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Social Network Arizona reached out to social media for our Social Choice Awards and asked our Arizona friends to vote for the Best Family Attraction in Arizona. After 609 votes and 38 new entries provided by fellow Arizonans, the Grand Canyon has won with 42% (256 in total) votes! Congratulations to the Grand Canyon, our Social Choice Award winner for the Best Family Attraction in Arizona.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most recognizable landforms on Earth, and is Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark. Stretching 277 miles long, with steep rocky walls descending over a mile in depth, the Grand Canyon is inarguably one of this planet’s most interesting places to visit. Although its origin and age are always a greatly debated topic among geologists, the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon cannot be disputed. We are fortunate to have such a natural treasure in our lovely state of Arizona!
According to the 42% of Arizonan’s who voted in our Social Choice Awards poll, the Grand Canyon is also the regarded as the best family attraction. It’s no wonder that Arizona’s nickname is “The Grand Canyon State” and the phrase “Grand Canyon State” appears on license plates throughout Arizona. If you have not yet visited the Grand Canyon now is a great time to start planning your trip. It is a natural wonder that you and your family simply have to see to believe! Whether you visit the canyon for a day or a week, plan your trip ahead and make sure to take advantage of the many different activities you and your family can enjoy.
The Canyon has two distinct sides, the South Rim and the North Rim. Because it is the more accessible part of the park, the South Rim is the Grand Canyon’s most popular destination. The South Rim features the park’s headquarters, and offers a large collection of businesses including hotels, general stores, and much more you may need during your visit. The North Rim’s higher elevation and heavy snow cause the North Rim to close during winter months. Due to its remote location, it is the less visited area of the Canyon. It is ideal for visitors that want to take advantage of the quiet and relaxing beauty of the canyon in solitude.
Several activities you should definitely look into when visiting are tours around the Rim, including tours on bike, jeep, and mule rides, airplane and helicopter rides. The canyon is also a hiker’s paradise and offers miles of caves, trails, and cliffs to explore. The most popular trail, Bright Angel Trail, is 19 miles long and offers a comfortable and safe 2-day hike. Whatever trail you decide, make sure you read the park’s hiking tips so that you’re prepared and well equipped. Rafting is another exciting way to explore the canyon, you can choose from several options for the length of your voyage to explore the canyon from the Colorado River.
Because it makes for such a fantastic family vacation, nearly 5 million people visit The Grand Canyon (http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm) each year. Every child’s visit to the Grand Canyon is always exciting and, to make it even more special, the park offers a Junior Ranger Program to kids age 4 to 14.
With its unique and surreal landscape, it is no wonder why the Grand Canyon was voted The Social Choice Awards Best Family Attraction! Be sure to take advantage of this inspiring landscape and the many adventurous opportunities your family will enjoy!
For more information:
The Grand Canyon on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark
The Grand Canyon Family Programs: http://www.nps.gov/grca/forkids/jrrangerfamily.htm
As a tribute to the Grand Canyon, Social Network Arizona is holding a Grand Canyon picture contest. Post your favorite Grand Canyon photograph to our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SocialNetworkArizona and the photograph with the most likes by November 15th, 2012 will win 15 “Weekly Winnings” tickets to the Arizona Lottery (A $30 value!).