Grand Canyon

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Thrill-seekers and arm-chair adventurers alike can find the perfect way to enjoy the Grand Canyon. Choose from whitewater rafting and hiking to horseback riding and helicopter rides.

Things to do in Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Hualapai Tribe-commissioned Skywalk opened to mixed reviews in March 2007 (some believe the area should not have been developed). Its see-through, horseshoe-shaped bridge is located 4,000 feet above the base of the canyon.

Grand Canyon West, 877-716-9378, www.grandcanyonskywalk.com
Tags: family | views | things to do | culture | architecture

Helicopter tours

What better way to appreciate the Grand Canyon than from above? Helicopter tours afford an eagle’s eye-view of this natural wonder.

Papillon, 800-528-2418, www.papillon.com
Tags: smart splurge | views | things to do | adventure

Hiking

Of the many trails that lead into the canyon, the most popular are the 5.6-mile South Kaibab Trail and the 9.7-mile Bright Angel Trail. Warning: hiking into the canyon can be strenuous – children and inexperienced hikers shouldn’t venture too far down.

Grand Canyon Hiker, www.grandcanyonhiker.com
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors

Hitch a ride on a mule

Travelers have been descending into the canyon on these sure-footed mammals for a century. Ride the mules down to the Colorado River, eat and stay at the Phantom Ranch, and return the next day.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/mule_trips.htm
Tags: things to do | outdoors | wildlife

Horseback riding

Why hike when you can ride? Guided horseback tours take visitors on rides through the Kaibab National Forest and along the canyon’s rim, which offers views of the canyon.

Grand Canyon Reservations, 800-408-2052, www.grand-canyon.com
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | horseback riding

Whitewater rafting

Whitewater rafting on the Colorado River has long been high on the list for adventure seekers. Several outfitters are available, but we recommend Grand Canyon Tour Company; reserve in advance. Expert rafters who want to go it alone must request a permit from the park service (800-959-9164).

Grand Canyon Tour Company, 800-222-6966, www.raftingthegrandcanyon.com
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | adventure | boating

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