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A steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona.

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A must see & a must DO!

  • Oct 3, 2011
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Don't pass up the Grand Canyon. The drive might be a pain and the thought of the Arizona heat might draw you away, but this is a place that I will definitely be headed to frequently for the rest of my life. It seems like no other natural wonder near southern California can be worth making the drive to other than the Grand Canyon. The beauty is beyond anything that I can write here. No matter how many photos or videos you have seen of the canyon, everybody remembers how they felt when they saw it for the first time. That first turn while you're still in the car, that first step onto the viewing platform, that first break you take while walking down to the bottom. The Grand Canyon hits you! It demands a high level of acknowledgement that this is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth, and it knows it. 

My family went on a backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon last month, one that we prepared about three months for. It was an awesome trip and I highly recommend it. It's not for everybody -- the 10 mile hike is excruciating in terrain and its actually very dangerous if you're not prepared. But it's worth it. Not many people can say that they've been to the bottom. Most people do the tourist thing and spend a day at the top of the rim and take photos. I suggest you really get into it and plan a trip on one of the three trails to the river. I had such a great time, I plan on doing this again as soon as next year. 

A few things you need to know about the GC. The park itself is in the middle of nowhere. You'll see the village about 10 miles before the entrance. Stop here and get changed, enjoy a nice meal or do anything you have to do on your cell phone. Once you enter the park, reception is very limited. I thought we would have service while in the park, but you lose it even before getting to the gate. The park is huge, so get all of your questions answered at the gate about where you're going. 

The cost of entering is not that bad. It's $25 for an entire car, so when carpooling, try to get as many people in the car as possible so it's cheaper. 

Last but not least, my favorite part of the trip is how quiet it is in the canyon. During a water break, my family had a moment where for once, nobody was talking and we were all swept by how beautiful the silence in the canyon gets. It's kind of weird explaining it - you'll have to experience it in person. We also encountered a thunderstorm on our hike back up, it wasn't that bad and the weather actually worked in our favor with some clouds and shade to help with the sun. So if you see rain on the forecast of your trip, don't stress it too much -- rain in the canyon is very, very beautiful. 


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October 03, 2011
I've been to the Southern and Northern rim, but never down into the canyon itself. I agree with you 100% that this is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
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Quick Tip by . April 20, 2011
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I'd been planning to hit up the Grand Canyon for ages and finally had the excuse a couple of years back when I drove our car from Texas to California. While I was only able to justify an overnight stay (try explaining $200/night hotels to your spouse for a roadtrip they're not on), it was a great primer for some future visit where I'll stretch the experience into a few days. Needless the say, the Grand Canyon isn't "just a canyon", contrary to an overhead review from a iPod-ready …
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It's been claimed as the place where one sees God. It's also where I hope my resting place shall one day be!
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The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.

Longstanding scientific consensus has been that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a six million year period. The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km) (6000 feet). Nearly two billion years of the Earth's geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. The "canyon began in the west, followed by another that formed in the east. Eventually, the two broke through and met as a single majestic rent in the earth some six million years ago. [...] The merger apparently occurred where the river today bends to the west, in the area known as the Kaibab Arch."

Before European immigration, the area was inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon ("Ongtupqa" in Hopi language) a holy site and made pilgrimages to it. The first European known to have viewed the ...

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