The Grand Canyon cannot be reduced to simply words and photographs. Regardless, I’m going try anyway. The Grand Canyon is kind of like a series of upside down mountains in that you get a panoramic, beautiful view from your starting elevation. With mountains, you have to climb UP the mountain to see everything. With the GC, you just pull over to the side of the road for phenomenal, expansive views. So it’s like the lazy person’s version of getting great “mountain” views. Woohoo!
Dad and I left Vegas for the Grand Canyon with a car full of cereal bars, Honolulu Cookie Company cookies, peanuts, and 3 oranges. We crossed into Mtn Time and gained about 4500 feet in elevation. It got dark about half-way through our drive, so I couldn’t tell we had gained that much elevation aside from having to equalize my ears once and the seemingly sudden appearance of snow on the side of the road. On our way into Tusayan, where we stayed, I looked out the window and saw SO MANY STARS. Because of Tusayan’s elevation and the fact that it’s Tusayan (aka pop. 550), there was hardly any light pollution. No dull orange on the horizon to outshine the stars. The only other place I’ve seen so many stars is in the Middle of Nowhere (HaMakuya), South Africa. (I say Middle of Nowhere fondly as HaMakuya is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited.)