Who wouldn't go on an Arizona holiday and not visit the mighty Grand Canyon? This wonder of the world is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and 5000 feet deep. The Canyon is a mosaic of five of the seven life zones found in all of North America and three of the four desert types found on the continent. In its walls is a record of three of the four eras of geological time, along with a rich variety of fossils. To the delight of visitors, the Canyon serves as an ecological refuge for more than 1,500 plant, 355 bird, 89 mammal, 47 reptile, 9 amphibian and 17 fish species. Impressive, eh?!
We encourage you to take advantage of the free shuttle buses that operate
throughout the South Rim; they ease congestion and impact on the park and make
your visit hassle-free. You can pick up the shuttle at Grand Canyon Village and
get off at the South Rim Visitor Center at Canyon View Information Plaza to
begin your visit. From there, the canyon rim is only a short stroll away! The
eight-mile round-trip on Hermit Road takes you to views of the Colorado River at
Hopi, Mohave and Pima Points, as well as to Hermits Rest, a historic landmark
with a great view of the river. Desert View Drive, a scenic 25 mile one-way
self-drive, delivers sensational views of the Canyon and the Colorado River at
Moran Point, Lipan Point, and Desert View.
In addition to the historic Yavapai Observation Station, with its exceptional
views, visitor centers on the South Rim include the Desert View Information
Center and the Tusayan Museum on Desert View Drive. A visit to the museum
provides a glimpse of Pueblo Indian life near the Grand Canyon some 800 years
ago. The Kolb Studio, spectacularly located in the Grand Canyon Village Historic
District, was the home of the pioneering Kolb brothers who first photographed
Beyond The Grand Canyon..............
Arizona is a great state for a fly-drive holiday. Wide open roads, little traffic, incredible scenery around every bend AND 300 days of sunshine a year. It's probably fair to say that Arizona is most famous for the Grand Canyon, but there's endless other sightseeing opportunities available. Here are a just a few of our favourites:
- Las Vegas
- Sunset Crater
- Meteor Crater
- Canyon De Chelly
- The White Mountains
- Apache Trail
- The Skywalk
Call Bon Voyage to discuss your Arizona holiday and discover the real Wild West.