Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, USA

The Grand Canyon is a huge valley made by the Colorado River by cutting and making its way across the red rocks of the Colorado Plateau over thousand years. The Grand Canyon could be a desert place for someone and a place to find the inner peace for someone; it was Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite place to get some solitude. Once home to Native Americans, it became a place to escape for dacoits, thieves and other criminals because of its harsh terrain and huge size. With its massive size and beauty it is one of the most beautiful places in the USA, especially at the twilight. Exposing the various layers of rocks, it reveals the geological history of North America. The overwhelming size of the Canyon and its colorful and intricate landscape continue to attract thousands of tourists from all over the world.

Location: Arizona, USA

Climate: Dry, desert climate, hot during the day and cool at nights. Wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, strong shoes or boots and something to cover your head in summers. A windbreaker will also be needed. For winters carry very warm clothes as winters are really cold.

Best Time to Visit: March-May are best to visit when spring is there. June-August are also good but it is hot with summers around. September-November is the fall season with little cold but you can visit the place. However, peak winter months of December-February are not a good time to visit due to extreme cold.

How to reach: From the south, you can take Arizona Route 64 (AZ 64) that is conjoined with US highway 180. Alternately, you can also enter the south rim from the east direction on AZ64

By Air :

Nearest Airports are

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Flagstaff’s Pulliam Field (FLG) is the nearest commercial airport

By Train: A train is operated by the Grand Canyon Railway from the town of Williams to the Grand Canyon Village. The time of travel is around 2.5 hours both to and fro.

By Car: You can visit the Grand Canyon by travelling by car from the south on Arizona Route 64 (AZ 64) or from the east on AZ64

Places of Interest

Grand Canyon Village

Location: AZ, USA

Timings: All Days

How to reach: The Grand Canyon Railway and shuttle buses

This small village on the south rim has very less population, its lodges and old fashion houses attract lot of tourists coming via the rail network. You can visit the Hopi House for a museum like experience with a large collection of native arts and crafts, jewelry, pottery, hand woven rugs and much more. The EL Tovar Hotel is nearby and is a great place to enjoy and relax. On the very edge of the south rim is the Lookout Studio which serves as a lookout point and gift shop. Providing a spectacular view, it blends with the surrounding and is a must visit. There are many more places to see in this lovely village making your trip memorable.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Location: Eagle Point Rd, Peach Springs, AZ, USA

Timings: All Days: 7:30AM–4:30PM

How to reach: You can travel by Motor coach, Airplane and Helicopter

By Car- From Las Vegas, it is a 2 hour drive

This horseshoe shaped glass (Saint-Gobain) skywalk bridge provides the visitors an experience of a lifetime. Offering a breath taking view of the Grand Canyon, it makes you feel like you are suspended in the middle of the Grand Canyon walking among the clouds. Idea of entrepreneur David Jin, to make tourism more interesting, this skywalk is located at Eagle Point where you can see the natural rock Eagle formation. 4000 feet above the river bed, it gives the visitors a more realistic and close view of the Grand Canyon.

Monument Valley

Location: IndnRte 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ USA

Timings:

6:00am - 8:00pm, All Days (peak season)

8:00am - 5:00pm, All Days (off season)

How to reach:

By Air:

Grand Canyon National Park Airport

Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, AZ

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, NV

By Train - Flagstaff, AZ – Amtrak

Situated on the Arizona – Utah border, Monument Valley is also known as the valley of rocks. The valley takes you from the hustle bustle of the American cities to a more peaceful Navajo land. Its serene and isolated environment attracts various movie makers and visitors from all over the world. This great valley is a desert region of red sand that boasts of sandstone buttes that tower up to heights of 400 to 1,000 feet. The scenic beauty of the place is breath taking with gracious clouds roaming about and the sun playing with graceful rocks and creating a mesmerizing look.

Hoover Dam

Location: Nevada – Arizona Border

Timings: All Days: 9 AM to 5 PM

How to reach: 30 miles southeast Las Vegas

Hoover dam built on the Colorado River is an important monument in the history of USA, being named as one of the top ten achievements of construction in the 20th century. This concrete, arch shaped dam provides the water and electricity supply as well as controls floods, producing 4 billion kilowatts of electricity per year. The dam offers a breathtaking view of the Lake Mead, a man-made reservoir. A popular area for recreation, Lake Mead is visited by millions of tourists every year. Towards the south of the dam, about 1500 feet away is the Mike O' Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge that allows travelers to travel from Nevada to Arizona. Hoover dam continues to attract visitors even after many years of construction.

Bryce Canyon

Location: Utah USA

Timings:

May to September- 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

April and October: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

November – March: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How to reach: Hour-and-a-half drive away from Zion National Park southwest Utah

Air: Nearest airports are Las Vegas (LAS), Nevada and Salt Lake City, Utah, Airports each 270 miles from the Park

The Bryce Canyon National park is a garden of monolith red rocks carved by dry and harsh desert winds. These spire shaped formations of rocks are called hoodoos. These crimson colored rocks stand together in a depression that lies below a hiking path called the Rim Trail and present an amphitheatre like scene from the top. You can do hiking, mountainbiking, horse riding but make sure to carry enough water as temperatures can rise high in the afternoon. Mornings and evenings are generally cooler and beautiful and the best time to view the place is sunrise and sunset.

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