There's a reason nearly 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon every single year – it's absolutely amazing. With its 1-mile deep drop and mind-blowing views, the canyon is an unmissable once-in-a-lifetime experience – trust us, the truth is that no matter how many stats you hear about its size or pictures you see, there's nothing like being there in person.
Sure, if you head to the USA on a trek, you'll want to hit at least some of its most happening cities, but let's not forget how awesome the country's natural wonders are. And as a bonus, they provide perfect selfie opportunities!
The star of the landscape in Arizona, the Canyon is the place of dreams for Instagram addicts and outdoor adventurers alike. Natural wonders just don't get any more awesome – but what's the best way to explore the canyon? We recommend doing something a bit different and aiming for the maximum thrill factor – check out some of our favourite options below.
North Rim Trail
If you're enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience, chances are you'll be looking to find some things that most don't. So, get away from the more touristy side of the Grand Canyon and head towards the North Rim.
This area is less tourist-friendly in terms of the terrain and facilities available, but it's still seriously spectacular. And in reality, the fact that it's a bit lacking on the facilities front means it's got a more authentic atmosphere. Plus, the rugged terrain makes for a challenging enough trail to keep you on your toes. Trust us when we say you and your fellow trekkers won't want to leave!
Of course, you're going to want to get some truly epic snaps – how else will you make everyone back home jealous? So, get yourself over to Bright Angel Point, where you'll find the best views. Here, you can look down on Roaring Springs, the only water to be found on the North Rim, or go towards the 8,803-foot Point Imperial to see this side of the canyon from its highest point – utterly awesome. Your Instagram account will thank you for it later!
Colorado River rafting
Time to crank it up a notch, get the adrenaline pumping and see the Grand Canyon from a whole new angle. The Colorado River actually carved the canyon itself over thousands of years, and you can get in the heart of the action as you head into the water with your fellow Trekkers to tackle the rapids.
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Not feeling that confident? Don't worry, no-one expects you to be a pro with an oar, so we're not going to cut you free without any backing. Plus, plenty of other people will be in the same boat (no pun intended!).
That said, if you fancy a serious thrill, the western end of the river is the place for real daredevils. This is where you can feel the full force of Mother Nature; hold tight, because you're in for quite a ride! And remember to take a change of clothes... you're about to get very wet.
Grand Canyon by helicopter
An equally awesome but totally different way to experience the Grand Canyon is with a helicopter tour. No, these aren't cheap, but yes, they are worth it. Not only do you get incredible views over the canyon, but you get the unique thrill of flying in a helicopter; if you've only been on commercial planes before, you'll have to trust us when we say it's a completely different (and way better – provided you have a head for heights!) experience.
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You can get chopper tours from the canyon itself, or from Vegas – whichever fits in best with your tour plans. It's worth roping in a few of your fellow trekkers to go with you – this is one experience you're going to want to talk about again and again!
If you want to experience one of the most extreme places in the world – no matter where you head to in the Grand Canyon, there will be something amazing to see!