This incredible valley almost needs no introduction; located in a national park of the same name, the gorge is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This unbelievable natural sight is certainly something on most people’s bucket lists.
In case you weren’t aware, the valley is 446 kilometres in length, gets to a depth of 1,857 metres and at its widest point, 29 kilometres across. The natural wonder offers breathtaking views and is unlike any other place in the world.
Despite this being a location that many people wish to visit, they are often unsure about what to do when they get there. There are, in fact many different activities that you can do at this beautiful location. Keep reading to find out about some of the best tourist activities.
1. Take a Grand Canyon helicopter ride
The first, and arguably the most incredible experience at the valley is a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. This experience will provide you with the very best views the valley has to offer by allowing you to see a panoramic, bird’s- eye view of the landscape.
Grand Canyon helicopter tours are certainly worth the money and are generally around 40- 50 minutes long. You will be met at the national park’s airport where you will embark on your incredible journey.
This experience will fly you over some of the deepest and most famous areas of the valley, including both the North and South Rims, as well as Dragons Corridor.
Furthermore, you will be provided with headphones which will play audio and allow you to learn about the stunning landscape and its history.
No trip to this incredible location is complete without taking a Grand Canyon helicopter tour.
2. Colorado River rafting
Another incredible experience the natural wonder offers is something that can be done either before or after your Grand Canyon helicopter tour.
The Colorado River is the water that runs through the valley and is actually the reason for its existence. This river actually carved the valley out of the rock over millions of years of erosion.
For any thrill seekers, river rafting is an excellent option. This also allows you to see the valley from a different perspective.
There are a range of parts of the river that you can visit; each offers a slightly different experience. Some areas are rougher, whilst others offer a gentle ride down the water. Regardless of what type of experience you are looking for, there is a river rafting ride for you.
3. Havasu Falls
Undoubtedly one of the most stunning areas that you can visit after your Grand Canyon helicopter tour is Havasu Falls.
This location is essentially a desert oasis that provides visitors with beautiful crystal clear waters and flowing waterfalls. Havasu Falls is a stark contrast to the dry, orange valley backdrop and leaves most visitors breathless.
If you want to see one of the most stunning places in the area, this is certainly the place for you. You will have the opportunity to take incredible photos and swim in the cool clear waters.
4. Visit the village
No trip to the gorge is complete without visiting the village; this is a perfect activity to do either before or after your Grand Canyon helicopter tour.
Not only does this location offer some of the best views of the valley, such as Yavapai Point, but it also allows visitors to learn a bit about the history of the location.
The village allows you to visit the railway and learn about the impact rail had on the gorge and tourism. Furthermore, for those who have an interest in Native American history, Hopi House is a must visit.
Many visitors appreciate the views and convenience of the village as it offers a range of shops and amenities.