Grand Canyon

 

The Grand Canyon in the United States counts as one of the nation’s most popular destinations for both American and foreign visitors – and for good reasons, too. The surreal, almost out-of-this-world landscapes are an enduring reminder of both the beauty and incredible power of nature. Many visitors describe an overwhelming sensation upon seeing the canyon, while others consider a visit to this place as a humbling experience.

The beauty of Grand Canyon is that it appeals to all ages. Visitors troop to this place for all sorts of reason: for leisure, for educational purposes, to cross it out from a personal bucket list of sorts, and to have some time to think. But no matter the reason, a trip to the canyon is bound to become an experience worth remembering.

Shaped in large part by the mighty Colorado River, the Grand Canyon measures 277 miles long and 18 miles wide. It is the product of various natural forces, including changes in elevation, power of oncoming water, and volcanic eruptions that happened over millions of years.

Kane County in Utah is often dubbed as the Gateway to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The North Rim is 8,000 feet above sea level. It is a little far as opposed to the more accessible South Rim, but less crowds mean a more personal experience and greater chances for solitude.

Bright Angel Point is the best spot in the North Rim to take a view of the Grand Canyon.

Cape Royal is where you go to get a view of the Colorado River, while Point Imperial is the highest point in the park

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Visitors to the Grand Canyon have a lot of different activities to choose from. Among these activities include hiking along unique trails and taking part in whitewater rafting. If you want to get a better sense of what you are seeing, taking a guided tour is your best bet. For a totally different view of the canyon, there are a handful of companies that offer flightseeing tours. Looking down at the Grand Canyon and seeing the expansiveness of the entire place is an experience that is at once exciting and humbling.

If you want to get closer to the Colorado River, one of the principal forces that shaped the Grand Canyon, you can take a unique ride atop a mule. And since there is no light pollution within the immediate surroundings, the Grand Canyon is also the perfect spot for stargazing.

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