Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tour of the Grand Canyon National Park

Traveling broadens the mind and enriches a person's life. While school teaches us new skills and knowledge, nothing beats first hand experience and recalling the travel memories that will stick with you forever. In fact, CS and I went to US about 10 months ago but I can still remember how cold is the water at Malibu beach and how delicious the lobster roll was at Sam's in San Francisco. Among the many things we planned for the trip, the tour of the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the greatest and perhaps the most exciting experience. The things that I only see in TV and magazines is now right in front of me. It was magical, a surreal moment indeed.

Viator, a Tripadvisor company, offers a wide variety of tours in Las Vegas at very competitive prices. The Grand Canyon National Park Bus Tour we booked included hotel pick up and drop off, live commentary aboard vehicle, bottled water, lunch and snacks - all for $156 for 2 persons! Highlights of the 14-hour bus tour comprise of visits to the Grand Canyon South Rim (Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge for breathtaking views), Hoover Dam and Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona.

Basic information on visiting the Grand Canyon National Park:

  • Carved by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is a mile-deep canyon and stretches 18 miles across at its widest point
  • It is located in the US State of Arizona
  • The Grand Canyon became a national park in 1919
  • A visual treat for its unique erosional forms and geologic color combinations
  • The 2nd most visited national park in the US and attracts 5.9 million visitors per year
  • The rock found at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is around 2 billion years old while the rock found on the upper rim dates about 230 million years old
  • American Indians have been living in and around the canyon for thousands of years
  • It takes 5 hours to drive the 345km distance between the South Rim and the North Rim
  • The South Rim is open all year round for camping, lodging and day tours
  • Least crowded time to visit is from November to February
  • North Rim facilities and lodging is open from May 15 to October 15 only

Tip: Check out the National Park Service's website for more information, tips and the latest news on the best time to visit the Grand Canyon National Park. Click here.

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