Traveling enriches us in many ways. It enriches us mentally, for there is always something to learn about the places we explored. There's always that sense of wonder when we experience new environment. It enriches us spiritually, for we get to experience the many forms of God's gifts to man whether it be in nature's wonders or seeing man's ingenuity. It enriches us emotionally, for as we adventure into the unknown we learn more of our inner self and capabilities.
Since I started this blog, I often get queries about travel tips for a Grand Circle Adventure not only from people living in US but also from travelers around the world.
|PARKS AT THE GRAND CIRCLE|
|top going clockwise: Grand Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Monument Valley and Petrified Forest National Park|
|Must Experience: Hiking The Grand Canyon|
|Exploring Lower Antelope Canyon|
5. We are visiting the US and plans to explore Grand Canyon. We would like also to explore Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Arches. We would be flying in and out from Las Vegas. What do you think would be the best route?
Being a Circle of National Parks, there is really no best route. You can start counterclockwise from Las Vegas and hit Grand Canyon first, or you can start clockwise and do Zion first.
However, if one plans to hike the Grand Canyon from rim to river back to rim, I believe, that should be saved last since you may not be able to experience the full magnificence of other nature wonders when you are physically exhausted. If you hike from rim to river then back to rim, the ideal way to do it is several days backpacking, or you could do it in one day safely if you are physically fit.
Here is a glimpse of the National parks that form a circular itinerary where one can go counterclocwise ( Grand Canyon first) or clockwise ( Antelope Canyon or Zion first) from Las Vegas, the major airport closest to these circle of National Parks.
|** you can click this map to enlarge and to see the list of National Parks in the itinerary|
note: Canyonlands National Park is not listed above, because it is in the same area as Arches National Park, in Moab, Utah
A medium circle is formed with Las Vegas-Grand Canyon-Antelope-Monument Valley-Arches and Canyonlands at Moab, Bryce, Zion-Lase Vegas (skips Petrified Forest and Mesa Verde ).
May I also add, though Antelope Canyon is always asked, but nearby Antelope Canyon at Page, Arizona are: Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon Dam National Recreation Area at Lake Powell, which, together with Antelope, are magnificent wonders in such a small area at Page.
Hope this post helps in giving some ideas for a Grand Circle Vacation. I have written individual posts for various places in the Grand Circle, which you can find in the National Parks tab in the above menu, or you can click here.