Instead of spending another spring break at the beach, why not consider something truly unique and exciting? Spring break at the Grand Canyon is something that you will remember for the rest of your life. Not only are there many great things to see and to do there, but the temperatures in the spring are not too hot or too cold - just perfect. You’ll also avoid the massive tourist crowds you generally see in the summer.
Here are some of the many reasons you should make the Grand Canyon your destination for spring break this year:
Hiking, Rafting, and Other Outdoor Activities
There is nothing quite like taking a hike through the Grand Canyon. Whether you choose a short and quiet walk along the North Rim or spend the day traversing the South Rim along Hermit Road, you will experience beautiful scenery, wildlife, and clean, fresh air wherever you go. Just make sure that you have enough space on your phone or camera to capture all the stunning imagery you will encounter along the way.
Hiking is just one way to see the Grand Canyon. If you are looking for some excitement, you can go whitewater rafting through certain parts of Colorado River, which will provide you thrills no amusement park could ever match. If, however, you are looking for a more relaxed journey, other parts of the river will give you a real laid back experience.
Unique Camping Opportunities
While most of your peers will be cramped inside boring and overpriced motel rooms by the beach this spring break, you can spend your vacation outside under the stars. There you can also enjoy campfires, cooking, and connecting with your closest friends in nature. What's more, if sleeping bags and tents aren’t your thing, you can also rent an RV and stay at a campsite within the park that can provide all the amenities you need.
Thrilling Attractions at the Grand Canyon
At the Grand Granyon, there is no shortage of adventure for you and your friends. The Grand Canyon can provide all the thrills your heart can take. Not only can you go whitewater rafting, but you can also take a 3,500-foot zip line ride. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you can take a walk along the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is a circular glass walkway that provides stunning views that you have to see to believe. You can even go skydiving at the Grand Canyon South Rim!
If you are short on time and want to see the best views of the Grand Canyon, there are also helicopter tours that will take you right to the floor of the canyon. Some tours bundle several adrenaline-pumping experiences all into one, so you won’t miss a thing.
A Breathtaking Escape From Everyday Life
The Grand Canyon is called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World for good reason, and spring is one of the best times to see it. This is because the desert is in full bloom at this time of the year. You will see vibrant wildflowers everywhere. Also in the spring, the canyon often experiences something called inversion, in which clouds of fog fill every nook of the canyon, creating a surreal scene you can’t see anywhere else in the world.
If you and your friends enjoy the outdoors and need to get away from the stress of school, work, and bills, the Grand Canyon offers an excellent escape. The sunsets alone are enough to jumpstart your motivation, so you’re relaxed and ready to jump back into your everyday life.
Great Accommodations and Restaurants
Camping is not for everyone, even in an RV. If you would prefer more comfortable accommodations, the Grand Canyon has got that, too. There are actually six different lodges to choose from, each with their own spectacular views and dining options. Among these is the Phantom Ranch, which is the only formal lodging available directly on the floor of the canyon. If luxury is what you are looking for, you can stay at the El Tovar Hotel, which will provide you with first-class accommodations.
With spring break being just outside of peak tourist season, rooms at the lodges this time of year are usually available at very reasonable prices - perfect for students or those traveling on a budget! Skip the mainstream spring break crowds and opt for a little adventure. The Grand Canyon provides a unique and thrilling experience without breaking the bank.
Not Far From Las Vegas and Other Major Cities and Attractions
Spending your spring break at the Grand Canyon does not mean that you have to be there for your entire vacation. If you didn’t know, the West Rim of the Grand Canyon is only about two hours from Las Vegas. Even if you decide to stay in Las Vegas for spring break, several Grand Canyon tours are offered that will pick you up directly from your Las Vegas hotel and have you back that evening after a full day of exploring the canyon.
While you’re at it, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are just outside of Las Vegas, and many bundled tours will take you to all three destinations! You’ll be able to experience the thrills of Las Vegas and the beauty of the Grand Canyon, getting the best of both worlds.
In the end, the Grand Canyon is a one-of-a-kind experience that can offer you thrills and adventure away from the typical spring break crowds. So pack your bags and get ready for a spectacular experience that will leave you refreshed and inspired.