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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.
Family-Friendly Tours in Grand Canyon Nat'l Park

5270 N. US Hwy 90

Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Flagstaff-based Angel's Gate Tours is an excellent choice for first-time visitors to the Grand Canyon. The scenic rim tour provides an insider's introduction. Adventure hikes ...
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4 Tonto Street

Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

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Grand Canyon Field Institute, the educational arm of the Grand Canyon Association, offers three outdoor learning adventures for active families. Meet the Canyon, the most pop ...
  • Walking
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Grand Canyon National Park

South Rim, AZ 86023

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Xanterra, the primary concessionaire in Grand Canyon National Park, runs mule rides along and below the South Rim. Half-day rides, 3 hours in length, trek to Abyss overlook. ...
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North Kaibab Trailhead

North Rim

Grand Canyon Nat'l Park

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You won't find a finer trail ride than Canyon Trail Rides. In the business for over 20 years, Pete and Keela Mangum run a tight organization. They size up each rider before a ...
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2420 N. 3rd St. Suite-D

Flagstaff, AZ 86004

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Guide-owned All-Star Grand Canyon Tours has designed hikes and tours that meet the needs of all kinds of travelers - families, seniors, those looking for a challenging backco ...
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