As the Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years of being a National Park, discover how you could make 2019 the year you see this most spectacular of natural wonders.
At 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and more than 6,000ft deep, it’s impossible not to be awestruck by the phenomenal vista of the Grand Canyon. Home to more than two billion years of the Earth’s geological history, formed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut through layer and layer of rock, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
But it’s not just the scale of the place that’s amazing – in every nook and cranny there’s something fascinating from treasure troves of ancient fossils to tiny, rare plants. Then there are the animal species, from bald eagles to mountain lions, antelope squirrels to grey foxes. And if you’ve always dreamed of visiting this natural wonder than what better time to do it than this year, with the Canyon celebrating a century since it was designated a National Park.
An escorted tour is one of the best ways to get the most out of your trip and Travelsphere offer three different award-winning packages to experience this gem of the American West. For each they’ll sort out everything from flights to free door-to-door private transfers, accommodation to an expert to guide you round, showing you off-the-beaten track treasures you might not have found on your own.
Discover the Grand Canyon along with eight other national parks of outstanding scenery in their Epic Wonders of the National Parks Tour (departures from April-October, prices start from £2,674). Over 17 days you’ll take in everything from Mount Rushmore to the former trading outpost of Fort Laramie, linked to the Gold Rush, before grabbing your cowboy hat and stepping into the wild west of The Black Hills and Deadwood. You’ll then step under the canopy of towering trees and huge arches of sandstone in Yellowstone before marvelling at Monument Valley and the iconic Grand Canyon.
If you fancy mixing your experience of the great natural world with some of the most iconic American man-made landmarks, you can join either the 15-day America’s Glorious West Tour (departures March-September, prices from £2,399) or the 14-day Best of the West Tour (departures April- November, prices from £2,174). Both take in not just a visit to the Grand Canyon, with the option of seeing it from above by helicopter, but you’ll also see the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the bright lights of Las Vegas. Both also include a drive down part of the iconic Route 66, Yosemite National Park and look at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The Glorious West tour then throws in a tour of Palm Springs, a drive along the Californian coastline and a stop in pretty Sausalito, while the Best of the West trip enjoys a tour of San Diego and a clam chowder tasting in San Francisco.
For more information or to book call 0800 987 5099, go to travelsphere.co.uk or visit your local travel agent.