Either you are a nature and landscape lover or a chic city-type person, you absolutely must visit the Grand Canyon. At least once in your life…
Without exaggeration, the Grand Canyon is huge. It literally blows your mind. Standing on a rim of the canyon gives you a feeling of being small and insignificant, the same kind of sensation that you experience standing in front of an ocean and observing its incredibly powerful waves. With its impressive size of 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide, one of the seven natural wonders of the world is named the most popular attraction in Arizona.
It took more than two billion years for the Colorado River, the single most important creator and designer of the Grand Canyon, to cut through layer of rocks of the uplifted Colorado Plateau to shape the famous rock walls, trenches and chasms.
Debating on the options where to go and start your journey, you might want to consider going to either East or West Rims of the canyon. Despite all hype associated with the Grand Canyon East Rim, we chose to venture to its less commercially developed West Rim. Our decision was primarily based on the travel time from Los Angeles to our destination. About 5 hours of driving to the West Rim looked more appealing than 7 to 8 hours to the East Rim. Even our little munchkin completely agreed on it (though we still had to stop a few times along the way to let him get out of a dreadful car seat and stretch his legs and arms).
Located within the Hualapai Tribal Reservation, the West Rim entices nearly a million visitors a year. With three main attractions available, the tourists take great pleasure in admiring natural beauty of ancient rock formations, taking ample amount of pictures with the famous Eagle Point in the background, hiking to an old mining station at Guano Point, first-handedly experiencing Western town while staying in Hualapai Ranch cabins, and walking on a glass Skywalk bridge – the climax of the journey. If you let me share my opinion, I would say that any of these activities would bring you tons of joy and happiness. But please do not take my words as an indisputable fact. Take a look at these pictures and be your own judge.
HERE ARE 20 PICTURES TO INSPIRE YOU TO VISIT THE GRAND CANYON WEST RIM: