The greatness of the Grand Canyon

Nov 07, 12 The greatness of the Grand Canyon

People seem to be preferring exotic vacations more and more, regardless of season or occasion, but if you are one of those people who don’t find a secluded island in the middle of nowhere as exciting and charming as historical places and breath-taking sights, then there are a lot of interesting destinations for you to choose from. The Grand Canyon in the state of Arizona, US, is a perfect example, a place where human history, geography and wild life come together in a flawless combination and create a mesmerizing scene. The Canyon is carved by the Colorado River and it is managed by the Grand Canyon National Park, which also contains it, as well as the Havasupai Tribe and the Hualapai Tribal Nation. The development and preservation of the Grand Canyon was greatly supported by President Theodore Roosevelt, who very much enjoyed hunting on its premises and visiting the sights. Furthermore, the canyon is deemed as one of the seven natural wonders.

 

If you are planning to discover the fascination of this unique place and to experience an astonishing adventure, then make sure you do it right. The Grand Canyon is not just about the wonder of the geological processes that led to its formation and their grandness, which dates as far back as 17 million years ago, it’s about the canyon’s amazing history, the people who inhabited the area and the prints that they left behind. Native Americans settled in the Grand Canyon for thousands of years, living in its caves or building their own settlements, and many of them considered it a holy place, such as the Pueblo people, who even organized pilgrimages to the canyon. The Spanish were the first Europeans to arrive at the site, in 1540, and it was not until the 1800s that other marks were left by European visitors. The more you read about the Grand Canyon and the more informed you are about its history, geography and communities, the higher the excitement of visiting and exploring such a unique place will be.

 

If you worry that such a vacation might turn out boring, don’t! There’s lots for you to do beside sightseeing, although you shouldn’t underestimate the magic and impression of the Grand Canyon. You will most certainly be astonished every time you turn your head around and lay your eyes on a new piece of heaven. However, as mentioned above, there is plenty for you to do, while visiting the Grand Canyon, including hiking, rafting or running, although the most recent trend seems to be helicopter tours. You can escalate high above the Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, on a helicopter adventure that will last approximately 45 minutes, from McCarran International Airport. There are plenty of agencies that arrange these flights and that include transportation to and from all major hotels in Las Vegas, so accessibility is not an issue. You can even choose to walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is a spectacular glass bridge, extending over the West Rim of the canyon.