After it being near the top of our USA bucket list for years, we finally got to experience how grand The Grand Canyon really is.
As our time was limited we only had half a day to spend taking in this incredible natural wonder. We opted to travel along the scenic Desert View Drive, at the South Rim of the canyon, stopping off at the view points as we went.
We have already found ourselves wanting to return as there are just so many ways you can explore The Grand Canyon, each giving a unique experience. Here are some different ways you can explore The Grand Canyon…
1. Grand Canyon SkyWalk
Located at the canyons West Rim, this tourist attraction is becoming very popular with visitors from Las Vegas, as it quite the drive for travellers at the South or North Rim. To walk along the SkyWalk it will cost you $79.00 and you are not allowed to take your own personal cameras along with you. Instead you will have to purchase a professional Skywalk photo for $30 each.
2. Hike the Rim Trail
Starting in the village area at the South Rim, this 12 mile hike follows the rim along some of the most spectacular viewpoints to be had anywhere in the Canyon. Don’t let the distance of this hike put you off, there are shuttle stops at various points along the route. You can choose to hike the entire trail, or simply catch the shuttle at any stop you wish.
3. Whitewater Rafting through the Canyon
Why not explore the Grand Canyon from within? Whitewater rafting through The Grand Canyon will give you a completely different view. If you love adventure we highly recommend you try this out as you discover waterfalls, venture through hidden canyons and explore areas most Grand Canyon visitors do not get to see.
4. See the Grand Canyon by Air
To truly see the vastness of The Grand Canyon you need to explore by air. There are a heap of helicopter tours available that will fly you right over the canyon.
5. Havasu Falls
This beautifully photographic waterfall is one we are dying to experience. Havasu Falls is known for its natural pools, created by mineralization. The vibrant blue water contrasts against the striking red rocks of the canyon walls and makes it one of the worlds most beautiful falls. Starting at the Havasupai Indian Reservation, it is about a 10 mile hike to reach the falls. You will need to camp overnight before returning the following day.
Have you visited The Grand Canyon? How did you explore it?
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