My 12-year-old son and I just returned from a weeklong trip to the Grand Canyon.
Wow. Words can’t describe the immense size and awesome beauty of the canyon. You have to see it – trust me.
I understand if you’re skeptical. A big hole in the ground? What’s so cool about that? It’s incredibly cool.
Even Connor, who normally is impressed only by the latest video game, was blown away by the Grand Canyon
“It’s so much bigger than I expected,” he said.
I’ve never seen a natural wonder that has impressed me more. I’ve visited majestic mountains and stunning beaches. But neither compare to the vastness and richness of the canyon. Observe it at different times of the day, and the vibrant colors change dramatically.
Connor and I stayed in our travel trailer inside the national park. I’d recommend staying in the park because you’re so close to the canyon itself. If you don’t have a camper, you can stay in lodges or cabins.
A worldwide attraction
Be prepared for crowds. It’s an international destination. In fact, we saw more tourists from other countries than from the U.S. I took pictures of several foreigners at their request, and they took pictures of me and Connor.
Not surprisingly, the Grand Canyon is listed as one of a dozen must-see destinations for kids in this travel article.
“One of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world,” it calls the canyon. “Kids will be awe-struck not only by the size of the canyon (277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep), but also the sense of time conveyed by the layers of colored rock.”
I’m a firm believer that kids need to see natural wonders. Yes, it’s good to take them to fun places such as Disney World and educational places such as major cities and renowned museums.
But natural wonders – such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, for instance – affects kids in much different ways. Kids (and adults) feel a sense of the magnitude and wonder of nature, as opposed to man-made creations. We all need a reality check at times. We’re not so awesome, after all. And our problems aren’t so big.
Viewing the Grand Canyon reminded me that I’m about the size of a grain of sand in the whole of creation. Did this sensation depress me? No, it made me grateful that I could exist in the same universe with spectacular natural creations that leave people speechless.
Do yourself a favor. Do your kids a favor. Visit the Grand Canyon soon.
I may see you there. It was so awe-inspiring that I plan to visit several more times. And Connor will gladly put down his video games to see it again.