This stunning landmark, in the state of Arizona, has become one of America's most popular natural attractions and if you get the chance to experience this incredible canyon for yourself, then get ready to be amazed. Stretching for almost 300 miles and plunging to depths of over 6000 feet, there's plenty of rock to go round and viewing points from the south and west rims enable some jaw-dropping moments. Aside from the views, you'll also discover plenty of opportunities to get active with hiking trails, river rapids and even helicopter flights providing more than enough reasons to head way out west.
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Hiking On our Grand Canyon tours, you will have a choice of trails suitable for all fitness levels ensuring you have the opportunity to explore as much as possible. Both the south and the north rims hold some breath-taking views of the inner canyon and it's possible to follow the Bright Angel Trail all the way from the village on the south rim to the Colorado River, some 4000 feet below. However this is never recommended to do in just one day, as the depth of the canyon, along with the desert heat mean that this can be extremely dangerous. We recommend following the trail as far as Plateau Point (see Insider Tip, below), for a safe and enjoyable hike.
Helicopter Flight There can be few moments that match the thrill of swooping over the Grand Canyon from the comfort of a cushioned-seat and if you fancy spending up to 45 minutes acting like an eagle, then a helicopter flight allows you to do just that. With the Colorado River rushing below, you'll fly to the north rim via the dramatic Dragon Corridor which will enable you to take in rarely seen sights including some of the oldest layers of rock face on the planet.
Colorado River The Colorado River is an awesome force of nature and although man has long tried to conquer the tempestuous torrents (the Hoover Dam springs to mind) it's far more rewarding to simply stand back and watch from a safe distance. Of course, the temptation to don a buoyancy aid and try your hand at white-water-rafting can often become too much to bear and, under the hawk-like tutelage of a professional guide, crying 'Geronimo' as you rush downstream is a quite incredible experience.
Havasupai Tribe No Grand Canyon trips are complete without finding out a little bit more about the Native American people who have long called this spiritual area their home. The Havasupai Tribe, in particular, present a fascinating and thoughtful insight into what life is like away from the tourist hot spots and a visit to their reservation will allow you to delve deeper into their culture and find out more about their relationship with the canyon and the natural world.
Expect a lot of sun and plenty of dry heat on our Grand Canyon holidays where temperatures rise to almost 40C during the summer and then dramatically fall to below zero in the winter months. Although rain is pretty rare you may find a few storms around late August and September although these waves of wetness are usually quite refreshing as opposed to being an annoyance. As a rule: the higher up you are, the hotter you'll be and make sure you take plenty of sun protection when walking the rim and a few extra layers if you're making the descent towards the canyon floor.
Plateau Point Trail is one of the Grand Canyon's most scenic routes and if you're equipped with a day-pack and your trusty walking boots then you're in for a real gem to remember. Plateau Point Trail can be accessed via the wonderfully named Indian Garden, along the Bright Angel Trail, and will take you to some 1300 feet above the gushing waters of the Colorado River. This is an incredible chance to sit and stare at some of the greatest scenery on earth and if you're looking for photo ops to make the folks back home green with envy then there aren't many finer than this.
Tours that visit the Grand Canyon
8 days | USA West | Hotels
Situated in some of the most spectacular National Parks of the Southwest, enjoy active days and comfortable nights - this popular open age tour provides fabulous walking and sightseeing opportunities for those of all interests.
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8 days | USA West | Camping
It has taken the Colorado River millions of years to create this immense desert canyon. You can experience the length and breadth of the Canyon in 8 days and enjoy hidden waterfalls and exhilarating rapids on this amazing rafting trip.
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10 days | USA West | Hotels
Hike the best National Park trails of Arizona and Utah on this impressive walking tour. Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and the Grand Canyon each offer unique landscapes, while our Monument Valley tour will be an unforgettable journey.
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4 days | USA West | Camping
Cowboys, canyons and Indians - need we say more? Experience an authentic cowboy BBQ and bunkhouse accommodation before a night with the Navajo people deep in the heart of Monument Valley, then top it all off with the grandest canyon on earth!
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13 days | USA West | Hotels
From the 'City by the Bay' to the 'City of Angels', explore the man-made and natural wonders of the west. Yosemite Valley, Las Vegas Boulevard and the Grand Canyon are rivalled only by the power and beauty of the Navajo's sacred Monument Valley.
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