Digging Into the Geology of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most important, interesting, and awe-inspiring examples of the Southwest’s unique geology. For over a hundred years, it has captivated tourists, prospectors, and geologists alike. In the 1850s, Dr. John Strong Newberry started studying the geology of the Grand Canyon and the investigation has continued ever since, continually providing us with new information and insights about the Earth’s past.

Ready to build a solid foundation of geological knowledge ahead of your visit to the Grand Canyon? Let’s dig in.

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History of the Grand Canyon Railway

With a history spanning more than 7 million years, the Grand Canyon has long been a source of wonder for prospectors, explorers, and tourists, but travel to and from the Canyon wasn’t always as easy as it is now. Before the inception of the Grand Canyon Railway in the early 1900s, it took an hours-long, bumpy stagecoach ride to reach the Rim. Nowadays, we have many options for getting to the Grand Canyon, including airplane, bus, personal automobile, and of course, by train.

Throughout its century-long history, the Grand Canyon Railway has been helping shuttle valuable goods, livestock, and people to and from the Rim. Today, the Railway functions solely as a mode of transportation for travelers, but much like the Grand Canyon, the Railway has a long, layered history. Let’s take a closer look at the story behind this historic mainstay.

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How To Choose A Las Vegas Hotel

Did you know that 14 of the world’s top 25 hotels are located on the Las Vegas Strip? With a cumulative total of more than 62,000 rooms up for grabs on this four-mile stretch, choosing the right homebase for your Las Vegas adventure can feel as risky as going all-in with a pair of twos.

Each casino-resort on the Strip offers its own unique ambience and set of amenities. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your choices, start by asking yourself one question: What are your priorities? Do you just need a place to crash between adventures or nights on the town, or are you looking to kick back in the lap of luxury? Keep reading to get our tips for booking right hotel for your Vegas vacation.

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QUIZ: Should You Drive to the Grand Canyon or Take a Guided Tour?

The question for many Las Vegas visitors isn’t whether to visit the Grand Canyon, it’s how to get there. Whether you rent a car and drive yourself or hop on a guided tour, there’s no wrong way to see the Grand Canyon.

Your method of travel will depend on your travel needs, our personal preferences, and what kind of Grand Canyon experience you hope to have. Both options offer advantages and disadvantages, so we’ve put together a quiz to make planning your Grand Canyon adventure a little easier.

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7 Burning Reasons to Visit the Valley of Fire

When you’re deep in the heart of Las Vegas and your idea of getting out into the “great outdoors” is heading to the Las Vegas Sands, it’s time to pack your bags and take a day trip beyond the city limits. Between the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, and the Valley of Fire, there’s no shortage of wild and wonderful landscapes to explore.

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