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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
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Grand Canyon

 

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Grand Canyon National Park, a World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a top family travel destination and a must see, at least once. And it offers something for everyone. Take a day trip to the South Rim or Grand Canyon West and take in the beauty and magnitude of the Grand Canyon. Spend a week or more and explore. Take a train, plane or helicopter tour. Hike, raft, or take a mule ride along the canyon floor. Enjoy the view from above on the recently inaugurated glass-bottom Skywalk. Experience the backcountry on the Grand Canyon North Rim. And if you're traveling with older teens ready to test their survival skills, make the journey to Toroweap, also known as Tuweep, and enjoy the best views from the rim. A Grand Canyon vacation can be as brief or as adventuresome as you desire.

Stretching 277 miles (446 km) and spanning up to 18 miles (29 km) across, there is no other canyon in the United States, or elsewhere, that is quite so large. But the Grand Canyon's significance goes beyond its size. Here, one can fully appreciate the power of erosion over 2 billion years and take note as the area's history unfolds. Rocky gorges plunging one mile (1.6 km) to the canyon floor. Cliffs and pinnacles aptly named after mythical heroes, Wotan's Throne, Brahma Temple, Isis Temple and Cheops Pyramid. Multiple layers of strata each belonging to a different time and, in many ways, a different place. Ruins and artifacts left by Pueblo communities and desert cultures that once inhabited or passed through the Grand Canyon.

Toroweap and the North and South Rims lie within the Grand Canyon National Park. Grand Canyon West is located in the Hualapai Indian Reservation and is not managed by the park. Once off the beaten path, the West Rim is quickly becoming a hotspot. In summer, the crowds at the South Rim and can be unbearable but nothing that a short hike from the major overlooks and shopping strips can't fix. The remoteness of the North Rim substantially limits the throng and ensures that a trip here is all about nature and the great outdoors. And Toroweap, due its rugged nature, is almost empty at any time of the year.
Kid-Friendly Hotels in Grand Canyon Nat'l Park

Grand Canyon National Park

South Rim, AZ 86023

USA

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Location is the sole reason to stay at Bright Angel Lodge. The lodge rooms are akin to a budget motel. The cabins are basic, not just rustic. The service at this Xanterra pro ...
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Grand Canyon National Park

South Rim, AZ 86023

USA

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El Tovar Hotel, opened in 1905 and last renovated in 2005, is the most upscale accommodation in Grand Canyon National Park. It boasts the best on-site restaurant on the South ...
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Grand Canyon National Park

North Rim, AZ 86052

USA

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There are three reasons to consider Grand Canyon Lodge. 1) Grand Canyon Lodge is the only North Rim hotel. 2) It's located at Bright Angel Point and sits on the North Rim. 3) ...
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Market Plaza Road

Grand Canyon Village

Arizona 86025

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Mather Campground is located in the heart of Grand Canyon Village. The 327-site campground accommodates tents and RVs. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring with a c ...
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Grand Canyon National Park

North Rim, AZ 86052

USA

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The North Rim Campground is the only developed campground on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The 90-site campground accommodates RVs, tents, and trailers. Each campsite ha ...
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