Words cannot describe just incredible the area is. Pictures don’t do it justice at all. But I suppose that’s why the Grand Canyon is called the Grand Canyon, right?
It is been on my bucket list since forever to go to the Grand Canyon, situated in the state of Arizona, carved out by the Colorado River. But I’d never had the chance to go, despite being close in Las Vegas before, many years ago. So whilst planning out a 5-week long trip to travel around the States, I made it a priority to visit.
That moment, seeing the Canyon for the very first time in front of you, is indescribable. With its jaggered red rocks, freckled with different shades, is stunning. All different sizes of rock cover the landscape, spanning as far as the eye can see, as you stare out in wonder. The scenery is beautiful, the red rocks blending in with shades of green from trees and plants, as well as all the different wildfire that you come across.
The size of the Grand Canyon is enormous, 277km long to be precise; if you decide to take a helicopter tour, you’ll still only see about a third of the Canyon itself. It’s impossible to really comprehend just how big the Canyon is or even just how small you are.
Staying in the national park as well was a truly incredible experience. Situated just a one mile walk from the South Rim, the Yavapai Lodge is the perfect place to stay. Comfortable rooms and a general store nearby – complete with very tasty pizza from the store’s market – all make for a great stay. Just be prepared to be off the grid whilst in the national park; phone signal is non existent and WiFi is very limited. But sometimes being off the grid is exactly what you need.
If you’re staying overnight in the Grand Canyon, then be sure to set your alarm early and catch the sunrise; it’s unlike any sunrise you’ll ever see. Watching the sun’s first light peek over the different shapes of rock, beautiful strong colours covering the entire sky, is mind-blowing. The early wake-up call is well worth it for the sight you’ll see.
Being in the Canyon and seeing the national beauty that the world has to offer is really one of the great wonders.
It’s not called the Grand Canyon for just any reason after all.