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Visit Arizona Series 1 of the best 12

Blog by Tomi (Tomyal Emptage) | November 11th, 2011

Visit the Grand Canyon

Once a month for 12 months I will be bringing you Arizon's 12 best places.  Enjoy!!

Plan your trip now for the spring.

Grand Canyon National Park

Why go: The Grand Canyon is one of the most photographed places in the world, yet no photo can do it justice. Even the best picture is missing a big portion of the abyss, and there are miles of canyon beyond that, and beyond that. Photos cannot capture the silence, the smell of pine, the sound of a windy day. The South Rim is a half-day drive from the Valley, it's affordable and it's accessible to just about anyone, from those who simply want to gaze over the edge to those who want the challenge of hiking to the bottom. Some people spend their lifetimes exploring the Canyon. How hard can it be to see it just once?

Insider tip: Visitation is lower in the winter months (except for the week from Christmas to New Year's), so it's easier to get hotel rooms and backcountry permits.

Best time to go: Year-round. (U.S. 67 from Jacob Lake to the North Rim is closed from mid-October to mid-May.)

Admission: $25 per vehicle, good for seven days.

Details: 928-638-7888, www.nps.gov/grca.

Raft the Salt River

Why go: This canyon, which divides the Fort Apache and San Carlos Apache reservations, is not as big as the Grand Canyon, but it's pretty spectacular, and it's only about 40 miles northeast of Globe. You can drive there and admire the view from the overlook, but the best way to explore the canyon is by raft, through thrilling rapids and long, peaceful pools. Half-day trips start at $75; three-day trips start at $555.

Insider tip: Good snowpack in the White Mountains is the key to a good, long rafting season. The season will be shorter in drought years.

Admission: Free to drive through; tribal permits are required for hiking and other recreation. www.sancarlosapache.comwww.wmatoutdoors.org.

Best time to go: Spring.

Details: Canyon Rio Rafting: canyonrio.com. Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours: www.mild2wildrafting.com. Salt River Rafting: saltriverraftingllc.com. Wilderness Aware Rafting:inaraft.com.

This article is from azcentral.com please read the full article here.