Travel to the Grand Canyon for both a relaxing and educational vacation. Known worldwide as a natural wonder, the Grand Canyon features amazing waterfalls, the raging Colorado River and steep walls ranging over a mile high. For those interested in one of the most intriguing hikes in the Southwest, the Bright Angel Trail in the upper region is one of the most popular. Experience the surroundings of Ponderosa forests at the trail's onset in South Rim Village. As hikers descend, climate zones emerge as Pinon-Juniper scrub in the middle to Sonoran Desert at the bottom of the upper trail. Consider mule services to aid in carrying packs in or out. Find mule services at most Grand Canyon hotels in this elevated area.
Hotels in Grand Canyon are breathtaking. Allowing panoramic views of this naturally sculpted wonder, hotels near Grand Canyon National Park provide optimal opportunities for sightseeing. Not only built for views of the horizon, many hotels at the Grand Canyon utilize the natural rock in building design for guests to observe the strata from geological influence over time.
For a more relaxed atmosphere, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is less crowded with more chances to watch Kaibab Mule Deer wandering in and out of picnic or camping areas. Offering various dining room options for wildlife viewing, many hotels near the Grand Canyon feature glassed in window seats.
Using Expedia’s travel guide, plan a tour of the Grand Canyon choosing from several options ideal for families. It is worth looking into Grand Canyon vacation packages offering tours, flights, and accommodations as well. Upon arrival to the area, consider a rental car as a safe and economical mode of transportation. For those flying into a local airport, rental cars are available either on site or in nearby locations. Most Grand Canyon resorts also offer car rental services as well as bus tours.