Explore the Grand Canyon, Arizona

grand canyon, arizonaDid you know that the Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World?  Yes, it is one of seven of the world! How crazy is that? And it’s located right here in Arizona.  Both Nevada and Colorado like to claim it, but it’s really located right in Arizona. The canyon is 277 miles long. Just a short 4-hour drive from Scottsdale or a 45 minutes Helicopter ride from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon has a lot to offer photographers, hikers, and curious minds.

 

Ways to Explore

 

The Grand Canyon offers many different ways to explore its breathtaking views.  For those who are not afraid of heights or flying, you have the option of taking either a plane ride, balloon ride or even Helicopter rides over the canyon. You can also explore the Canyon floor by either walking, biking, hiking, or by taking a mule ride to the bottom. For those more adventurous they also offer river rafting tours which provides a wide variety of scenic views.

 

South Rim

 

The South Rim is about a four hour drive time north of Scottsdale and is where the main visitor center is located. The South Rim is open year round for those who are interested in traveling and exploring what it has to offer. There are numerous amounts of hiking trails and beautiful views of the canyon. Some of the most popular viewing spots are located at Mather Point, Hopi Point, and Ooh Ahh Point. But the most popular hiking trail is located in Bright Angel Trail. There is also a wide variety of attractions such as the Tusayan Museum, an IMAX theater, ranger led programs, shopping, food, and much more.

 

North Rim

 

For those of you interested in visiting the North Rim, be aware that it is only open from Mid-May to Mid-October. The North Rim offers a more peaceful experience to those looking at traveling and the nice part is, it’s only 6 ½ hours from Scottsdale, just a short drive longer past the South Rim. It too offers similar attractions such as its own visitor center, ranger led programs, food, lodge and campgrounds. The most popular viewpoint is Cape Royal.

 

West Rim

 

The West Rim is also open for traveling year round. The West side is not as busy as the South Rim but does get lots of visitors who are attracted to the Skywalk. If you’re afraid of heights, you might want to skip taking a walk out on the Skywalk as it is a horseshoe shape glass bridge that offers spectacular views 4,000 feet above the river bottom below.

 

The best time to explore the Grand Canyon is from Late Fall to early Spring when the temperatures are more welcoming for us visitors. Summer time the temperatures can get quite hot. Always remember to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and appropriate clothing, especially if you’re looking at taking a hike down the trails. But don’t worry, if you forget something or run out, there are plenty of grocery stores, shops, and restaurants around. Just don’t forget your camera. This blog post featuring the Grand Canyon has been sponsored by Best Mesa Carpet Cleaning. Best Mesa Carpet Cleaning offers the cheapest carpet cleaning in Mesa AZ so be sure to give them a call when you need your carpets cleaned!…

Arizona Overview

arizonaArizona is known for so many things: the weather, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Route 66, and Yuma, where all the snow birds, aka retirees, live. There is so much more to Arizona than the more popular, well known destinations.

Wine Country

Arizona has more vineyards and wineries than talked about.  Sonoita is a wine town in Southern Arizona, about an hour from Tucsan. It’s a popular spot for vacationers.  There is a dozen wineries between Sonoita and Elgin to stop to wine taste at.  The hillsides are beautiful, different from much of Arizona, making it prime real estate for vineyards.  The rolling hills are also home to catte herds and pronghorns.  You can purchase tickets for a wine tasting tour.

 

Willcox is another popular wine country stop.  It’s rumored the decades of ranching has made the soil incredible, creating some of the best wines.

 

Verde Valley Wine Trail is located in Northern Arizona.  It offers a taste experience with incredible views. You’ll sip wine looking out a beautiful red rock hills and canyons.

 

Hiking

 

This is a hiker’s paradise, during the right months.  Arizona is hot!  So hot it’s made up of rock. These rock mountains, hills, valleys, and cliffs have created some of the most impressive views you will ever find.  Each view is different, depending on when you catch it.  A sunrise view is very different than a sunset view.

 

Check out Horseshoe Bend for one of the most bragged about views. It’s a shorter but difficult hike with no one complaining about having to do it.

Antelope Lower Canyon is near Horseshoe Bend.  The blending of the rock colors is just amazing.  The Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world holds many hikes, guided and all on your own.

Sedona, one of the country’s undisputed beautiful areas has too many hikes to mention.  Even without hiking, the hills are incredible.

Amusement Parks

Williams is home to Bedrock City, where residents Fred and Wilma Flinstone live. Stop in for a quick stop before riding the Grand Canyon railway.

 

Legoland Discovery Center in Tempe is another fun place.  Most people head to Southern California for most play but Arizona can hold it’s own. One of the only franchise amusement parks in the state but a popular one.

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Hoover Dam was finished in 1935 and deemed the world’s largest dam.  Built to slow the Colorado River at Lake Mead, it also was the country’s first nationally recognized recreation area. There is more outdoor water recreation than most realize. The Dam offers a lot of history while Lake Mead allows you to enjoy the hot Arizona sun.  Boats cover the lake while miles of shore are lined with people playing and splashing.
Arizona is so different than most of the country. The towns and cities bring a rich, old west meets modern world experience while the outdoors are rugged, wild, untamed and vast.  The entire state has something to see so let us know if you’ve had the pleasure of experience it yourself by contacting us here.…