Day Trips from Las Vegas: A Guide to the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is located in the United States of America in the State of Arizona and is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon is 277miles long and ranges in width from 4 to 18miles and has a depth of more than a mile. The Grand Canyon is within the Grand Canyon National Park and is one of the world’s top natural attractions, reeling in a whooping five million visitors per year.


You can do many things at the Grand Canyon, even if you have just a few hours to explore it. You have to get out there to really be able to say you have seen the Grand Canyon. For starters and the casual sightseeing, head for the South Rim which is home to several historical buildings like the Kolb Studio, the Desert View Watchtower and the Grand Canyon Railway Depot. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is also another fantastic option for those who want to make the most out of their visit. The horse-shaped glass walkway stands at 1,200m in height above the floor of the canyon and allows you a great view into the main canyon.


Take a trip down to the floor of the valley by foot, mule back or by raft from upriver or take a hike throughout the Grand Canyon, a great way to see the park. Most visitors begin and end their hikes at the south rim. Long hikes await you with changes in elevation and terrain so be prepared and if you are really unsure but still want to hike nonetheless, get a professional guide to go with you to make sure your trip is a memorable one, instead of you hiking with the thought in your head swearing never to do this again.


For another way to see the Grand Canyon (Without much effort), Go on a Helicopter flight specially for tourists that flies over the Grand Canyon and gives you a remarkable birds eye view of this wonder. The Coconino Canyon Train is also another option for those who want a more laid-back leisurely view of the Canyon. A 90 minute train ride, it originates at the old Grand Canyon Depot and travels 24 miles throughout the landscapes of the canyon.


If you get hungry on your trip to the Grand Canyon, fret not for there are quite a few places to eat at from Bright Angel Restaurant and El Tovar Hotel Dining Room (think fine dining) on the South Rim and Café on the Rim and Coffee Saloon located on the North Rim.


Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Las Vegas trips and rentals and USA vacation Rentals.

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