Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon National Park is one of those places you can't overhype. Everyone has heard about it. Everyone has seen pictures. But, when viewed in person, the experience somehow even surpasses the built up expectations.

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The layered dusty red and oranges of the canyon were carved by the Colorado River over millions and millions of years, and can be viewed in several different ways. There are hikes and activities around the canyon, through the canyon, and to the bottom of the canyon and back.

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If you plan on any of the activities around the Grand Canyon, perhaps you should look to avoid winter time in the park.

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Popular viewpoints of the canyon from above include Mather Point . . .

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. . . Yavapai Observation Station and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and Desert View Watchtower . . .

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. . . Horseshoe Bend, and many, many more.

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If you're looking for a relaxing stop after visiting the Grand Canyon, check out Sedona, an Arizona desert community about two hours to the south with purportedly has an abundance of good, natural energy.

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If you want to check more national parks off your list, head north to Utah. Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are about a half-day's drive to the north.

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Of course, if national parks aren't your thing, but you want to check out the Grand Canyon anyway, perhaps Las Vegas should be your destination. You can arrange a quick day trip via helicopter to the Grand Canyon and be back to Vegas to hit the strip at night!

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