The Grand Canyon is simply amazing; there is no place like it on the earth. Every year, millions of people visit the canyon to be awed by its immense size and sheer beauty.
I’ve made a lot of trips to Grand Canyon National Park, and I’m always glad I did. There’s just something special about the place that makes travelers want to come back. Every time you go, you see something new. 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 formed as the Colorado River gradually carved it out of solid rock. 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’s one of the main reasons why organized Grand Canyon trips are so terrific. The Grand Canyon National Park is huge, and there are so many interesting things to do and see; a guided tour is one sure way to make sure you can do it all.
The South Rim and the West Rim are the two areas where tourists most often visit. Some points you don’t want to miss on the West Rim include the Indian Cultural Center, Hualapai Ranch, and the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk where you can walk out over the canyon on a glass bridge. 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 no less awesome, but the main attraction there is the scenic vistas.
Whichever one you choose there will be plenty to keep you busy and entertained. Chances are you will visit the rim that is closest to you, but your budget for money and time will affect your choice too. The West Rim is approximately 120 miles from Las Vegas, so that is the ideal location for vacationers to the Strip. If you are staying in Sedona, Phoenix, or Scottsdale, Arizona, then you will be closer to the South Rim. That rim is almost 300 miles away from Vegas.
As you look at the various canyon tours, you will see you have many choices to make. 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 tour is a little different, but they are all spectacular and will give you the chance to see some amazing rock formations.
The most thrilling tours would have to be the helicopter rides. A lot of people choose the air-only flights, and they are great fun. 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). Once you’re at the bottom, you can take a smooth-water rafting trip, enjoy a picnic lunch, or simply walk around and see the sights.
Grand Canyon trips by bus are relatively cheap, and the motor coaches they use are comfortable and designed for sightseeing. Most of the bus tours will pick you up at your hotel on the Vegas strip and take you back home.
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.