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Holidays in the Grand Canyon

Standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, looking down into the chasm with the great Colorado River appearing like a thin line a mile below - this is truly a breathtaking experience that visitors to this remarkable destination will never forget.

For many it is the sheer size that makes it so special, for others it is the layers upon layers of coloured rock that make it unique; whatever it is that makes your jaw drop, from the moment you lay eyes on the Grand Canyon you will understand exactly why this place is regarded as one of the natural wonders of the world.

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Sheer stone cliffs in shades of vibrant reds and oranges extend as far as the eye can see and are contrasted against the bright blue Arizona sky. Meanwhile, the hot desert sun warms your back and the dry desert air fills your lungs. For many people, this spectacle of nature is difficult to believe - even when seeing it with their own eyes.

If you are planning a trip to the USA, our Grand Canyon tours are a wonderful option. Not only will you get to see this landmark in all its glory, but you will also have the chance to explore some of the other fabulous destinations and National Parks that the USA has to offer.

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About the Grand Canyon

Located in the state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon is considered one of the seven natural world wonders. It twists and turns through the desert for more than 277 miles and in some areas reaches a depth of more than 1.13 miles.

It's believed that around 17 million years ago, the geological processes that formed the Grand Canyon began. The Colorado River slowly started to erode the layers of rock below, carving out the canyon as we see it today.

For thousands of years, Native Americans built their homes in the canyon, using caves and outcroppings to provide shelter and safety. Other tribes considered the place to be a spiritual site and made yearly pilgrimages to see it.

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt visited the canyon and established the location as a protected space, stating: "Do nothing to mar its grandeur sublimity and loveliness...keep it for your children, your children's children and all who come after you, as one great sight which every American should see."

Finally, in 1919, the canyon and the area surrounding it became the country's 17th national park.

Arizona's other natural wonders

When planning trips to the Grand Canyon, it's best to include the destination as part of a bigger tour of America, giving you the chance to discover other natural attractions along the way.

Another breathtaking feature of the Arizona landscape is Monument Valley. This location - with its towering buttes that seem to erupt out of the flat Colorado Plateau - will be instantly recognisable to anybody who has ever watched western films and it has been used as a setting for countless other movies and television shows throughout the years.

There's also the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. Both located in the Arizona badlands, the former is notable for its brightly coloured hills and cliffs - which are stratified to show different layers of silt and stone, giving a striped appearance to the region.

Meanwhile, the Petrified Forest features large deposits of petrified wood and fossil-rich stone, making it a popular destination for those interested in prehistoric flora and fauna, as well as hikers, photographers and anyone who simply wants to see some exquisite scenery.

Part of a bigger adventure

As well as the natural wonders of Arizona, those on tours to the Grand Canyon may also choose to see even more of America.

For example, cities like Dallas and San Antonio are steeped in history and give visitors a glimpse of the big and bold lifestyle of Texas. While Grand Canyon tours can also be easily combined with a trip to Las Vegas.

Or why not a road trip across the US, with a trip along Historic Route 66? Running from Chicago, through St Louis, Amarillo, Albuquerque and finally to Long Beach, California, this is a fabulous option for those seeking great journeys through a number of states.