Grand Canyon Tours: 1-Day Smooth Water Float Trips!

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Author: Tracy Delvecchio

I'm a travel journalist. Enjoy playing softball. I have two parrots that I adore. Like cooking Chinese meals for best friends and family. Movie buff and my favorite is Harry Potter.

Interested in Grand Canyon rafting without white-water rapids? Smooth-water float tours are great! Perfect for travelers of all ages, these one-day trips are the ultimate way to explore the canyon from the inside out.

Outside the main gate of the Park is Tusayan, AZ, and tours start from there and Grand Canyon National Park. Choose to go by bus or plane to Page, AZ, where you'll end up making an incredible two-mile drive through a tunnel to the base of Glen Canyon Dam.

The Colorado River, offering a gentle ride in the inflatable, motorized passenger river raft, provides a float trip of 15.5 miles. Horseshoe Bend appears right away to remind tourists why it is so famous. The ancient Puebloans made petroglyphs on the walls of the cliff, and today the raft will stop to let you view them.

Want answers to canyon trivia? Feel free to ask your guide. These folks are a font of information and are more than happy to share their knowledge about the area's sandstone cliffs, its blue-green tavertine waters, and the abundant wildlife that make this untouched riparian area their home.

The 2.5 hour float tour ends its journey at famous Lee's Ferry, but halfway through there is a short lunch break. Here, you'll transfer to an air-conditioned deluxe motor coach and begin your journey back to the South Rim. You cross the Navajo Indian Reservation on the way back, as well as enjoy the beauty of the Painted Desert. Purchase real Indian souvenirs and crafts when the coach stops at the Cameron Trading Post.

Plan on a complete day for smooth water float tours, which run April to November. Be up early to join in. Nearly three hours is used by the float trip. Bring sunscreen for trips scheduled during the hot summer months of May through September. Avoid sunburn and overheating by wearing a sunhat and comfortable clothes. Pack a swimsuit if you plan to take a dip. Stay hydrated with the free juice and water found on the raft.

These water-rafting trips are all-inclusive and come with lunch, park fees, professional guide, deluxe motor coach, and free pick up and drop off at all hotel properties in Tusayan and Grand Canyon Village. The Grand Canyon Airport is another option as a pickup point for your trip.

The most affordable package for bus-rafting begins at $170 apiece and climbs from there. Airplane-rafting trips start at $329 per person. Online shopping brings the best deals and prices. Booking online leads to savings of up to 35 percent, a real bargain for those who comparison-shop. Booking these trips online is much safer than you found in the past. There's never been a problem with any of the multitudes of raft trips I've purchased from the Web.

Experience the opportunity to explore the Grand Canyon from the water instead of gazing from the rim. You don't have to conquer Class 5 rapids to do this. The Colorado River has calmer waters upstream that are easily accessible by bus or a quick jaunt by plane. Put your feet in the water. Relax and watch the condors soar. Impressive old Indian drawings are visible from the shore. There's no rush. The best part of your vacation will be taking a float tour over the smooth river water.

Traveler reviewer Tracy Delvecchio reports on Grand Canyon activities. She suggests clicking smooth-water float tours for folks looking for a exceptional pleasure trip.

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