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Title: The Best Winter Vacations in the Southwest


1
  • Preparing for a Winter Getaway

2
Why Travel During The Winter Season
  • Although families tend to vacation in the summer
    months, winter is an overlooked but excellent
    time for a family vacation.
  • In the winter you can expect fewer crowds, less
    expensive trips (depending on where you travel),
    and the magic of snow.
  • Lets take a look at some of the best winter
    vacation destinations in the Southwestern U.S.

3
Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
  • With milder than average temperatures, winter is
    a great time to visit the alluring city of Las
    Vegas.
  • The amazing hotel resorts in Las Vegas have
    adventures for the whole family, including
    museums, indoor swimming pools, and spas.
  • Hit the slot machines, see a Vegas show, and take
    the family on a helicopter tour from Las Vegas to
    the Grand Canyona must-do on your Vegas
    itinerary.

4
Grand Canyon National Park
  • The Grand Canyon is spectacular any time of year,
    but its particularly magical when covered in
    snow.
  • The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is open 365
    days a year, and theres plenty to do, even in
    the winter months.
  • Take the family for a hike on the Trail of
    Time, look for reintroduced condors in the area,
    or catch a glimpse of the canyon from the air on
    an exciting South Rim airplane tour.

5
Greater Phoenix, Arizona
  • There are so many things to do and see in the
    Greater Phoenix area for the whole family. Here
    are a few ideas
  • Visit Mystery Castle, a Western fantasyland that
    the kids will love.
  • Learn about the Native Americans of the area and
    view thousands of cultural artifacts at the Heard
    Museum.
  • Hike through giant saguaro cactus on Camelback
    Mountain.
  • Take an all-day ground tour from Phoenix to the
    Grand Canyon.

6
Sedona, Arizona
  • Surrounded by spectacular red rock formations,
    Sedona boasts more than 100 hiking trails and
    unparalleled views of the breathtaking Arizona
    desert.
  • Visitors come from all over the world to
    experience The Vortexes, which are said to emit
    spiritual energy straight from the Earth. Take a
    vortex tour to experience it for yourself.
  • Dont miss the Grand Canyon while in Arizona
    take a full-day adventure tour right out of
    Sedona.

7
Tips for Keeping Warm
  • Here are some tips for keeping the whole family
    comfortable and toasty warm on your winter
    vacation
  • Dress in layers - that way you can pull clothes
    off and on as needed.
  • Bring a hat, scarf, and gloves - temperatures can
    drop quickly at higher elevations and at night.
  • Stuff your pockets with hand warmers - hand
    warmers from an outdoor or sporting goods store
    are a welcome relief for chilly digits.
  • Bring a heavy jacket and lighter sweater -
    essentials in cold winter weather.

8
WHEN TO BOOK YOUR TRIP
  • While you may not need to book your trip quite as
    far in advance in the winter months than in the
    summer, its still a good idea to plan as far
    ahead as possible to get the best rates.
  • Plan to make transportation arrangements several
    months in advance, and book special tours at
    least a few weeks in advance.
  • Buying plane tickets? Smartertravel.com offers a
    formula for when to book.

9
See the Sights By Helicopter
  • Nothing quite compares to seeing the Grand Canyon
    by helicopter.
  • Papillon offers a variety of helicopter tours,
    departing from Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon
    Airport as well as combination ground,
    helicopter, and boat tours, departing from
    Phoenix and Sedona.
  • Your family will never forget these
    once-in-a-lifetime tours of the spectacular
    desert.

10
  • Since 1965 Papillon has been the world's oldest
    and largest sightseeing company, flying an
    estimated 600,000 passengers a year on its daily
    Grand Canyon tours. With over forty unique
    excursions featuring spectacular sights of the
    Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Monument Valley, and the
    Grand Canyon, Papillon is proud to offer guests
    an unparalleled perspective of one of the world's
    greatest natural wonders.
  • Visit www.papillon.com or call (888) 635-7272 for
    tour information.

11
Sources
  • http//www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hours.htm
  • http//www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/upload/2013srwint
    er_letter.pdf
  • http//heard.org/
  • http//climbcamelback.com/
  • http//www.mymysterycastle.com/
  • http//travel.usnews.com/Sedona_AZ/Things_To_Do/Th
    e_Vortexes_62185/
  • http//www.smartertravel.com/blogs/today-in-travel
    /why-you-should-book-your-flight-exactly-54-days-i
    n-advance.html?id17812107
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