Monday, October 15, 2007

Grand Canyon Getaway for Couples

It’s easy to imagine a romantic getaway for couples when the Grand Canyon is the destination. Imagine the Colorado River, winding its way through nature’s red, pink, brown and beige sculpture known as the one of the world's seven wonders.

The Grand Canyon is a popular getaway for couples, and is open year-round. When looking for accommodations while visiting the Grand Canyon, there are many couples friendly places to stay.
Legacies Bed and Breakfast in Williams, AZ affords a great romantic hideaway not far from the South Rim. The B&B features themed rooms, including a palace suite. After a romantic night for two, the Grand Canyon Railway is available to transport the couple to witness the sweeping beauty of the Grand Canyon.

There are many ways to enjoy the Grand Canyon. For the truly adventurous couples, a mule ride to a campsite in the Grand Canyon itself can provide a spicy adventure. Those who love the outdoors will attest that there’s nothing more romantic than a campfire and the dark night between them and everyone else. For the slightly less rugged, the Phantom Ranch, located at the canyon's bottom, provides indoor accommodations.

There are many great hikes and beautiful points of interest in the Grand Canyon, including Bright Angel, Havasu Falls, South Kaibab Trail, Indian Gardens and more. Some of these are multi-day hikes that can provide couples with a leisurely experience together. Indian Gardens is an especially lovely multi-day hike, complete with time spent along the river and a peek at pictographs.

Are you a couple that's looking for seclusion? There is an out-of-the-way ranch located on the West Rim. Grand Canyon West Ranch is the only lodging on the West Rim, and couples can find romance in a cabin or a tee pee. The cabins have an Old West feel with the modern conveniences of bathrooms and running water. The tee pees are very romantic, with lanterns providing the only light, but the restroom facilities are shared. The ranch also features a delicious candlelit Old West style dinner and entertainment, horse-and-buggy rides and mineral baths fresh from a spring beneath the Grand Canyon Plateau.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a little-known gem. It is only open May through October, but less crowding and cooler temperatures make the North Rim a more than pleasant spot for couples visiting the Grand Canyon.

The spacious Grand Canyon Lodge offers motel rooms, simple and comfortable, as well as a choice of cabins. The frontier cabins are small and cozy, allowing for an intimate atmosphere. The Lodge features a dining room overlooking the canyon, perfect for the romantically inclined. Be aware that dinner reservations are required, and sometimes they need to be made one to two months in advance.

Numerous helicopter rides and tours are available for couples visiting the Grand Canyon. However, you have to go out of the immediate vicinity of Grand Canyon to avail yourself of the air tours. An air tour can be very romantic, however. Some companies offer a champagne picnic along the Grand Canyon, or by the Colorado River, as well as other romantic packages that sometimes include lodgings.

Nothing provides romance like picturesque surroundings, some privacy, and a little bit of adventure. The Grand Canyon readily supplies all the necessary requirements for a romantic getaway for couples.

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