If you are planning to come from the UK to visit the Grand Canyon, it will be a trip you will cherish for the rest of your life.
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 more than one million acres (or more than 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.
The park has three main sections, the South Rim, North Rim and the Inner Canyon.
Coming from the UK to the Grand Canyon requires some planning. The key is that you want to plan in advance to save the most on your bookings. You have a couple of options when you consider flying to the Grand Canyon. Although the Grand Canyon does have an airport, (GCN Airport), currently you can only fly in with a private or chartered aircraft. The closest international airport is… READ MORE.
The South Rim, which is open to the public all year, 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, lodging 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, more difficult to get to, rising a thousand feet over the South Rim, receives a much smaller crowd. It generally closes at the end of October through the middle of May due to snow (and will re-open on May 15, 2014).
The Inner Canyon 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.)
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.
The Grand Canyon National Park receives nearly 5 million visitors from more than 100 countries every year. It became a forest reserve in 1893, but did not become a national park until the year 1919. 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.
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.