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Discover the Grand Canyon

You will never forget a trip to the Grand Canyon. It’s beautiful nature and unique views are breathtaking. Thanks to the impressive gorges, the Grand Canyon is one of the most impressive natural areas in the world. The mighty Colorado River is like a true natural artist. Who patiently century after century created an artistic masterpiece. You simply do not get bored with the artwork colored with red pastel tones. From the many viewpoints you can enjoy the fantastic views of this wide and deep gorge. This famous national park of America is considered one of the 7 world wonders. 
The Grand Canyon an enormous national park in the northwest of the state of Arizona. The National Park has a length comparable to the distance  from Amsterdam to Paris and at the widest point the gap is 29 kilometers (18 miles).  The source of the Colorado river is at an altitude of 3,000 meters. Due to the power of this rapidly flowing river, a long, deep and large gorge developed very gradually and was called the grand canyon. 

Besides more than 1500 plant species and 40 species of reptiles, it is the territory of more than 300 bird species such as the hawk and the condor. More than 70 mammals such as the common mule deer, the gaff, the coyote, lynx and the extremely rare puma live here.

You have the opportunity to descend into the Canyon, but this requires good preparation due to the depth and heat. In addition, it is also possible to walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass platform that hangs 1200 meters above the ground. The Grand Canyon in Arizona is at its most elegant at sunrise and sunset. Then a beautiful play of colors unfolds before your eyes. 

From the south side of the gorge the view is the most beautiful. As a result, the South Rim attracts the biggest number of visitors. This side also forms a good starting point for a trip through the park through the nearby Grand Canyon Village. Several lodges, restaurants and the visitor center are located in this village. We advise to go in autumn. This period is the perfect balance between good weather and less mass tourism. Note that the temperature here in September can already go be below freezing so dress warmly.

Best time to visit

The north side is higher, less colorful and denser than the south side. Moreover, this side of the Grand Canyon can only be visited from mid-May to mid-October. We recommend to visit the North Rim. It is much quieter to enjoy the layered landscape with its red-orange rocks. According to some real America fans, this is the best area that the Canyon has to offer. Click here for the average weather in the Grand Canyon.

Where to stay

If you are looking for a great place to stay near the Canyon and you have a good budget we recommend The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon in Tusayan. The proximity to the canyon is close and convenient, it only takes 5 minutes to get to the rim. The rooms were classy, modern and super clean. The hotel was perfect in every way. If you want to treat someone special, or your family to a first class accommodation in the Grand Canyon area, this is the place to be. On booking.com they get an average rating of 8.5 and you can book it here.

This article was last updated on October 20, 2019.