7 Natural Wonders The Grand Canyon USA

7 Natural Wonders: The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

By on February 27, 2015

Visiting the Grand Canyon was an absolute highlight of my cross-country USA trip with Topdeck Travel. This was my very first visit to any of the National Parks in the USA AND the Grand Canyon was checked off for me as number two out of Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Our Topdeck Travel tour guide made our very first viewing of the natural wonder of the world a very special moment, by giving us each a brochure to cover our eyes and on the count of three remove them to reveal one of the most spectacular, amazing, jaw-dropping and magnificent first sightings of the canyon.

IMG_4156

What makes it one of the Seven Natural Wonders?

The Grand Canyon is recognized as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World due to the overall scale and size of the canyon, combined with the beautifully coloured landscape. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446km) long and up to 18 miles (29km) wide with one of the deepest gorges on Earth with an average depth of one mile (1.6km). I think the view itself of the Grand Canyon is enough to make it a natural wonder in my eyes!

Location

The Grand Canyon is located in the Grand Canyon National Park in the state of Arizona in North America created by the wind and water erosion from the Colorado River. The first European to see the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas from Spain in 1540 during a search for the seven “gold” cities of Cibola. However, Native Americans were already familiar with the canyon for thousands of years!

IMG_4213

3 Ways To View The Grand Canyon (AND get some great photos!)

There are a multitude of viewpoints of the Grand Canyon, and there is certainly not enough time to do all of them in one trip, so I am going to share three with you that I did on my cross-country USA tour:

1. Mather Point – South Rim

IMG_4164

The South Rim is the most popular tourist spot for viewing The Grand Canyon. During the Summer months you will find the South Rim to be quite crowded with tourists and their cameras, all wanting to capture that perfect Grand Canyon photo!

IMG_4187 IMG_4179 IMG_4185 IMG_4156

2. Papago Point – Viewpoint from South Rim

IMG_3706

Papago Point is one of the other viewpoints from the South Rim and is a bit of an adventure! You will need to be prepared for steep drops, narrow trails and scaling the side of the canyon! Although a little difficult, the views of the Grand Canyon well and truly make up for it! Another bonus is there are not many tourists at this viewpoint!

IMG_3702 IMG_3704 IMG_3707IMG_3706 IMG_3716 IMG_3713

3. By air – The Best Way to View The Grand Canyon!

Viewing The Grand Canyon by helicopter was one of the optionals on my cross-country USA tour, and seeing as I had previously seen the Victoria Falls by helicopter, I thought why not?! (I can see a seven natural wonders by helicopter theme emerging here!). Flying over the Grand Canyon is definitely the best way to see it! Here are some of my helicopter flight photos!

What flight company did I fly with?

I flew with Maverick Helicopters and highly recommend the company! We had a fabulous pilot who not only took us on a great flight, but was an excellent tour guide!

IMG_4190

How much does it cost?

I purchased a 45-50 minute flight called the “Canyon Spirit” from the South Rim which cost me about $274 USD. Maverick Helicopters takes you over the beautiful Kaibab National Forest and to some of the most spectacular views of the entire canyon.

Here are a selection of photos I took on the helicopter flight:

IMG_4312 IMG_4310

IMG_4221IMG_4233 IMG_4208 IMG_4195 IMG_4278 IMG_4225 IMG_4192 IMG_4240 IMG_4224 IMG_4223 IMG_4277 IMG_4257 IMG_4267 IMG_4268 IMG_4289

Here is a quick video by Maverick Helicopters of what may be your future flight!

Want More Information?

1. National Geographic: Top 10 Lookout Points of the Grand Canyon

2. Canyon Plaza Resort blog: South Rim Viewpoints

3. Maverick Helicopters: Canyon Spirit Flight

Share your thoughts

1. Check out my other 7 Natural Wonders post about Victoria Falls!

2. Have you been on a flight over the Grand Canyon before? What was your favourite spot to view the Grand Canyon?

 

TAGS
RELATED POSTS
4 Comments
  1. lesvoyagesdumonde

    February 27, 2015

    Love this! The Grand Canyon truly is a great natural wonder. Will have to check out these resources!

    • Bec

      February 27, 2015

      Thanks! I completely agree with you, the Grand Canyon is just jaw-dropping and very spectacular! I have literally never seen anything like it! It was such an amazing experience, especially being able to fly over it and also through the canyon itself! Definitely the best way to see it up close! 🙂

  2. Christina Guan

    February 27, 2015

    Great photos! I visited the Grand Canyon a long time ago when I was young, so I think I was too bratty to appreciate it. I’ll definitely have to go back (and ride a helicopter this time mwahaha).

    • Bec

      February 28, 2015

      Thanks! haha you definitely will have to return, it is so beautiful! The helicopter ride was so worth it!!! Do it!

Comments are closed.

Bec
Sydney, AUS

Welcome to The World As Bec Sees It, a travel blog about a Sydney school teacher who believes you can have the best of both worlds; a career that you love AND the time to travel the world!

Search site…
Follow me on Instagram!
Categories
Follow me on Bloglovin’
Follow