Every person living in America should do this at least once in their life – drive the open road to discover the natural beauty of this big and vast country. For my first ever trip to the Grand Canyon, I’ve decided to drive from Las Vegas to the visitor center of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The distance, about 275 miles from point to point can be quite daunting to some but I decided to take a leap. I saw it as a once in a lifetime experience one should try in their lives.
I left Las Vegas a few minutes after 9:00am after picking up a rental car to start this adventure. Crossing the two states, I noticed some differences in the landscape you will see while driving.
Nevada has a great rocky formation however very dry and very beige. Most of the road created for drivers are flat. The landscape you will see is full of tumbleweeds sometimes with no vegetation at all and strong sandy earth tones for color.
Arizona is a bit different. It has great rock formations but it has various shades of color and a good amount of green vegetation. There are various heights of elevation where the driver would often go through ascending and descending roads. The cruise control bottom would be use often in this part of the drive.
As I got closer to the Grand Canyon driving through highway 180 northbound, I saw a great amount of trees, all tall at least 25 feet height and still very green. It was a beautiful thing to see and a beautiful part of the drive. The great big crack on the earth is not visible until you reach the South Rim Visitor Center.
Ten miles from the South Rim visitor center, I noticed I have entered what looked like a forest. This is certainly not what I had expected upon entering this grand national park. It felt like I’m in the mountains straight out of the Twilight novels. But this place is far better than that the small village where fictional vampires live. Much much better. What I discovered upon entering the South Rim is another story for another post.
The drive from Las Vegas to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon may have taken me four and a half hours but I truly enjoyed the journey. For a short period of time, it allowed me to be alone in my thoughts at the same time marveling the landscape I saw as I drove by. It also gives you a good idea of how massive America really is. I wish I took more photos of the road I saw. Then I thought, if I show you photos of my journey, you might just sit there, and become an armchair traveler, not go and see for yourself. One should make this adventurous leap once in their lifetime.
A word of advice, if you want to take photos of this journey, be sure to pull over first before taking those snaps especially if you’re traveling alone. You can see from the photos above that I have done just that. There are a lot of drivers in Highway 40 that are in great hurry to get to their destination. Though I encourage you to travel at your own pace, it is best to be cautious of other drivers when doing long drives.