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The Grand Canyon of Arizona; how to see it   By: (1858-1923)

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In the breathtaking exploration of one of nature's most awe-inspiring wonders, George Wharton James takes readers on an insightful journey through The Grand Canyon of Arizona. Through vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes, James guides us on a remarkable venture, offering invaluable advice on how to truly appreciate and experience this magnificent site.

The author's passion for The Grand Canyon is evident from the very beginning. With meticulous attention to detail, James paints a vivid picture of the canyon's vastness and beauty. His descriptive language is masterful, effortlessly conveying the grandeur and immensity of this natural wonder. Readers are instantly transported to the canyon's imposing cliffs, solemn depths, and sparkling rivers.

One of the book's most notable strengths is James' ability to seamlessly blend factual information with personal reflections. He expertly weaves historical and geological explanations into his narrative, enhancing our understanding of the natural processes that have shaped The Grand Canyon over millions of years. These insights not only educate but also kindle a sense of wonder within the reader, fostering a deeper appreciation for the canyon's unique history.

What sets this book apart from others of its kind is James' emphasis on experiencing The Grand Canyon firsthand. Throughout the pages, he provides invaluable tips and recommendations, ensuring that readers make the most out of their visit. From best viewpoints for sunrise or sunset to hidden trails that reveal lesser-known gems, James offers a wealth of practical advice. His suggestions are not limited to the typical tourist attractions but aim to help readers discover a more authentic and intimate connection with this natural wonder.

Moreover, the book is not only a guide but also a tribute to the captivating spirit of The Grand Canyon. James dabbles in the realm of spirituality, delving into the mythology and lore surrounding the canyon. He contemplates the transformative power of its immensity and encourages readers to embrace a deeper spiritual connection with the natural world. These contemplations add a profound dimension, elevating the book from a mere travel guide to something more profound.

However, a minor drawback of The Grand Canyon of Arizona lies in its occasionally outdated references. Since its original publication, the canyon has seen considerable changes, including the influx of tourists and new regulations. While the core information remains relevant, readers would benefit from some updates or references to current practices.

Despite this minor flaw, George Wharton James' The Grand Canyon of Arizona; how to see it is a masterpiece of storytelling and a valuable resource for any adventurer seeking to explore one of the world's most remarkable landmarks. Through his eloquent prose and expert guidance, James ignites a sense of wonder within readers, urging them to experience the grandeur of The Grand Canyon firsthand.

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The Grand Canyon Of Arizona: How To See It


George Wharton James

Author of "In and Out of the Old Missions," "The Wonders of the Colorado Desert," "Through Ramona's Country," etc.

Revised Edition

Boston: Little, Brown, and Company

Kansas City: Fred Harvey



Because of the completion of a new driveway along the Rim of the Grand Canyon, and of a new trail to the Colorado River, a second edition of this book is deemed necessary.

These improvements, which have recently been made by the Santa Fe Railway, are known as Hermit Rim Road and Hermit Trail. The first, said to be the most unique road in the world, is nine miles long on the brink of the Canyon, and the other, a wide and safe pathway down the south wall.

The contents of the volume has been revised, and descriptions of Hermit Rim Road and Hermit Trail have been added. There are also new portions describing the drives and trips that may be taken through the forest on the Rim and in the Canyon itself, each carefully planned so that the traveler may devote to sightseeing whatever amount of time he desires.

With these additions and alterations, the original plan to provide a convenient handbook for all travelers to the Grand Canyon is more complete.


Upwards of ten years ago I sat on the south rim of the Grand Canyon and wrote "In and Around the Grand Canyon... Continue reading book >>

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