The Grand Canyon is unique; there’s nowhere else quite like it. And every year, millions of visitors – including me – are amazed by its sheer magnificence.
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. Each time I go there, I see something new. The Grand Canyon is an exhilarating, inspirational place and I’m always enthusiastic about visiting – I never know what I’m going to find!
The 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’s so immense, it’s almost overwhelming.
That’s one of the main reasons why organized Grand Canyon trips are so terrific. The National Park is immense, and with all the things to see and do there, Grand Canyon tours are the best way to go.
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. Visitors at this rim are also able to take a ‘copter down to the bottom and then embark on a smooth-water rafting trip. The South Rim is a little different and is mainly known for its spectacular natural scenery.
Both rims offer more than enough to keep you busy. You’ll probably visit the rim that’s closest to where you’re starting from, but how much time and money you have available might also affect your choice. Grand Canyon tours to the West Rim are convenient for travelers coming from Las Vegas because the rim is only 120 miles away. People coming from Scottsdale, Phoenix or Sedona, Arizona usually take trips to the South Rim because it’s closer. That rim is almost 300 miles away from Vegas.
You’ll see several options when you look into canyon tours. Trip 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. Air-only flights are a popular choice. 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.
Canyon tours by bus are relatively cheap, and the motor coaches they use are comfortable and designed for sightseeing. Bus tours are convenient, too, because most include free shuttle service at the Vegas Strip hotels.
Many travelers choose airplane tours because the views are amazing and the flights don’t need to take all day. The time-savings can be important if you’re coming from Las Vegas, because you’ll probably want to do a lot of things while you’re staying there.
Organized Grand Canyon tours are the best way to see the wonders of the National Park. They’re also cheaper than many people think, especially if you book your trip on the Internet. Don’t miss out on what could be the experience of a lifetime!