Editor’s Choice: The Grand Canyon

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. As we close this week’s theme, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we choose our favourite out of all of them. 

But how could one possibly choose just one out of over a thousand breathtaking places? It was a tough choice to make. But Arizona came to mind out of nowhere, and it turns out that choice wasn’t so tough after all. 

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon National Park – literally living up to its name. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been here not one, but two times in the course of my existence – first in 2007 and then in 2013. 

Located in the state of Arizona in the United States, The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most visited national parks in America. Having said that, the park can get pretty packed on most days. It stretches out to 445 kilometres in length and is up to 30 kilometres wide. That’s bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island!

This spectacular gorge was actually carved by the Colorado River and a 2012 study revealed that this begun as far back as 70 million years ago. Fun fact: although the Colorado River resides in the Canyon, it’s still within the state of Arizona.

Colorado River, Grand Canyon

As mentioned by UNESCO, The Grand Canyon is among “the earth’s greatest on-going geological spectacles”. Visitors are often caught off guard by its magnitude just as I was, and it will definitely leave you speechless. In 1979, Grand Canyon was designated a World Heritage Site. 

Viewpoint at North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

This viewpoint, where most visitors take a stop at, offers a wonderful panorama of the North Rim of the Canyon. Due to its vastness, the park has a broad elevation change. This causes fluctuating temperatures in the Grand Canyon, which you may experience during your visit. For instance, the weather at the North Rim is more chilly, while the South Rim region tends to have a more dry, and tropical climate.

A series of vast and endless canyons stood before me, and I was in complete awe. Amidst the chaos – the hundreds of people trying to take that perfect “Instagram selfie” and tourists at every corner, there was a calm that filled the air. I couldn’t believe that I was standing before such a stunning landscape. I may have been much younger than I am now when I visited the Grand Canyon, but it was a therapeutic experience for me nonetheless.

When you’re surrounded by a goddess of nature such as this, you’ll suddenly feel so small. The Grand Canyon National Park is more than just a view; or a landscape, but it’s an entire experience in itself. I’d love to go back and explore the Canyon in more depth; go beyond the viewpoint to discover the diversity it has to offer. You know what they say – third time’s a charm.

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