• Travel Series – The Grand Canyon

  • by Kristen Curzytek

Our travel series is rolling on to the next stop, the Grand Canyon. Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World at one time, the Grand Canyon is a vast steep-sided canyon formed by the Colorado River. Located in the state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and about 18 miles wide.

The Grand Canyon is home to 34 different mammals and over 40 reptile species. When you visit the Grand Canyon you will see coyotes, condors, and even bald eagles. Don’t be surprised if you run in to geckos, scorpions, beetles and butterflies. There is plenty of nature to take in!

The Grand Canyon alone is a breathtaking form of nature. In 2007 the Grand Canyon opened the Skywalk. The Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped bridge that extends 70 feet over the Grand Canyon. From this point tourists can look at the steep 700 foot drop to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

The views of the Grand Canyon are out of this world, but there is much more to do than just view the Grand Canyon. You can learn about the rich history of the Native American that lived in the Grand Canyon area. You can also participate in many actives around the Grand Canyon like rafting, hiking, biking and even a ride in a helicopter. If a helicopter ride is not your thing, you can take a tour of the Grand Canyon on the back of a mule.

Mule rides are one of the most popular activities to do in the Grand Canyon. Mules are used instead of horses because mules are able to handle the mountainous terrain a lot easier than a horse. They are also easier to ride for inexperience riders. So unless you are a cowboy or a cowgirl, you are going to riding a mule in the Grand Canyon. Mule rides usually takes visitors down into the canyon in about 10 hours. Typically if you want to see the bottom of the Grand Canyon on a mule ride, you want to set aside two days of your vacation. Mule rides are pretty enjoyable and you can even stay at one of the beautiful lodges located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon when your tour is over.

If a mule ride is not your thing, a helicopter ride can give you a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous Grand Canyon. More than half a million visitors to the Grand Canyon take a helicopter tour each year. You can choose to take your tour from either the Grand Canyon Airport in the village of Tusayan or Las Vegas Nevada or Sedona Arizona.  There are many helicopter tours available that offer views of different parts of the Grand Canyon. Shop around to get the best price.

Another fun activity to do while visiting the Grand Canyon is whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. The Colorado River runs through the Grand Canyon and offers views of the canyon that will just blow you away.  Discover hidden waterfalls and see the Grand Canyon in a whole new way.  The Colorado River is also the only way you can access the Grand Canyon National Park. There are many different rafting tours available. Some rafting tours are wild rides while others are peaceful on still water. Whichever is your style the Colorado River has what you are looking for in rafting.

The Grand Canyon is rich is Native American history as well. Many tours are available to explore the historical land marks across the Grand Canyon. The Ancient Pueblo People were the Native American tribe that lived in the Grand Canyon area. In fact the oldest human artifacts were found in the Grand Canyon area of the Pueblo people. Tours are available to explore the areas of the Grand Canyon where you can see the ancient ruins of how these people lived literally in the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon is certainly one of the top places to go on a vacation in America. The views are amazing, and there is something for everyone to do on the trip. You can choose to relax away and see the sunrises and sunsets at the Grand Canyon or have a wild vacation full of whitewater rafting and hiking. Whichever your style, a trip to the Grand Canyon is a must if you love to things out of the ordinary.

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