I’ve traveled to the Grand Canyon twice; once in the summer of 2016 and most recently a few days ago, in the fall of 2018. I can tell you that both visits have been quite an experience, mostly, due to the different weather seasons ☀️🔥❄️❄️. However, walking alongside edges, whether it’s summer or fall, is breathtaking and will leave you in awe.
The Grand Canyon National Park is approximately 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and nearly 6 million years old and it is located in the state of Arizona. The Colorado river cuts through layers of rock of the Grand Canyon and its about a mile deep. The Grand Canyon was made a national park in 1919 and out of all the wild life you can find here, the most dangerous animal you will encounter is the rock squirrel 🐿. That’s right, the rock squirrel. Every year dozens of visitors to the park get bitten when they try to feed these wild life creatures.
The best times to visit the Grand Canyon are March through May and September through November. During these months you will get cooler temperatures and less crowds. If you decide to visit during the summer, prepare yourself for too many tourists and super hot temperatures.
So, what is the easiest way to get here? There are several ways to travel to the Grand Canyon. Most commonly you can fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, which will put you 230 miles away from the canyon (approximately a 3 hours and 58 minute drive). You can also opt to fly into Las Vegas McCarran International airport, which will put you 273 miles away from the canyon (4 hours and 53 minutes drive).
I flew into Las Vegas and had made reservations for a private tour. I don’t do well with long drives, so being part of a tour made things easier for me, providing me with some down time for a nap and snacks. I am sure you can find many offers on-line for tours to the Grand Canyon. My biggest suggestion is to do some good research and read reviews. Paying more doesn’t always mean better, but paying less can also mean not so good tours. I strongly recommend finding lodging at one of the many hotels near the Grand Canyon, trust me, you want to catch the sunrise and sunset.
The fees to enter the Grand Canyon range between $20 and $35 dollars, more information on the fees can be found at www.nps.org. However, when you pay a tour, the entrance fees are already included.
How should you dress for the Grand Canyon? My answer to this is: DRESS VERY COMFORTABLE! I know that visiting such an amazing place will prompt you to want to wear a cute outfit, mostly for pictures, but trust me, you want to be as comfortable as possible. I love wearing leggings, sneakers, a hat (during summer) and carry a bottle of water. You will be doing a lot of walking and water can be pricey at the cafe on site. There are different points you can visit at the Grand Canyon; I highly recommend visiting the South Rim. There are many awesome views here and so many options for gorgeous pictures. But if you feel more adventurous, visit the Grand Canyon West. Here, you will be able to purchase a ticket to walk the Sky Walk, putting you 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon. There are also many options to purchase packages that include: helicopter rides, tours of the Native American Village, zip lining (Yes! You can zip line down a side canyon-about 1 mile from the skywalk), River boat tours, horse back riding near the rim of the canyon. The choices are unlimited.
I personally think that when booking your stay here, you should identify all the activities you want to partake in. I was drawn more to the sightseeing of this beauty. However, there is a plan to visit the Grand Canyon again and partake in zip lining and a river tour. Below, you will find pictures all taken by me. Remember that we are looking at 1 of Natures 7 Wonders of the World 🌎.