Just like 99% of the population, ticking the Grand Canyon off my bucket list has always been a dream of mine. So, when I was in Vegas, renting a car and doing a road trip was an absolute must.
Stop #1 : The Hoover Dam
As I was approaching the Hoover Dam by car, I began to get a sneaky preview of the awe-inspiring beauty I was about to experience. However, nothing could prepare me for how amazing the man-made structure truly was. Plus, the dam boasts stunning views of Lake Mead. The history behind the construction of the dam is fascinating. It was built during the Great Depression and the workers were paid a mere $4 per day despite the dangerous nature of their work. The historic landmark connects the states of Nevada and Arizona which meant that I was able to stand on the Nevada/Arizona state line. All in all, it was a pretty good damn stop.
Stop #2: Seligman, Arizona
Wandering around Seligman, I couldn’t help but feel that I had been transported back to the fifties, or on to a movie set. This is not surprising as, it is said that, Seligman was inspiration for the Pixar movie ‘Cars’. The retro town was full of vintage cars and Route 66 memorabilia. According to the locals, Seligman was the birthplace of Route 66. The Historic Seligman Sundries is a great place to stop and refuel with a coffee. The owners of the cafe/store suggested an alternative route to the Grand Canyon to ensure that I drove on the iconic Route 66 for, at least, a small part of my journey.
Stop #3: The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Two-hundred and seventy-six miles later, I finally arrived at the ultimate destination. Eagerly, I headed to the nearest lookout point to lay eyes on the natural wonder for the first time. And wow, it did not disappoint. It’s difficult to express the intense beauty that I witnessed. Suddenly I realized that every photo that I had ever seen of the Grand Canyon just didn’t do it justice. The vastness of the canyon took my breath away. For this reason, I would like to stay overnight next time I visit. There are so many hiking trails and different ways to explore the canyon. Nevertheless, I had an exceptional day walking around, taking photos and making memories. As the sun began to set, I decided it was time to start making my journey back to Las Vegas.