There's no denying humans are visual creatures. We love images and telling stories via paintings, films and photographs. Thanks to such apps as Instagram and the incredible photo capabilities of today's smartphones, each of us has in our pockets the power to take professional-looking snapshots of the places that inspire us, to tell our personal stories in visual format. When it comes to traveling to scenic places, the Grand Canyon is one of the most photographed national parks thanks to its incredible array of jaw-dropping landscapes. The following are a few of the most Instagram'd spots in the Grand Canyon, and ones you should make sure to capture as part of your own travel story:
7. Tower of Ra
Sunrise at Hopi Point (still enjoying the novelty of being able to drive down the Hermit Road...) - very beautiful wow was it cold in the wind!!!! This is our first visit to the park in winter - amazing to see the canyon without the usual massive crowds! #grandcanyon #hopipoint #sunrise #horustemple #osiristemple #towerofra
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Some of the rock formations of the Grand Canyon are so fantastic and so massive that early travelers were inspired to name them after ancient gods. The Tower of Ra is one such place. Found on the edge of Yuma Point in Arizona, this incredible rock formation is well-documented on Instagram.
6. Kaibab National Forest
Considered the gateway to the Grand Canyon, herds of buffalo meandering across prairies bordered by towering pine trees await photographers of all skill levels at Kaibab National Forest in Northern Arizona.
5. Colorado River
People love to photograph the fish they catch, take shots of their rafting adventures and show off the peaceful swimming holes while recreating in the Colorado River.
4. Dragon Head
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Found along the Grand Canyon's North End, Dragon Head is a desolate summit that's difficult to access except by helicopter. This is why many photographs of this uniquely-shaped formation are aerial shots.
3. Bright Angel Lodge
Bright Angel Lodge, designed by Mary Colter, is as colorful as always. It holds two restaurants and an ice cream stand. They have great history room with Colter's "geologic fireplace". #brightangel #brightangellodge #grandcanyon #grandcanyonnps #marycolter #geology #nps #nationalparks -ew
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Bright Angel Lodge is a hotel complex situated at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and operates in agreement with the U.S. Federal Government. It also features many of the area's best hiking trails and outstanding canyon outlooks. The building's western architecture and decor makes it a favorite subject of Instagram-ers.
2. Grand Canyon National Forest
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The majestic Grand Canyon National Forest inspires incredible photography featuring the area's unique geology, spruce forests, desert wildlife, primitive camping spots and so much more.
1. Mather Point
The magic at #grandcanyon is at #sunrise and at #sunset The whole canyon glows in different shades of red and one is mesmerized as wonder captures ones imagination in ways unfathomable and indescribable.The feeling,the glow,the moment it just stays with you forever. One such moment at #matherpoint...
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Mather Point is probably the most photographed spot overlooking the Grand Canyon, thanks in part to its fantastic views and its close location to the park's entrance.
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