The Grand Canyon has been admired for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the railroad arrived in 1901 that more people were able to access one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Photography studios, hotels, souvenir shops, concessioners, cabins and restaurants popped up in no time, creating the Grand Canyon Village. These buildings continue to allow visitors comfortable spaces to view the majesty of the Grand Canyon. El Tovar, where we had lunch, was known as the fanciest hotel west of the Mississippi when it opened in 1905. Staying in the Village overnight gave us the opportunity, like so many others before us, to witness the Grand Canyon change shape and colors as the earth moves swiftly around the sun.