The Grand Canyon is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. I’m sure everyone knows where and what it is but if you don’t the Grand Canyon is a massive gorge that was created by the Colorado River. Although, no one knows for sure, theorists have said that it’s between 6 and 70 million years old. That sounds about right to me considering the depth of the canyon.
If I were planning a trip there, what things would I want to be sure to do during my visit. I did some research and here are the top 10 things I would be sure were on my list to be sure to see and do.
Things to see and do
- Take a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway. This historic train takes visitors along the rim of the canyon to view forests, prairies, and of course, canyons. The train departs and stops at the Grand Canyon Village for a day of shopping, canyon viewing, and a Wild-West Themed show. Tickets range from $67 – $219, depending on which train car you choose.
- Travel along Bright Angel Trail by mule. Yes! I’ve always wanted to do this. I never realized all of the restrictions to ride a mule in the canyon. There are age restrictions, weight limits, and even language restrictions. You can choose from a two hour rim ride which costs about $155 per person or overnight which costs over $1000 per person. Whichever you decide, I’m sure it will be an unforgettable experience.
- Havasu Falls – this is currently closed due to COVID but would definitely be a place I would like to see. The pictures look so beautiful with the sky blue water falling over the red rock of the canyon. Breathtaking! It has been noted as one of the most beautiful sights at the Grand Canyon.
- Doesn’t rafting the Colorado River sound like fun? It sure does to me. View the canyon from a different perspective – from the ground up. There are different rafting adventures that you can do. They have some that are on calmer waters while others that are white water rafting on roughing, fast moving water.
- Walking out onto the Grand Canyon Skywalk. This is a large semi-circular bridge that was constructed in 2007. It was built on the side of the canyon jetting out 70 feet and has a completely transparent glass floors so you look down and feel like you are actually suspended in air 4,000 feet above the canyon floor.
- Helicopter canyon tour. I have to admit that I’m a little on the fence with this one but it looks like it would be fun. I can’t even imagine the views, too. My only hesitation is because of the stories of tour helicopters crashing. I know there is risk with everything but this one for some reason really brings me concern. I think in the moment, though, if offered the opportunity, I would go.
- Take a desert Jeep tour. On the tour you are taken down back roads to the most spectacular views of the canyon. The tour guides will also share their knowledge of the wildlife, settlers, and fascinating geology. Out of all of the tours they offer, I would choose the Grand Sunset Tour, hands down. I LOVE sunsets and this would just be the ultimate one. The guide will take you through different areas to reach the best view of the sunset.
- Horseshoe Bend. You have probably seen a picture of this many times but never realized it’s name. It’s an almost circular shape carved out by the Colorado River. There are no barriers on the rim so you can walk right up to the edge and look at the blue water below.
- Kaibab (Black) Suspension Bridge. The bridge was built in 1928 and suspends 60 feet above the Colorado River. It’s one of the few bridges that cross the Colorado river. You have to hike to get there but I’m sure it’s worth the hike.
- Desert View Watchtower – This unusual tower was built out of stone in 1932. It has 85 ascending steps that open to a 360 degree view of the Colorado river and the Painted Desert.
So there you have it. My top ten choices of what I would like to see when I visit. Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? If so, do you have any suggestions on something not on this list and is a must see/do? I’d love to hear and add to my list.