, in the ‘30s. Many visitors claim this is one of the best stops at the Grand Canyon, especially due to its great views of the canyon. At the location, you can expect to find a deli, a gift shop, a historical center, a small market, and a gas station. We recommend visiting the watchtower earlier in the day to avoid the crowds.
Havasu Falls is a scenic waterfall of Havasu Creek, which is located within the national park. The 98-foot waterfall is located within the area’s Havasupai tribal lands. The water cascades over beautiful, deep orange cliffs in the desert oasis. The area, filled with lush vegetation and crystal blue water, is contrasted against the harsher desert environment. The desert paradise is just one of five falls in the Havasupai Falls lineup. The others, Navajo, Fifty Foot, Mooney, and Beaver Falls are all located on the Indian reservation as well. The falls are a popular stop when visitors come to see the beauty of the Grand Canyon.
This article is just a small compilation of the beautiful areas to visit when you arrive at the Grand Canyon. The national park offers a lot to do, from sight-seeing to rafting in the Colorado River. Most visitors make it a point to hike on at least one of the many trails at the Grand Canyon. If you’re planning on making the park a vacation lasting several days, there are several nice hotels on-site. They offer discounted family rates and vacation packages. The park lodges should be booked quite early, due to the high volume of tourists. After you visit the Grand Canyon, you’ll have a chance to enjoy the rest of the Arizona area.
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