The Grand Canyon, Arizona's most identifiable landmark, is sure to take your breath away. Stretching 277 miles across and one mile deep, the wild Colorado River carves a path southwest along the canyon floor. Whether you're on a family vacation or an adult getaway, sunshine, breezy springtime weather and plenty of outlets for recreation and magical views are sure to make your journey unforgettable.

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You can reach Grand Canyon National Park from main entrances on the South Rim – including the South Rim's eastern entrance – and the North Rim. The Canyon's western edge, home to beautiful Havasupai Falls and the town of Supai, is also accessible via roads on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

Consider the Grand Canyon your hiking paradise. With miles of caves, wilderness and wildlife, the canyon offers unbelievable hiking trails with wonderment around every bend. From challenging switchbacks to slender bridges, narrow tunnels to cascading waterfalls, there are miles of paths to uncover.

For an exhilarating perspective of Arizona's best-known natural wonder, explore the canyon from the Colorado River. Motorized or oar-powered rafting trips, half-day adventures to two-week excursions, splashing your way through mile-high red rock walls will be an experience of a lifetime.

Williams

Commonly referred to as the, "Gateway to the Grand Canyon," the town of Williams is just an hour's drive from the South Rim.

Nestled in the world's largest stand of ponderosa pines complete with Western charm and Route 66 nostalgia, pieces of true Americana still remain today. Williams was the last town located on Route 66 to be bypassed by I-40, and continues to celebrate that historic route with vintage car shows and the Route 66 Cultural Heritage Days. Historic old town Williams is full of interesting shops, galleries and family attractions.

While there, check out the Grand Canyon Deer Farm, an ideal place for children to interact with deer, pygmy goats, llamas, monkeys, miniature donkeys and peacocks. More of a thrill seeker? Head to Bearizona and experience wildlife right from your vehicle while driving three miles through the Black Bear, American Burro, Big Horn Sheep, Dall Sheep and Bison enclosures.

We believe you'll discover that Williams offers the best combination of lodging, meals, shopping and entertainment closest to the Grand Canyon.

Monument Valley

One of the grandest – and most photographed – landmarks in the United States, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a sprawling, sandy preserve that spans the border between Arizona and Utah, bathing the region in rich red hues. Dominated by crimson mesas and surreal sandstone towers – some as tall as 1,000 feet – the area is also known for dramatic, mesmerizing lighting, with the sun illuminating the towers and casting long shadows on the valley floor.

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Located inside the Navajo Nation – one of the largest Native American tribes in the United States – Monument Valley is around four hours northeast of Flagstaff, near the Four Corners area. This is a stop on your Arizona journey sure to leave a lasting impression.

For a complete resource of statewide travel information, visit arizonaguide.com.