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Grand Canyon National Park

Tyra Morris

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, makes you feel like you’re in a 3d picture. With its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and her Desert View Watchtower. Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is a popular, especially at sunrise and sunset.

One of the Grand Canyons popular sight is the sky-walk. The sky-walk is a glass, horseshoe shape bridge over the canyon. It is 10 feet wide and goes 70 feet over the canyon. The sky-walk is 4,000 feet from the bottom of the canyon. The Legacy Gold pass costs $82 and includes admission, the Sky-walk and a meal. A Legacy Pass plus admission to the Sky-walk and zip line costs $115. For a splurge: The Hualapai VIP tour for $333 includes a tour guide and private transportation, the Sky-walk, a meal, and a Native American gift.

For the hardcore people, you can hike to the bottom of the canyon and camp. You can also raft the Colorado River. To hike to the bottom of the canyon and back, it takes about 2 days. You have to pack lots of water and food yourself. The lower you go into the canyon the warmer it gets. The steepest part of the hike is near the rim.

The Grand Canyon cost $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. The south rim is open all year round including holidays. The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year including holidays. The entrance station is open 24 hours but the Park’s Visitor Center and other facilities are open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the peak months of May-September and off-peak of October-April from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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