I have never been to the Grand Canyon, but I've always wanted to. After this Guest Post, I REALLY want to go!
The Grand Canyon is one of America's most impressive sights, with the Colorado river cutting its way through the red Arizona soil and rock as runnels and rivulets turn into chasms. You can see all this as part of a detailed tour of the canyon and surrounding area.
The Grand Canyon takes up a vast swath of Arizona, measuring 18 miles across at its widest point and continuing on for 277 miles. But it is not the two dimensional measurements of the canyon that make it so impressive, but the addition of a third dimension: depth.
At some points the river has dug more than a mile into the earth, giving you views of drops that fall thousands of feet and producing some of the most dramatic geography you will see anywhere on earth.
While European explorers did not discover the wonders of the canyon until the 16th century, it had been home to Native American tribes for centuries before. Now modern visitors flock in their thousands each year to experience the canyon for themselves, with fresh eyes renewing its wonders.
There are a variety of Grand Canyon tours that are suitable for most people, from family groups to those who are on activity holidays for singles.
If you visit the national park in which it is located then you will get a good view from the ground. However, the canyon is best experienced from the air and it is easy to include a helicopter tour in your holiday package. You can get to vantage points that provide you with a look at the various elements of the canyon at its majestic best and the speed and range of a helicopter means that you can see as much as possible in a relatively short amount of time.
Of course another great way to see the Grand Canyon requires that you go on foot and travel down into its bowels without the aid of a powered vehicle. There are various hiking tours which you can join, taking in scenic routes that will reveal a personal experience of the canyon and also give you a good deal of exercise in the process.
Many people who tour the Grand Canyon also choose to see some of the other attractions that are available in the same area. You might want to visit the sand blasted pillars of Monument Valley and take in the bright lights of Las Vegas in order to wring the most out of your trip.
There are plenty of extra activities you can add to a tour of the region, including horseback riding that will make you feel like a real cowboy or a guided backroads journey conducted along paths used by Native Americans in years long since gone.
However you decide to see the Grand Canyon, it is imperative that those who visit Arizona do not miss it off their schedules. It is a monument to the power of nature and its ability to sculpt works of art that are unmatched in terms of scale or beauty.
Paul Chester is a freelance writer and blogger who regularly contributes articles on travel, art and a range of other topics to sites and publications that require his services. He recommends Grand Canyon tours and activity holidays for singles who want to mingle with people of similar backgrounds.