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 you would like to do and when you are going to do it. There are quite a bit of activities that are available and planning wisely will help you get the most out of your stay.
The first thing you need to do when you plan your itinerary is to figure out how you will get to the Canyon. If you plan to fly, then we recommend you consider coming into either of the following two airports, (PHX) in Pheonix, or McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. If you reside within driving distance (for most people that means a few hundred miles) then you can pack up your car, minivan or truck and head toward the Canyon. You can check out the direction page and maps for additional driving directions.
Hotels – Next on your itinerary is to find a place 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 within a few miles. It is very important that you book your stay well in advance. The most popular locations to stay include Tusayan, Williams and Flagstaff.
- Tusayan – One of the most popular places for tourists to stay 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 a 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) make this another popular place to stay. Although further away than 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.
Dining – For most people the next item on the list will be food (for some its actually No. 1). You need to remember that when you are on vacation (for unknown scientific reason) you end up being hungry more often and eating an extra two to three meals a day. The South Rim has a wide selection of choices when you are ready for something to eat. You can choose from a simple grab and go option at the numerous cafes in both the Bright Angel Visitor Center and Market Plaza or you can purchase groceries or stop at the deli at the Canyon Village Marketplace. Maswik cafeteria. Located in the Maswik Lodge, it’s a great way…READ MORE
Tours & Adventures – Now, that you covered your basic needs for survival (food & shelter), its time to plan for some fun. The Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world. It is full of exciting things to see and do, from visiting archeological and historical sites to hiking through the various climate zones and elevations. There is river rafting and mule rides for the adventurous and the quieter bird watching of the magnificent condors that soar through the Canyon for the less adventurous. Let’s go through a few of the more popular activities you should add to your itinerary, beginning with the more adventurous types.
Water Adventure – First, begin by scheduling a trip down the Colorado River. Definitely, one of the most memorable things to do in the Canyon. There are a variety of trips available that will vary from 1 day to 25 days in length. Traveling on the Colorado requires a permit and private trips are allowed, but it is much easier to book with a… READ MORE
Air Thrill – Next, you must consider a once in a lifetime Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour. These tours have become very popular as they give you a quick way to see the entire beauty of the Canyon. Depending on how you would like to see the Canyon sights, tours are available in a few different types of helicopters. Because of their large windows, many people prefer touring the huge canyon in a Bell helicopter. Other visitors might favor a quieter trip and decide on a Eco-Star helicopter that features…READ MORE
Ground Work – Now that you have scheduled time in the air and water, it’s time to hit the ground. You need to test your feet on some of the hiking trails. Hiking is one of best ways to see the Grand Canyon. It is only by hiking down into the gorge that you can truly see all the Canyon has to offer. Trail runners can challenge themselves with a rim-to-rim run and backpackers make the trek stopping to camp and explore the side trails deep in the Canyon. Local residents make daily hikes to the Canyon floor and slow only to visit with other hikers who have come from all over the world to enjoy the splendor.There are two trails that are extremely popular: the Bright Angel Trail and the Kaibab Trail. These two trails get a majority of the traffic that..READ MORE
The Inner Canyon Tour is an absolute must-see/must-do. If you ever wondered about the feel and look at the bottom of the Canyon. The great benefits is that it can be done in one day and the entire family can do this one. This is a custom designed tour that will take down 4,000 feet to the… READ MORE
The One-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip will certainly get your adrenaline pumping. If you are looking for something that will put you on the edge of your seat, and may get you a bit on the wet side, this one is for you. During this custom tour you will be (departing from Flagstaff and Williams) heading to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, where you will enjoy the famous…READ MORE
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Soaring above the Grand Canyon in a state-of-the-art helicopter and getting a bird’s-eye view of all its splendor is an unbeatable sensation. This full day tour is custom made for you to spend the maximum amount of time in the Canyon with very little travel time. It will include a round trip to…READ MORE
Don’t forget! – A common problem that travelers encounter is forgetting to pack an essential item. It’s frustrating to find that you have to either purchase an important overlooked object at your destination or do without it for the duration of your trip. Making a travel packing list in advance is a good way to avoid leaving things behind. Generally, you can breakdown the packing list into two categories. The “must have,” and the…READ MORE
History – If you would like to spend some time learning about the Grand Canyon’s rich background, you should consider visiting the Grand Canyon National Park Research Library and Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection. In the Museum, the collection preserves important artifacts for exhibit and research purposes, playing an important role in the preserving of the area’s unique history and culture. You can find more than 900,000…READ MORE
In summation, the Grand Canyon is seeped in history and beauty, making it one of the places everyone should visit at least one time in their life. For those who have visited and experienced the charm and majesty of the Canyon you will be forever drawn back to experience it’s splendor. Please check back often as we constantly update our information as we receive it.
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