"Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, and for all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American... should see"-Theodore Roosevelt
A month ago I was lucky enough to visit The Grand Canyon. Words cannot describe what it's like to witness it. Photos do not do it justice and cannot convey how vast, unique and simply spectacular it is. What really struck me was how visible all the different layers of rock were. They are all in neat straight lines, building upon each other and displaying billions of years of history to the naked eye. Indeed, the rocks at the bottom are 1.7-2 billion years old. It's hard to comprehend isn't it? We visited the south rim and got the free shuttle bus along the red route to the end, Hermit's Rest. We then walked along the rim, heading slowly back to the village until sunset, where we sat down on the edge, simply watching it go down.
There's a number of really nice restaurants at The Grand Canyon, all very reasonably priced as well, which surprised us. We had a lovely dinner (although understandably had to wait a little while for a table as everyone had the same idea when the sun went down!). By the time we made our way back to the car, all the stars were out, and the sky was so clear that we could see the milky way. Amazing- especially for my science mad fiancé!
We stayed in Williams, a city about an hour's drive away. There wasn't much there: a few shops, restaurants (we had a lovely Thai meal) and a stretch of the old Route 66 which was interesting to see. Another place to stay if you're visiting The Grand Canyon is Flagstaff, which is about an hour and twenty minutes away.
It took my fiancé and I a long time to save up to get there, but it was worth double every penny. If you can save, I urge you to visit it, it truly is a sight and experience of a lifetime.