People from all over come to experience the Grand Canyon National Park, located exclusively in North Arizona. Covered with unexplored caves and valleys, and immense canyons, the Grand Canyon is very well liked for hikers, whether that hiker is experience of a beginner. This park offers recreational events for everyone. Today, the Grand Canyon stretches out to be eighteen miles long in some places. The Grand Canyon has much to offer from hiking along a rough, yet narrow landscape, bringing the family out to camp for a few days, gazing at the amazing scenery, or visiting the Indian reservations.
Located about 45 miles from Johnson City, it’s a perfect place to visit for a day. The drive is only about an hour from E.T.S.U. Mountain City is also located about 30 miles from Boone, North Carolina, where skiing’s a major attraction. Since I have lived in Mountain City all my life, in my opinion, the fall season is the best time to go. The trees all around are full of color.
One of the first things you will notice in Grants is the majestic mountains. Rising 11, 3001 feet, Mt. Taylor displays scattered rows of gorgeous Ponderosa Pine trees. Blazing a trail through these Pines one can find beautiful nature trails, delightful picnic spots, and scenic vistas which make you feel as if you have stepped right into a mythical painting. I have spent many a day loosing myself in nature in those mountains only to find myself going back the next day for another area to explore.
Today this national park is comprised of some 150 lakes, 450 miles of river, and over 265,000 acres of land. Nearly three million people visit the park annually. Surrounded by massive purple and blue peaks, the tallest which rises over 14,000 feet, one is truly awestruck at the power and beauty of Mother Nature. The winding roads which encircle these mountains mark mans ascent and discovery of the surrounding lands, but also provide the opportunity to reach higher into the heavens then most dreamed possible a mere century ago. The breathtaking view over the surrounding lands, which was once only available to the adventurous mountain climber, is now readily available for all to see.
My Mom and Dad have already gone to the grand canyon and they said that it was a breathtaking experience. I can’t wait to go! We are getting a tour of the grand canyon and we will go back to the hotel after dinner. Our tour guide was very insightful and gave us a lot of information regarding the canyon. He told us that “The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is a mile-deep canyon (1.6 km) that bisects the park” (Grand Info Page).
Cosby Park The Great Smoky Mountains is one of the most famous parks in the United States. The park is known for its beautiful mountains and streams, clean air, and frequent rain. My local part of the park is Cosby, located in the Great Smoky Mountains eighty-two miles west of the East Tennessee State University campus (www.nps.gov.grsm.prcoscg.htm). The park is a wonderful, activity-filled stop for any student wanting to get away for a few days. The drive to Cosby passes by quickly because of all the interesting sites along the way.
Numerous outdoor experiences are available to suit a variety of palettes, from the hiking through the serene forest to canoeing through the thrilling rapids of the Brule River. The ideal way to appreciate all that the Brule River has to offer is to rent a cabin and stay for several days. Bring your entire family for a reunion, or just bring yourself for restful retreat. Either way, the Brule River offers sanctuary from the every-day pressures of life.