Getaway Grand CanyonAccess
It is accessed by road in good condition.
Grand Canyon National Park
Arizona (United States)
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I know that it is a well-known and frequented destination at the same time and that perhaps it moves a little away from the concept of "raconet"; but I feel the "obligation" to talk about it. It is a wonder of nature so impressive that it leaves you breathless.
There are two shores: the south rim and the north rim. My US road trip gave me the opportunity to enter through the south and be able to see it by land and air:
- By air: the Grand Canyon is so immense that you cannot miss the opportunity to see its magnitude from the air. It is almost an obligation to fly over it to see it from another perspective. I hired the flight before arriving at Arizona with the Papillon company, because in high season they are in high demand and it is better not to take any risks. The helipad ("Grand Canyon National Park Airport") is located on the same road that leads to the "Grand Canyon Visitors Center" (via the "South Entrance Station"). They offer different types of flight. I decided on "North Canyon Tour", this way I could see the north shore by air and the south shore by land. It's 25-30 fascinating minutes. You start flying the "Kaibab National Forest" to find you, suddenly, in the deepest and widest part of the Grand Canyon. They are almost 18 km wide by 1.6km deep that do not leave anyone who sees it for the first time indifferent. Awesome.
- By land: access by the "South Entrance Station" and ask for the map and the newspaper of the park in the "Grand Canyon Visitors Center". There is a road ("Desert View Drive") that borders the entire Canyon with different viewpoints perfectly indicated. It can be done with your own vehicle or by taking a free shuttle bus. I did it with the car to get more freedom when moving. They are 40km of fantastic route that allow you to see the Grand Canyon with the calm it deserves.
Those who have more time than I had, I recommend spending an entire week to be able to practice trekking, mule trips (13 months of waiting list), rafting on the Colorado River and even staying in the Canyon itself (http: / /www.grandcanyonlodges.com/ or http://www.azluxtours.com/)!
In the newspaper of the park there is useful information, such as guided tours that are organized by the different areas, duration and meeting point. Everything is very prepared for tourism respecting the authenticity.
I can't say anything more than: GO THERE. The Grand Canyon has to be seen, at least, once in a lifetime.
An other good option is to stay in Las Vegas and go one day to Grand Canyon.Duration:
You can stay as long as you want.
I recommend spending a week.