grand canyon: is it really grand?

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Before seeing the Grand Canyon, we really had no expectation and without sounding sarcastic… “How grand can it really be?”


In our original post about this trip, we described that the Grand Canyon is magnificently enormous. And honestly after seeing it with our own eyes, we can confirm that it really is GRAND.

According to UNESCO*, the national park contains more than 2,600 documented prehistoric ruins, untouched until about 1860s. There are 5 life and vegetation zones within the canyon, with over 1,000 species of identified plants.

The Grand Canyon is a gorge, carved out by the Colorado River, millions of years ago. It is approximately 1.5km deep and 450 km long. And honestly, looking out at it, the canyon seems to go on forever! Great times to witness the  canyon are during sunrise and sunset when the colours of the canyon change before your eyes.

Words can simply not describe what we could see. Photographs doesn’t do it justice. Witnessing the natural beauty in front of us reminded us what a wonderful world that we live in!

There are times when places are “talked up” and don’t really live to their name or reputation. But here at the Grand Canyon, we certainly were not disappointed! Go see it for yourself, if you haven’t already!

Unfortunately, we didn’t go on a helicopter ride over the canyon, as what we have heard is only gushing reviews about seeing it that way.

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Grand Canyon National Park was listed as a

UNESCO Heritage site in 1979.

To see the other UNESCO sites we have visited,

visit our unofficial bucket list

* Ref: The World’s Heritage – the best-selling guide to the most extraordinary places (UNESCO Publishing 2011)

25 thoughts on “grand canyon: is it really grand?

    poppytump said:
    April 4, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Gorgeous photos ! And yes ’tis Grand we loved it … would like to return as no doubt most would after having visited .

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Yes absolutely a place worth visiting again!!

      Thanks for visiting our blog 🙂

    thebritishberliner said:
    April 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    These photos remind me of the good time we had. We thought that the Grand Canyon was fantastic. We drove from one rim to the other in order to “catch” the sunlight and we did. It was amazing so much so, that everyone grew really quiet. There was also a lot of emotional sniffles going on including from myself! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      It is quite a beautiful sight – reminding of the beauty if the world around us!
      Thanks so much for reading and visiting out blog – hope you are well 🙂

        thebritishberliner said:
        April 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

        It was my pleasure. You’re doing good work here. I hope to catch up more with you LOL! And yes, we’re well and looking forwarding to hitting the mini road!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          April 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm

          Awww – thanks for the compliment! Enjoy your trip. Stay in touch 🙂

    sueslaght said:
    March 30, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Such a fantastic spot. We ratted the Colorado through the canyon. A trip of a lifetime!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Wow!!! Now that would have been incredible. We wished we had a bit more time to see more of the canyon – so we HAVE to go back one day. Thanks for reading and for commenting 🙂

    Louise said:
    March 28, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Looks and sounds awesome! You post reminds me that I want to visit it one day.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 28, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Hi Louise, we hope you do get there one day! It’s somewhere we are so glad we did visit! Thanks for swinging by our blog and commenting 🙂

    nancymoss1 said:
    March 27, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    WOW!! maybe you can be our tour guides next time!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 29, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Not sure about being tours guides but we definitely hope there is a “next time” for us 🙂

    andyarticles said:
    March 27, 2014 at 6:44 am

    The only place in America I would like to see….

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 27, 2014 at 6:57 am

      Make sure you get there one day! It’s simply surreal seeing it with our own eyes! We want to go back there for more 🙂

      Savvy Kenya (@savvykenya) said:
      March 27, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Me too! Oh that and the The Empire State Building.

        wisemonkeysabroad responded:
        March 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm

        USA has so much to see, we are always impressed when we go! 🙂

    PonderTheIrrelevant said:
    March 27, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Beautiful photos!! A lot of “attractions” don’t always live up to expectations, but the Grand Canyon definitely does (a nice surprise)! 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 27, 2014 at 6:11 am

      Thank you!!! Yep, Grand Canyon lives up to its name 🙂

    Ayla said:
    March 27, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Looks incredible but I can only imagine how much more amazing it would be when you see it in person. Great pics and love the different colours as the sun changes 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 27, 2014 at 6:10 am

      It is so amazing! When we walked to the rim, we just were blown away at the size!!! We want to go back and spend more time there 🙂

    disappearingwoman said:
    March 26, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Such beautiful pictures! Sadly, I haven’t made it to the Grand Canyon, but I’m sure once my husband retires, here in a few years, it will be one of our travel destinations. Great post! 🙂

    dianaroggenbuckebrown said:
    March 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    The photos are great. It really does look grand. (I keep waiting to see Thelma and Louise driving off the edge every time I see the Grand Canyon lol).

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks for commenting and complimenting 🙂
      Hahah!! Nope, we definitely didn’t see Thelma or Louise 😉

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