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The Grand Canyon: Arizona Tour   by Cheryle Hoover Davis

When one thinks of the state of Arizona, in the United States of America, the first thought is the magnificent Grand Canyon. This wonder of the world is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.

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Measurements on paper cannot relay the truly awesome scope of this great canyon, nor describe it's beauty. Postcards, photographs, nor a thousand words cannot aptly give one a true perspective of the vast, rugged canyon carved by the Colorado river.

The oldest human artifacts found are nearly 12,000 years old and date to the Paleo-Indian period. Archeological remains of Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Basketmaker, Ancestral Puebloan, Cohonina, Cerbat, Pai, Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, and Euro-American cultures groups are found at the Grand Canyon.

As there is no longer an airstrip at the North Rim, one must make the drive from the South Rim. It is 220 miles / 354 km by car from the South Rim.

To see the Inner Canyon, one must hike, take a mule ride, or helicopter. The Phantom Ranch is in the Inner Canyon, as are river rafting trips . The trip to the Inner Canyon is for the more hardy, but well worth the endeavor.

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Havasu Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
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Spring and Fall can bring a variety of weather conditions, so one must be prepared for cold, snow, wind, or rain.

Be sure to take plenty of water, especially in the summer months, as the weather is hot and dry! Dehydration can occur quickly. Daytime highs at the river often exceed 105oF. Thunderstorms frequently occur during July, August, and early September.

Winter conditions on the South Rim can be extreme. The road into the North Rim is closed from the first heavy snow in November or early December to mid-May.

Many of the facilities at Grand Canyon are historic and built before current accessibility standards were set. The terrain is rugged with narrow, rocky trails and steep cliffs.

As the Canyon is a National Park, one must obtain a parking permit, which may be purchased at the Entrance Gates, Canyon View Information Plaza, or North Rim Visitor Center.

Saguaro Forest, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA
Saguaro Forest, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA
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Lodging prices range from $52.00 to over $300.00 per night. Be sure to book reservations as far in advance as is possible, especially during the summer months, as these are usually booked WELL ahead. There is no longer a youth hostel at the Grand Canyon. Reservations are handled by Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

El Tovar Hotel was built in 1905 and is one place you will not want to miss. The decor, ambience and a chance to get out of the hot summer sun will draw you to this attraction.

You will also want to visit Desert View Point to enjoy the view from the beautiful Watchtower overlooking the Canyon, designed by architect Mary Colter in 1933.

Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon each year. If you plan a visit, please remember to take your camera, water, dress appropriately, make your reservations early and enjoy one of the truly great wonders of the world!

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About the Author - After many years as a professional artist, DJ, Production Studio manager, Program Director, Master Control Board Operator at a television station, professional writer, and being what she calls a "Jill of all Trades and Master of Some", Ms. Davis has turned her attention to focus on writing. See more of her work at: eHow: http://www.ehow.com/members/Ceile.html
ARIZONA VACATION RENTALS
GREENEHAVEN, ARIZONA VACATION RENTALS
Linda's Lake Powell Condos
Overlooking spectacular Lake Powell, these modern studio condos are located in Greenehaven, Arizona just a few miles from Lone Rock Beach, in the middle of what is called the Grand Circle, national parks like the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are all just day trips from Lake Powell. On-site amenities include a 10-person spa and complimentary parking. 
PEORIA, ARIZONA VACATION RENTALS
Cibola Vista Resort & Spa, Peoria
Welcome to Cibola Vista Resort and Spa. Not since 1929 has a resort opened in the West Valley, just outside of Phoenix, and never before has a luxury resort been planned that preserves the traditions of the American West while offering the finest amenities and comfort for its owners. Nestled between Lake Pleasant and Phoenix lies Arizona's newest luxury resort, Cibola Vista Resort and Spa. Taking its name from the fabled "Seven Cities of Cibola," the resort is the ultimate Vacation experience. Cibola Vista is designed for seven "cities." Six cities are villas and the seventh city is the resort's extensive amenity core. There are public and private courtyards, fountains, Kivas, gardens and reflecting pools throughout the resort, all connected with a series of walkways to enhance the unique village design. 
Comfort Suites Peoria
Built in 1998, the Comfort Suites Peoria in Peoria, Ariz. is located across the street from the Peoria Sports Complex, home to fairs and concerts held throughout the year. The complex also hosts the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners during spring training. Arrowhead Towne Center Mall is within one mile of the hotel. The Coyote Lakes Golf Course is three miles away. Downtown Phoenix is 20 miles from the hotel. The hotel serves complimentary buffet breakfasts daily. The hotel includes an outdoor pool and a spa tub. The 79 suites feature separate sitting areas and include refrigerators, microwave ovens, coffee/tea makers, satellite television with premium channels, complimentary weekday newspapers and complimentary high-speed Internet access.
Extended Stay America Phoenix - Peoria
Welcome to Extended StayAmerica Phoenix - Peoria. Our hotel is designed especially for longer stays with studios featuring fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of work space… amenities you won't find in a typical hotel room. Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, and stovetop, workspace with computer dataport, free local phone calls, personalized voice mail, iron and full size ironing board, on site guest laundry, dining and cooking utensils provided.
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA VACATION RENTALS
Chapparral Suites Resort Scottsdale
Located two blocks from the fashion square, three blocks from old town Scottsdale and one and a half miles from Scottsdale Stadium. Offers 311 two-room suites. Decor includes pale-wood furniture, wrought-iron lamps, framed prints, and earthy hues. all accommodations have microwaves, refrigerators, and high-speed internet access, separate bedrooms and sofa beds.
3 Palms Resort Oasis Scottsdale
The 3 Palms Resort Oasis is a newly remodeled hotel in the heart of Scottsdale Village which puts its guests within easy reach of all that Scottsdale has to offer. Every guest room features a tv with cable, telephone with modem/data port and complimentary local calls, and in-room coffee makers. Hairdryers are available upon request. Suites are available; some with jacuzzi tubs and others with full kitchens.
Hospitality Suite Resort Scottsdale
Imagine a home away from home with beautifully landscaped courtyards, year round sun, and complimentary cocktails under picturesque sunsets. All this can be yours at the Hospitality Suite Resort. Conveniently located at the border of Scottsdale and Tempe, this charming desert getaway continues to give each guest the royal treatment. 
Meridian Condoresorts Scottsdale
Meridian Condoresorts has combined the luxury of handsomely furnished, oversized suites, sparkling swimming pools, tennis courts and other amenities you'd expect from a vacation resort with the convenience of full-size gourmet kitchens, maid service and in-suite laundry facilities.
Scottsdale Links Resort
Nestled between the TPC Desert Golf Course and the breathtaking McDowell Mountains, holds the key to your perfect Arizona vacation setting. The Resort offers spacious suites, a staff committed to excellence, lagoon-style swimming pool, poolside facilities, BBQ area, jacuzzi and spa, licensed massage therapists, steam room, and much more.
Sheraton's Desert Oasis Vacation Villas Scottsdale
The spectacular Sonoran Desert offers the perfect surroundings for Sheraton's Desert Oasis. The luxurious villas at Sheraton's Desert Oasis are situated in a setting of unparalleled splendor in the heart of north Scottsdale, near the renowned Scottsdale Tournament Players Club, host of the PGA's Phoenix Open.
The Westin Kierland Villas Scottsdale
Experience Scottsdale's newest upscale vacation villa resort! Located in the heart of luxurious Kierland, The Westin Kierland Villas beckons you to surround yourself in all the modern comfort of luxury resort living. Richly appointed vacation villas with all of the amenities of home …
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SEDONA, ARIZONA VACATION RENTALS
Adobe Grand Villas Sedona
Nestled at the base of the majestic Thunder Mountain and cocooned by red-rock formations in Sedona, Ariz. The concierge can assist with arrangements for a variety of area excursions, including horseback riding, hot-air balloon rides and mountain biking. Nearby Stride Rock State Park offers fishing hiking and bird watching. Each morning, the hotel serves a specially prepared, complimentary three-course gourmet breakfast. The hotel's chef will prepare intimate and romantic dinners upon request. The resort features a small seasonal outdoor pool with views of the mountains and a year-round spa tub with an adjacent fire pit. The hotel's spa offers a variety of massage and healing therapies, and specializes in couples' treatments.
Los Abrigados Lodge Sedona
A scenic and short drive from Phoenix, Los Abrigados Lodge is surrounded by breathtaking views of the world famous red rocks in picturesque Sedona Uptown. Each of the lodge studio rooms have a gas fireplace, small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker, iron and ironing board, cable TV with HBO, and a private patio or balcony.
Sedona Summit Resort
Sedona Summit offers unparalleled opportunities for relaxation amid stunning mountain scenery nestled in the upper Sedona Plateau. Whether the family is along for a river-rafting trip or you’re taking a much-needed respite, you’ll find everything at Sedona Summit including heated swimming pools, BBQ areas, whirlpool spas and a fitness center. Spend a day swimming and picnicking at Slide Rock State Park and slide down a natural water chute in the center of a historical working apple farm. Once you have returned to your relaxing accommodation, you’ll enjoy your in-room whirlpool or perhaps you will curl up in front of your fireplace.
TEMPE, ARIZONA VACATION RENTALS / EXTENDED STAYS
Marriott Towneplace Suites Tempe
The TownePlace Suites Tempe is strategically located only 6 miles southeast of the Sky Harbor Airport. Marriott's newest solution for longer-stay travelers, TownePlace Suites offers uncomplicated residential living, with your budget in mind. The townhouse community provides the things that matter spacious studios and one and two-bedroom suites. When it's time to relax you can enjoy the outdoor pool and exercise room. For your convenience, there is a guest laundry on the premises. Each of the 118 tastefully appointed guest rooms are feature fully equipped kitchens, and large work spaces with 2 phone lines, personalized voice mail, and on-site business services.
Residence Inn by Marriott Tempe
At Residence Inn, they have perfected the extended-stay experience, by combining all of the comforts of home with a passion for making every guest feel welcome. The 126 spacious suites offer separate living and sleeping areas, plenty of space for relaxing, entertaining or meetings and a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Start your day with complimentary breakfast in the Gatehouse, and join us at the weekly barbecue - a Residence Inn tradition. Take advantage of our pool, heated spa and Sport Court.
TUCSON, ARIZONA VACATION RENTALS / EXTENDED STAYS
Flamingo Suites Hotel Tucson
The Flamingo Suites is a unique hotel, which offers full suites with kitchens in a beautiful desert garden setting. This hotel is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in the Tucson foothills. The Flamingo Suites offers a generous array of amenities, including free local phone calls, complimentary parking, free satellite TV, and a heated swimming pool, in an oasis-like setting. Other conveniences include a coin operated laundry onsite, and a 24-hour restaurant next door. Seven other restaurants can be found within a three-block radius. 
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