The Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing and unique sights on earth. Millions of people flock to the canyon each year to me mesmerized by its immense size and spectacular scenery.
I’ve made a lot of trips to Grand Canyon National Park, and I’m always glad I did. The canyon is such a special and magical place to visit, people just can’t wait to return. Each trip will hold new surprises and awesome sights to behold. The Grand Canyon is truly an inspirational and awe-inspiring place to visit, plus, you never know what you will see!
The Grand Canyon was gouged out of solid rock by the waters of the Colorado River. At 18 miles wide, 277 miles long and a mile deep, it took the river hundreds of millions of years. The canyon is so huge, it is almost difficult to imagine.
That is partly why guided Grand Canyon excursions are such a good idea. The park is just so big and there are so many sights to see, that a tour is the surest way to take in all the high points.
The Park’s most popular areas are the West and South Rims. The West Rim is where you’ll find several exciting experiences, including the famous Glass Bridge (the Grand Canyon Skywalk), the Indian Cultural Center, and Hualapai Ranch. This is where you can ride a helicopter down to the canyon floor; there you can take a boat ride down the Colorado River. The South Rim is a little different and is mainly known for its spectacular natural scenery.
Whichever one you choose there will be plenty to keep you busy and entertained. Your budget, time allotment, and distance to the rims all play a part in deciding where you will go. The West Rim is approximately 120 miles from Las Vegas, so that is the ideal location for vacationers to the Strip. People coming from Scottsdale, Phoenix or Sedona, Arizona usually take Grand Canyon excursions to the South Rim because it’s closer. But if you are in Vegas, you will be 300 miles from the South Rim.
You’ll see several options when you look into Grand Canyon trips. Grand Canyon tour operators offer trips by helicopter (landing and air-only), bus, and airplane. Which type you choose will probably depend on your available funds and how much time you have available. Each type of Grand Canyon tour has its advantages, although you’d see magnificent geological formations during all of them.
Helicopter tours, for example, are exciting and exhilarating. The air-only flights are simply an experience you will always remember. But, if you’ll be visiting the West Rim, I strongly suggest that you choose a tour that lands on the canyon floor (unfortunately, this option isn’t possible at the South Rim). When you get to the bottom of the canyon, you can hike around and see the rocks up-close, enjoy a picnic, or even get on a raft and float down the Colorado River.
Bus tours to the Grand Canyon are more affordable, although the buses are made especially for sightseeing and are quite comfortable. As a free service, many of the bus tours will pick you up and drop you off at your Las Vegas hotel.
Some people would rather take airplane tours; the flights are quicker and the views are incredible. If you are vacationing in Vegas and have a full itinerary, you will appreciate being able to squeeze in a tour of the Grand Canyon by airplane that doesn’t take much of your time.
Organized Grand Canyon tours are the best way to see the wonders of the National Park. They can be surprisingly affordable, especially if you use an internet discount when you book online. If you are ever close to the Grand Canyon, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to see a sight you will remember for the rest of your life.