US Road Trip Day 11: Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon

On the way from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon we passed the Hoover Dam which was quite impressive. Hoover Dam is located on the border between the states of Arizona and Nevada.

Hover Dam 2

Hover Dam near Las Vegas

Hover Dam 3

Way Hover Dam to Grand Canyon

Las Vegas Road Signs to Grand Canyon

 

No matter where we stayed in the states so far, people have been so nice! For instance here at this little coffee shop on the way from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon: We just ordered a coffee and the waitress was so super friendly – people immediately start a small talk with you. So sweet Smile

 

Way from Hover Dam to Grand Canyon

 

After a few more hours on the road we arrived at the Grand Canyon National Park. The first stop we made in the park was the viewpoint Mather Point overlook.

 

Grand Canyon National Park Sign

Grand Canyon 1

Grand Canyon Mather

 

When you watch out you will also see some wildlife Smile But don’t pet the squirrels – they may carry diseases!

Grand Canyon Trees

Grand Canyon Raven

Grand Canyon Squirrel

 

At the Mather Point the view you get over the Grand Canyon is overwhelming. You can see so far and it looks like someone has painted an immense picture in front of you. It just doesn’t look real. Especially the shades the late afternoon sun light creates on the canyon made the whole view even more beautiful. Yet it was still hot! At least not as unbearably hot anymore as in Vegas!

Grand Canyon Beautiful

Grand Canyon close up impressive

Grand Canyon Close Up View

Grand Canyon Far View

Grand Canyon Mountains

Grand Canyon Tree over Canyons

Grand Canyon View over Canyon

Grand Canyon view

Grand Canyon Viewpoint

Grand Canyon Waving Shades

 

After this amazing view from the Mather Point viewpoint, we drove a bit further and came across another viewpoint. And again, an amazing view over the canyon. At this viewpoint we stayed to watch the sunset. The colours and shapes that the sunlight brings out during sunset made everything so beautiful to watch. I probably took over 50 photos of the same spot..

Sunset Grand Canyon 2

Sunset Grand Canyon Mountain

Sunset Grand Canyon Beautiful

Sunset Grand Canyon Evening

Sunset Grand Canyon Night

 

Coincidently there was a night sky programme planned for the same evening. So we got our torches out, put on warmer clothes and joined the programme. There were around 25 people joining to look at and talk about the night sky. We walked over to a cliff away from the lights of the parking areas and were rewarded with a pitch black night and a sky full of stars. We even had a clear view of the milky way. I tried to capture this amazing night sky but the below photo doesn’t do it any justice. Just imagine the below photo with 100x as many stars and one light stripe in the middle of the photo – the milky way Smile

 

Night Sky Grand Canyon

 

Auf dem Weg von Las Vegas zum Grand Canyon kamen wir am Hoover Dam vorbei, welcher riesig und dementsprechend beindruckend war. Er verbindet die beiden Staaten Arizona und Nevada.

Nach ein paar Stunden errreichten wir den Grand Canyon. Unser erster Stop war der Aussichtspunkt Mather Point. Es war schon spaeter Nachmittag und das Sonnenlicht brachte viele Farben hervor und umspielte die einzelnen Berge des Canyons.  Ueberhaupt sah die gesamte Landschaft aus wie gemalt – zu beeindruckend, um ‘real’ genau vor einem zu sein.

Wir fuhren noch weiter zu einem anderen Aussichtspunkt, wo wir genau richtig zum Sonnenuntergang ankamen. Zufaellig wurde abends ein Night Sky Programme abgehalten. Es war eine tief-dunkle Nacht und wir konnten den gesamten Nachthimmel sehen inklusive der Milchstrasse. Meine Kamera konnte dies leider nicht wirklich detailgetreu erfassen. Stellt euch also das letzte Foto mit 100 mal mehr Sternen vor und einerm erleuchteten Streifen in der Mitte – der Milchstrasse Smile

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