Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, photo by Caaz
Grand Canyon (photo by Caaz)
 

The Grand Canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the Colorado River in the deserts of northern Arizona.

The canyon itself is, from rim to river over a mile (1610 m) deep. In spots the rock layers exposed in the canyon display over two billion years of geologic history.

In addition to the main park area, with easily accessed viewpoints, the park offers hiking and whitewater rafting.

The massive canyon encompasses several distinct areas, most famous of which is Grand Canyon National Park. The national park is itself divided into two main areas: the remote North Rim and the more accessible (and crowded) South Rim.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
 

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Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel

This Tusayan, Arizona resort is just a mile from the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. It features a seasonal outdoor pool, a year round indoor spa, an on-site restaurant and an airport shuttle. Average score from 37 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$119 - $299

 
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Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire

This Arizona hotel is 10 minutes' drive from the entrance of Grand Canyon National Park. This hotel offers 4 on-site restaurants. The Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire features a tour desk with information on area tours. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$150 - $170

 
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Canyon Plaza Premier Studio and Apartments

Views of the valleys and forest areas are featured in select Arizona apartments. Grand Canyon South Rim Entrance is 5 minutes’ drive. Average score from 432 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$200

 
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Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon

Featuring an indoor swimming pool, this Grand Canyon, Arizona hotel is 15 minutes’ drive from Grand Canyon National Park. Free Wi-Fi is provided in all rooms. Average score from 43 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$130

 
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The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon

This Tusayan hotel is off Highway 64 near the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park and the Southern Rim. It offers an indoor pool and nightly entertainment. The Grand Hotel rooms include a coffee maker and cable TV. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$309 - $139

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon

The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon

This Tusayan hotel is off Highway 64 near the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park and the Southern Rim. It offers an indoor pool and nightly entertainment. The Grand Hotel rooms include a coffee maker and cable TV. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$309 - $139

 
$3098.5
Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire

Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire

This Arizona hotel is 10 minutes' drive from the entrance of Grand Canyon National Park. This hotel offers 4 on-site restaurants. The Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire features a tour desk with information on area tours. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$150 - $170

 
$1508.4
Canyon Plaza Premier Studio and Apartments

Canyon Plaza Premier Studio and Apartments

Views of the valleys and forest areas are featured in select Arizona apartments. Grand Canyon South Rim Entrance is 5 minutes’ drive. Average score from 432 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$200

 
$2008.2
Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon

Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon

Featuring an indoor swimming pool, this Grand Canyon, Arizona hotel is 15 minutes’ drive from Grand Canyon National Park. Free Wi-Fi is provided in all rooms. Average score from 43 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$130

 
$1308.1
Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel

Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel

This Tusayan, Arizona resort is just a mile from the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. It features a seasonal outdoor pool, a year round indoor spa, an on-site restaurant and an airport shuttle. Average score from 37 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$119 - $299

 
$1197.7

Highlights:

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Natural
Rafting
Whitewater rafting expeditions depart daily during the summer months from Lee's Ferry. They take visitors down the Colorado River, which did the canyon carving.
Geologic Formations

World Heritage Site Inscription

Carved out by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon (nearly 1,500 m deep) is the most spectacular gorge in the world. Located in the state of Arizona, it cuts across the Grand Canyon National Park. Its horizontal strata retrace the geological history of the past 2 billion years. There are also prehistoric traces of human adaptation to a particularly harsh environment.
Also of Interest:
Natural
Scenic Waterways
Deserts
Hiking and Trekking
Wildlife and Plants

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