Around - Go Further
While literally getting out of the chasm may be the most difficult part of your visit, getting out of the National Park is relatively easy! There are some wonderful places surrounding you so check them out.
Bryce Canyon National Park
If you haven't has your fill of canyon country, the Bryce Canyon National Park (www.nps.gov/brca) is north of the Grand Canyon over Arizona’s border in Utah. It consists of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters of colorful limestone which have formed into bizarre shapes including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos." The varied colors contribute to the spectacular views stretching across three states, as do the many forms of wildlife. There’s lodges and campgrounds withing the park, as well as many walking and horse trails.
Zion National Park
The beautiful Zion National Park (www.nps.gov/zion) is north-west of the Grand Canyon, again over the border in Utah. It protects incredible rock formations and high sandstone cliffs, and is a favorite spot for hiking, backpacking, cycling, canyoneering and rock climbing. When in Zion you'll find yourself on the canyon floor looking up, rather than looking down from the rim, allowing you to peer at all the interesting life growing on the steep cliffs; beautiful wildflowers, hanging ferns and moss thrive in this micro-environment, using the porous Navajo sandstone as their anchor. In addition to the magnificent monoliths and cliffs, the park is known for its desert landscape of sandstone canyons, mesas, and high plateaus.
Nicknamed 'Sin City' and the 'Entertainment Capital of the World', famous Las Vegas sits amidst the southern Nevada desert landscape directly west of the Grand Canyon. With its giant mega-casino hotels, 24-hour buzzing atmosphere, glitz, booze and debauchery, Vegas has become a symbol of gaudy excess and the epitome of entertainment destinations. So if you’re in the mood for a game of Texas Hold'em or a shotgun Elvis wedding...check out the Appy Travels Las Vegas app.
Flagstaff (www.flagstaffarizona.org) is a small town south of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and often a jump off point to visit the canyon. It has a pleasant historic district, many accommodation options and is the home to the Lowell Observatory, the place where the planet Pluto was discovered! It is also a popular spot for outdoor activities, as Mount Elden just outside the town provides a setting for mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing. Despite the surrounding desert, Flagstaff is a popular skiing destination in the South-west due to its high elevation; and so exists the Arizona Snowbowl (www.arizonasnowbowl.com), one of only three ski resorts in the state.
Sedona (www.visitsedona.com) is a town in Arizona, just south of Flagstaff and 120 miles north of Phoenix. It's renowned for its beauty and serene setting amid a radient red rock landscape, and also its vibrant arts community supporting nearly 100 art galleries and a range of events, including the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona Arts Festival and the Sedona Jazz Festival. As with most of these desert towns, it's super for an outdoor adventure mountain biking, hiking and off-roading.
The sunny capital of Arizona, and the sixth most populated city in the United States, is a three and a half hour drive south of the Grand Canyon. Because of the area’s beautiful weather, you’ll be able to enjoy most activities year-round as you wander the city's parks and gardens, interesting museums and galleries and trendy restaurants. Despite its urban sprawl Phoenix remains an attractive city, being surrounded by desert mountains with a modern downtown district. For more information on this city of cowboys and cacti, check out the Appy Travels Phoenix app.
Get your kicks along this famous road, now decommissioned and supplanted by Interstate 40, but the original route runs south of the Grand Canyon through Flagstaff, Williams and Peach Springs, to name a few. A trip along this road is a must do for many U.S. citizens, and it captures international attention as a symbol of progress, pizazz and automotive history before the time of affordable air-travel, when families enjoyed the humble road-trip vacation. For more information on this slice of American pie, check out the Appy Travels Route 66 app.