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Insider Tips About Grand Canyon Vacation, Beyond the Grand Canyon

  1. By Kevin
  2. On Jul 5, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

If you're planning a summer vacation beyond the Grand Canyon, this insider tips about Grand Canyon vacation right for you now. Guide you travel around the Grand Canyon National Park.

Insider Tips About Grand Canyon Vacation

Originally from Connecticut, I grew up exploring New England before moving to New York City for college. After brief stints in Dublin and London, I took my passion for all things travel to Fodor's. Places recommended for your tourism there.

FLAGSTAFF

Nestled under the shadow of the San Francisco Peaks, this laid-back city is part mountain retreat and part college town, resulting in the ultimate Southwest experience for anyone looking for outdoor adventures and hip restaurants, bars, and shops. During the summer, Flagstaff is a welcome respite from the triple digit temperatures that hit the rest of the state, and visitors take advantage of this with plenty of hiking, biking, and rock climbing activities, as well as more than fifty-five miles of urban trails and dozens of city parks. In the winter, visitors head to the Arizona Snowbowl for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter fun. Local eateries and breweries like Proper Meats + Provisions and Mother Road Brewing Company make sure you don’t go hungry (or thirsty), and as a stop on the former Route 66, Flagstaff also indulges those looking for good ole Americana nostalgia.

Insider Tip: Get up close and personal with some Ponderosa pines at the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course located within Fort Tuthill County Park, a self-guided adventure course complete with obstacles, zip lines, and plenty of tree climbing.

Insider Tips About Grand Canyon Vacation

NAVAJO NATION

Long before the gunslingers and mountain climbers came to Arizona, American Indian tribes settled the land, and today twenty-two distinct tribes still call the state home. There are several museums dedicated to their cultures and customs, as well as monuments that serve as historical testaments to their contributions, including the Wupatki National Monument, Canyon de Chelly, and Monument Valley.

The largest area is known as Navajo Nation (divided into East and West), which spans the northeast quarter of the state. Note that each reservation is considered its own government and has its own unique, and often strict, visiting hours and rules; many sacred places are off-limits to non-American Indians. Just outside the confines of Navajo Nation is the small trading post of Cameron, which was originally created as a spot for settlers to trade with American Indians and today has a restaurant and hotel and is considered the best place to find authentic Indian products and crafts.