Most of my friends spend their days planning their wedding dress and checking out floral arrangements online, but I'm comparing cruises and highlighting hotel packages. I can't wait to go and spend weeks with just me and my new husband exploring the world and having the trip of a lifetime - together as man and wife. There are so many options for a honeymoon, and I want to make sure our honeymoon is unforgettable. Who knows when we'll be able to go on a big holiday like this again? I can't wait to share our journey with my readers.
With its opulent casinos, glitzy light shows and big-name entertainment, Las Vegas is one of America's most spectacular holiday destinations. But nearby ("nearby" by American standards, anyway) is an equally-spectacular but completely different sight. Over a mile (1.6 km) deep in places, the Grand Canyon stretches through the state of Arizona. A Grand Canyon bus tour from Vegas is a great way to visit the canyon, but there are some things you can do to make the experience go more smoothly. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your visit.
Plan in advance
The Grand Canyon is one of America's most beautiful national treasures—and also one of its most popular tourist destinations. Crowds during the most popular tourist season can be heavy, and tours can fill up early. If you know when you're going to be visiting Las Vegas, be sure to book your visit to the Grand Canyon in advance.
Be prepared for a long trip
It's 280 miles (450 km) from Las Vegas to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Either make sure you have something to read or entertain yourself by enjoying the desert scenery. You can even combine both by reading up on the history, geology and ecology of the Grand Canyon on your trip. When you arrive, you'll have the knowledge you need to appreciate the majestic landscape in all its glory—and to impress your fellow visitors.
Arizona is dry and hot, with summer daytime temperatures in parts of the state approaching 50 C. Temperatures around the Grand Canyon usually aren't that high, but 29 C isn't uncommon. You'll have experienced the same dry desert heat in Las Vegas, but on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon you won't be quite so close to the nearest bar.
Make sure you bring and drink plenty of water—a couple of litres is ideal. If you think you've had enough water during your trip, you're probably wrong. In the autumn and winter, temperatures are much more moderate.
Grand Canyon National Park may have high temperatures in summer, but it can also be very windy. Low temperatures in the morning and evening can be very cool. Even on a short visit, you may find yourself wishing you had something a little warmer—or a little cooler. Wearing layers is the best way to adapt to the Grand Canyon's variable temperatures.
A visit to the Grand Canyon is a chance to see the majesty of the southwestern environment firsthand. In order to enjoy your trip to the utmost, be sure to respect that environment and prepare for it.Share
30 October 2014