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Travel Tip 1 – Where Is the Grand Canyon?

Grand Canyon National Park is in Northern Arizona.

Travel Tip 2 – What Side Can I See it From?

Grand Canyon South Rim and Grand Canyon West (a.k.a. “the Western Rim” located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, separate from the National Park) are open year-round. Grand Canyon North Rim is usually open from mid-May through mid-October, but opening and closure dates can vary with weather.

Travel Tip 3 – How Do I Find it on a Map?

Your Grand Canyon Top Tours Brochure has one. You can also find several excellent maps on our website. To find the Grand Canyon’s location on MapQuest, Yahoo! Maps,

etc., use Zip code 86023or “Grand Canyon, Arizona” for Grand Canyon South Rim.

You can also use Airport Locator Code GCN.” In our experience, mapping Grand Canyon North Rim is a bit tricky. We’ve found it best to use Jacob Lake, Arizona as your

reference point, and from there, the park is 50 miles South via Highway 67. For Grand Canyon West (a.k.a. the “West Rim,”) Meadview, Arizona seems to be the closest mappable location. Insider tip: Be sure to do a “reality check” on all roads you plan to travel. Some mapping sites may inadvertently route you through unpaved roads, which can be impassable in inclement weather or to vehicles without 4-Wheel drive. When in doubt, check it out. Inquire at your hotel front desk, or check road conditions online. For Arizona,

use www.az511.com ; for insurance policies WILL

Utah, NOT

visit www.dot.state.ut.us cover damage sustained

Note that most rental car by taking vehicles off-road!

Travel Tip 4 – What’s the Best Time of Year to Go?

The four seasons are very distinct at the Grand Canyon, and not just in terms of weather. When you choose to travel will depend largely on who you’re traveling with. Most families, for example, will invariably visit the Grand Canyon in the spring and summer (when school is out). If you’re traveling with your spouse, a group of adults or perhaps solo, you’ll no doubt have more flexibility.

For those able to pick and choose when to visit the Grand Canyon, our favorite times of year are late spring and early fall. By late spring, we mean late April to early May. At this time of year, Grand Canyon weather is typically very sunny and pleasant, with daytime highs at the South Rim ranging from 65° to 75°F. Breezy afternoons are the norm (as they are year- round), and wintry weather has been known to resurface at that time of year, but in general, the spring break crowds have subsided slightly and have yet to return to peak of summer levels. Grand Canyon North Rim is not open until mid-May, therefore you would be limited to visiting either Grand Canyon South Rim or Grand Canyon West in the springtime.

Insider Tip: Spring can be an excellent time for viewing wildflowers throughout Arizona. It is, of course, contingent on sufficient precipitation. To monitor wildflower blooms throughout the Southwest, visit www.DesertUSA..com and click “Wildflower Report.”

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