11 Photos to Inspire a Trip to the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

The Grand Canyon was always one of those spots that I wanted to see in the US. I mean, it’s huge. It takes multiple hours to drive from one side of the Canyon to the other. Your brain can’t register the size of it because it seems to go on forever.

Jaw-dropping is one way to describe it. I was mesmerized as soon as I went to the first lookout. I stood there for ages, trying to take it all in, noticing the heavy fog that would roll in within a few minutes and dissipate just as quickly.

There were the subtle desert hues that surrounded me and swallowed me whole, lighting up the canyon in all of its beauty. The chill in the air, reminding me that I was hanging out in an elevation around 7,000 feet.

Last summer I took two separate US road trips, and Grand Canyon National Park was included in one of those. It was easily one of my favorite spots of two months of road trips around my home country.

And I have to say, it was even more impressive than I was expecting. I only had a short time in the area, so I squeezed in part of the steep South Kaibab Trail from the South Rim. The views alone were enough to convince me to make a trip back soon.

My day at the Grand Canyon was a reminder of how beautiful the US can be, a fact that I had forgotten in my years of traveling around foreign countries. The US national parks, especially, are a stunning example of nature at its finest, and I’m glad I was able to experience more of them last summer.

And as an added bonus, it was the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016 so I got into a lot of them for free. These were a few of my favorite photos from that trip.

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

The Grand Canyon in Arizona - USA Travel

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11 Photos to Inspire a Trip to the Grand Canyon

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