Is it still really necessary to present the Grand Canyon? I doubt it. This canyon dug by the Colorado River is one of the seven wonders of nature and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. We arrived at the Grand Canyon National Park at 7pm because the best times to see the canyon are at sunrise and sunset. A friend told us, "I went to the Grand Canyon several times, and each time I saw something different." That's right, the diversity of shadows and lights offered by changing sun are breathtaking. You will soon feel very small. The Grand Canyon is obviously a must! You can't miss it!
Antelope Canyon is a photographer hot spot. Most travelers flock to the Upper Antelope Canyon because it is more accessible. Both of the upper and lower Antelope Canyon are restricted and are managed by the Navajo tribe. Navigating around the Lower Antelope Canyon requires a certain amount of fitness because there are some climbing and scrambling to do. It is less touristy here and a better place to put your camera into action. Take note that timing is a important aspect when visiting the canyons because sunlight shines through at certain timing.
There are some impressive views from a place called Horseshoe Bend near the town of Page, Arizona. It's location is well-marked and after you park your car it´s about an 8 minute walk to get to this breathtaking view of the famous Colorado River bend as it almost reaches the Powell River. Just be careful, there aren´t railings!
Lake Powell can be found near the town of Page, which is one of the areas with the best access to the lake is, between Arizona and Utah. The lake has become a recreational area with the possibility of boating on the lake and practicing the national sport in the area- fishing. It is an artificial lake created from the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, completed in 1963. You've got to take a boat ride and see its canons.
Most people know the Grand Canyon for its south side, closest to Vegas. But the north is equally spectacular, with different views and paths that allow miles of winding cliffs. It has a beautiful lodge, where you can rest, or just a have coffee sitting at a great window, regardless of the ravine. The tour is perfect if you also have a visit to the Park Bryce Canyon, Arches, Zion, and the wonderful outdoors of Utah. The sunset is a magical and unforgettable, the grandness of the valley (the biggest natural construction I've seen) and the sun setting over the land.
The Mather Point is one of the best viewpoints of the Grand Canyon. It can be accessed by private car and a big parking area. It is the busiest but it defintely is for a reason. It is the first view you have coming from Tusayan.
Sedona is located 1 hour or so of Flagstaff, where perhaps you will be visiting the Grand Canyon. The city (or town) itself is very touristy: the main street is lined with souvenir shops, restaurants, offices to rent jeep tours or helicopter tours to see the grand canyon.
Another feature is the attention given to meditation, the chacras, and the vortex: apparently, there are five vortices of cosmic energy, which favors the spiritual activity of humans ... Hence, there are many stores selling stones chacras reading or giving relaxing massages.
But besides this picturesque appearance, which adds beauty to the surrounding city, there are the red rock canyons, including the route called the "cathedral". It is impressive, and there many more routes to explore between these magnificent landscapes! You can pick up information and maps for any of these walks at the tourist information center, which is located in the same street.
Bad news: Route 66 does not exist anymore. At least not in its entirety or as intended. It is impossible to completely go through it. Many sections have been superimposed by other routes with an entirely different spirit. Good news: it still has perfectly passable sections where many people are reluctant to leave the 66th. John Pritchard, who kindly keeps the Hackberry General Store in Arizona, a store that keeps the spirit of Route 66 intact and where you can have some fun as well as souvenirs, books, maps and everything related to the road. The store front has the appearance of an old gas station and at the bottom you can access a small outdoor museum in honor of the old vehicles that plied the route. It also has places to picnic and rest. It is a must, do not miss it. Next destination, also on the 66: Seligman
The bad news is that Route 66 does not entirly exist anymore, at least or I thought it would. It is impossible to drive only on the route because many sections have been superimposed by other routes entirely. The good news is that there is still perfect sections where many people are reluctant to let the 66 and it's spirit go into oblivion. This is the case of John Pritchard, who kindly serves the Hackberry General Store in Arizona, a store that keeps the spirit of Route 66 alive and where you can have some fun buying souvenirs, books, maps, rubbings and everything related the mother road. The store front has the appearance of an old gas station and has a small outdoor museum in honor of the old vehicles that drove the route. It also has places to picnic and rest. It is a must-see, do not miss it. The next destination you should see on the 66 is the following: Seligman
Here is where you have to change your car for a spot in one of the park's public buses. In summer the lines are very long. The bus will stop at the different stops, and the views are more or less the same. They allow you enough time to get off and look before another bus comes along. The last stop is Hermist rest. This place is in memory of a Quebecer named Louis Boucher, who planted a vegetable garden in the year 1890 while searching for gold in the area. There is a typical monument and a commemorative photo of Hermist having traveled the route.
Navajo Point is one of the highest vantage points to enjoy views of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, only surpassed in height by the watchtower at the nearby link: Desert View. As here: Lipan Point, you can see it is called "Grand Canyon Supergroup", a formation of sedimentary rocks in other parts of the canyon which have been completely eroded. They are visible above the river to the other side of the canyon and are composed of long, thin brown lines, gray and black layered with an inclination angle of about 20 degrees. Another interesting place, besides those already mentioned, is the: Moran Point , about 10 miles west on the same road.
Whatever view you have will be impressive, but at the Skywalk it's really something incredible! If I remember well, its over 1200 meters high. Also the floor is made of crystal and the sensation is indescribable. It´s worth paying the 40$ to experience it.
You'll think you're in the middle of a road movie, and you are. Route 66 is the road made romantic. Altogether it is more than 4,000 kilometers long, and anything can happen. Get Your Kicks on Route 66!
One of the great discoveries that I made on my trip to the American West Coast was Toroweap. The viewpoint at the "bottom" of the Grand Canyon (3000 feet above the river!) This is one of the points where both sides of the canyon are closest together. Because access is rather difficult, there is a lookout prepared for the hordes of tourists, therefore, no barriers or devices that separate you from the 3,000-foot vertical drop to the Colorado River. It is a spectacular place. You can get there in an hour via a dirt track well marked and in which one can not get lost if you follow the directions. For the last 20 you need a 4x4, especially because of the height of the bumps. I recommend it!
If we go from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon (on Interstate 40, old Route 66), this is the last village we find before taking a detour to the north that will take us to the south rim of the canyon. This town has a long tradition of people stopping on Route 66. Here travelers can find everything they need for the night. There are bars, restaurants and motels. These motels are a good option if we don't find room in any of the hotels in the Grand Canyon Village). If you decide to stop in this town, be sure not to miss a bar called Twisters, that is carefully decorated like a typical American 50's bar.
If you're thinking about visiting the Grand Canyon, you must be wondering where to go for the best views. It's difficult to answer precisely...everything depends on the weather, the season, and even the time of day. But despite all this, I'm happy to recommend Moran Point. Popular with photographers and painters, you can find beautiful views here...the Red Canyon, dotted with green, ochre, red and grey, is particularly stunning. Named after the landscape artist Thomas Moran, whose work of the Grand Canyon in 1873 helped popularize it, it is certainly one of the best places to visit in the area.
One of those forgotten corners in the American West. (Monument Valley takes all visitors interested in Indian reservations.) Near a main road, which connects the city of Page to Monument Valley. The basic tour inside the park is short, so I think that should be a must, if only to rest for a few hours. Basically what you can see are the ruins of an Indian village carved into the rock. There is a gazebo (less than half an hour walk) with stunning views across the cliffs, a cave and inside the village. I started to follow another path that seemed to take the town, but being March, there was still snow and what was worse, ice, so I decided not to continue my adventure ...
Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona and it has one of the best universities in the state. It's a sprawling and fairly quiet campus. It is surrounded by the Sonora desert and the views are wonderful. Tucson was established in 1700 by a Jesuit and was later developed as one of the most important towns in the Old West. The buildings are a mixture of Spanish, Mexican, and old and new American architecture. The court is the most beautiful building in the city. It has a gorgeous dome that can be seen from from away. There's lots of stuff to do in this city.
Just outside of Tucson, you can find the AMARC (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center), located at Davis Monthan military base. It has more than 5000 exhibits on display, and it is considered to be the largest airplane cemetary in the world. The photos are taken from the road, but the military base has a museum, open from Monday to Friday, which includes a guided tour of the premises.