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There is also a professional event planner located in Flagstaff who can help with these arrangements. Visit www.northernarizonaweddingplanner.com or call 877-527-0690. Weddings can also be held at the bottom of the canyon at Grand Canyon West, where many helicopter operators offer round-trip packages from – where else? - Las Vegas.

Insider tip: weather can be highly unpredictable at Grand Canyon. If you plan an outdoor wedding at the South Rim, coordinate a “back-up” indoor location with Xanterra, just in case!

Travel Tip 36 – Last Word/First Word

SAFETY FIRST – ALWAYS! The last thing we want to hear about is your long-awaited vacation being ruined by an accident or other mishap. Here are a few last tips culled from years of experience seeing all kinds of people get into all kinds of trouble on their Grand Canyon vacations.

1. Practice defensive driving. You’re sharing the roadways with thousands of other people who are just as unfamiliar with the area as you are, many of whom are used to driving on the left hand side of the road, or are operating a recreational vehicle for the first time. Use your headlights, even during the daytime. Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely. Avoid stopping suddenly in the middle of the road. If you see an animal, pretty view, or something you want to photograph, pull off the side of the road to where it’s safe, then take your picture. If you find yourself lost, again, pull off to the side of the road to where you are out of the way of traffic, then look at your map.

If you’re visiting in wintertime, remember that winter driving poses its own set of hazards. If you’re unaccustomed to driving in snow, take it slow. Better yet, curl up next to a nice cozy fire with a cup of hot chocolate and stay off the road altogether. If you must drive in winter, be sure to check road conditions before you head out. Inquire at your hotel front desk or visit www.az511.com for road conditions or closures.

2. The altitude can affect your attitude. Grand Canyon’s South Rim is 6,000’ above sea level; the North Rim is at 7,000.’ Acclimation takes about two weeks for a person in good health. Individuals with heart or lung problems should exercise care when visiting the Grand Canyon. If your physician advises you not to go to such high altitudes, Grand Canyon West is only 4,000’ high (but very hot in the summertime). Even if you’re healthy, don’t overdo it. If you need to take a break, TAKE A BREAK!

3. Watch children and pets at all times. Many canyon view points do not have guardrails, so approach the rim slowly, and keep your pets leashed always. NEVER leave a pet or a child unattended in a parked car, even with the windows cracked open. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can reach in excess of 150°F with alarming speed during the summer months. Even at cooler times of the year, leaving a child or pet in a parked vehicle is unsafe!

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