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Hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is like no other place the the world; a natural wonder that every American should try to see in their life. In my experience, nothing has compared to the body-encompassing feeling that took over me as I peered out into the vast desert below: the gigantic peaks and deep valleys, the spectrum of rich colors, the layers of igneous rock formations. Mother Nature has a way of grabbing you by the heartstrings and never leaving you quite the same again. This was one of those times.



After stocking up on the necessities—sunblock, snacks and lots of water—I spent an afternoon hiking the canyon’s south rim down a steep, winding and quite narrow-at-times trail that provided unparalleled views and endless photo ops. The sheer magnitude of the canyon can never be accurately depicted in pictures or by words. It has to be seen with your own eyes, and felt with your own soul. Experience of a lifetime.



Megan Murphy traveled on Contiki’s Western Highlights tour as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Megan’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.
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Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA