The Grand Canyon, located in the state of Arizona, is considered by some to be one of the seven wonders of the world, due to its sensational decorative colors and majestic natural beauty. It measures 18 miles wide (29 km), 277 miles (446 km) long, and a mile (1.6 km) deep. The area is encompassed by over one million acres.(or over 1,900 square miles). To put it into perspective, the island of Manhattan, which is nearly 34 square miles, would be able to fit in the Grand Canyon Park nearly 58 times. Click Here for the best Tour in the Canyons. The Park has three main sections, the South Rim, North Rim and the Inner Canyon. PDF Maps are available for download on the Map Page.
The South Rim – Open to the public all year, this is the most popular part of the park for tourists due to its ease of access. This area includes the Desert view, Hermist Rest and the Grand Canyon Village. Although some facilities do close during the winter season, the South Rim is still open all year round; 24-hours a day and 365 days a year. This includes all visitor services like food service, Hotel accommodations and camping. Because the spring, summer and fall seasons are the most busy, reservations should be made in advance. The south rim has a wide selection of choices when you are ready for something to eat. …READ MORE
The North Rim – This more difficult to get to, rising a thousand feet over the South Rim, and receives a much smaller crowd. Generally closes at the end of October through the middle of May due to snow. (Will re-open on May 15, 2014.)
The Inner Canyon – This is situated below the Rim. It is accessible to hikers, Mule riders and river boats. You can spend days or weeks boating on the Colorado River. (Permits may be required.)
Lodging – Before you arrive you need to decide where to stay. When it comes to staying in the Grand Canyon you can spend your nights in the Canyon or in a more modern hotel just a few minutes away. Its very important that you book your stay well in advance as hotels in this location will get booked up six months in advance. The most popular locations to stay include Tusayan, Williams and Flagstaff.
- Tusayan – One of the most popular places to stay for tourist is the town of Tusayan. The Town of Tusayan is the nearest vibrant town to the Grand Canyon. Located just a few miles from the Grand Canyon, it translates into a 3 minute drive from the edge of town. The advantage of Tusayan is the ability to be so close to the Canyons, yet still enjoy some of the modern luxuries you have come to expect. Here, you will enjoy the atmosphere of small town filled with restaurants, hotels and even an IMAX theater. To check for lodging availability click on the following link: Tusayan Lodging Options.
- Williams – Located just 60 miles away from the Canyon (an hour drive), Williams, Arizona offer a beautiful mountainside scenery and the historic Route 66. Some of the adventures available include taking the railway to the Canyon, an outdoor drive-thru wildlife park, as well as a real western setting. (You will see cowboys walking through this town). To check for lodging availability click on the following link: Williams Lodging Options.
- Flagstaff – An elevation of nearly 7,000 feet and just 80 miles away from the Grand Canyon (about a 90 minute drive) makes this another popular place to stay. Although further away then Tusayan, it will be generally a bit cheaper and has a number of other fun activities to offer such as hiking, mountain biking, boating, disk golf, camping and rock climbing. The colder winter months will provide great places to ski and snowboarding. To check for lodging availability click on the following link: Flagstaff Lodging Options.
Activities – Once you get settled you should find some fun things to do. There are quite a few “must do” activities that you should incorporate into your itinerary in the following categories:
- Colorado River Tours – Taking a trip down the Colorado River is one of the most memorable things to do in the Canyon. There are a variety of trips that are available that can be short as a day to as long as 25 days…READ MORE
- Helicopter Tours – With so much to see from an ariel view of the Grand Canyon, helicopter tours have quickly become one of the best ways for visitors to take in the amazing sites. Slightly better than other air tours, helicopters are allowed to fly 1,000 feet lower than an airplane. Depending on how you would like to see the canyon sights, tours are available in a few different types of helicopter’s…READ MORE
- Popular Tours – There are a variety of guided tours available when you visit the Grand Canyon. There is the Grand Canyon Railway, Airplane tour, Jeep rides, as well as a number of combo tours...READ MORE
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Don’t forget – Since the beginning of time, travelers across the world have been dealing with the epic problem of forgetting to bring an item or two or more that should have been on their initial travel list. The goal is to avoid the need to buy things you already have at home. (You really don’t need 11 sunglasses) Generally, you can break down the things to bring into two categories. The “must have,” and the ….READ MORE
Science – The geological process that caused the formation of the Grand Canyon began 17 million years ago as the Colorado River began its artistic carving through erosion. Over this time period the continuous eroding of the river has formed the current present-day layout. The Grand Canyon is famous for its geologic significance. In fact, this geologic landscape is one of the world’s… ….READ MORE
History – The Grand Canyon National Park receives nearly 5 million visitors from over 100 countries every year. It became a forest reserve in 1893, but did not become a national park until the year 1919. According to Wikipedia, President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of the Grand Canyon area. The earliest known occupation of the Grand Canyon began some 11,500 ago. This time, known as the Paleo-Indian period, lasted around ….READ MORE
Planning the Perfect Grand Canyon Trip
Overall, there are quite a bit of activities that you can enjoy, even helicopter tours. The key to a “successful” trip is to plan your itinerary well in advance. If you plan to visit the Grand Canyon for a day, a week or even a month, its crucial that you put together a very detailed itinerary of what ….READ MORE