No matter where you happen to be in the United States of America, you’re never too far away from something extraordinary. Whether you’re on the East Coast, the West Coast, the Gulf Coast, or somewhere else altogether, there are always forests, mountains, deserts, beaches, lakes, oceans, and so much more in your vicinity, and this is why so many Americans spend so much of their free time in the great outdoors, breathing in the fresh air and admiring the breathtaking landscapes all around them.

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The most beautiful places in America have earned National Park status, with the likes of Zion, Yellowstone, and Yosemite standing out as a few key examples. The Grand Canyon and surrounding Grand Canyon National Park also typically feature near the top of any list of the most beautiful places in the United States.

Running for 227 miles and attaining a maximum width of 18 miles, the Grand Canyon is a truly extraordinary location with so much to offer. Countless generations of people have been inspired and amazed by this breathtaking canyon over the years, and millions continue to visit each and every year. Hiking and helicopter rides are common activities at the Grand Canyon, but nothing beats actually getting out on the Colorado river and rafting along through the canyon walls. Here’s how to plan your 3 day Grand Canyon rafting trip.

Getting to the Grand Canyon

If you’re planning a 3-day trip to the Grand Canyon, you’ll want to make the most of your time there. This means it can be highly beneficial to organize your travel arrangements in order to get to the Grand Canyon quite early and have three full days of rafting before you head back home. If you’re in a nearby city like Phoenix or Las Vegas, you can simply drive to the Grand Canyon or take a bus tour.

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If you’re further away, you can choose to fly into Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, which is the closest commercial airport to the Grand Canyon South Rim. It's only an hour and a half away, and you can get private charter flights or commercial US Airways flights to this location. Many flights to Flagstaff Pulliam Airport involve connections in Phoenix, so the journey can be quite a long one, but it’s worth it to get to the Grand Canyon.

3 Day Rafting Trips at the Grand Canyon

Various tour operators offer a range of 3-day rafting trips along the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. Here are some of the examples you might like to consider when planning your own rafting adventure at the Grand Canyon.

- Western River Expeditions - Western River Expeditions offers a 3-day expedition at the Grand Canyon. The journey begins in the lower 100 miles of the Grand Canyon, where the rapids are a little milder than in other sections of the river. This allows you to start off slowly and easily, building up to the trickier sections later on. The rock formations in this part of the river are amazing and you'll see plenty of wildlife along the way. The minimum age for this 3-day rafting trip is 9 and the trip is only available in the tourist season from April through to September. The trip includes full transfers to and from Las Vegas. Call 866 904 1160 to learn more.

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- Advantage Grand Canyon - Advantage Grand Canyon offers a 3-day Western River Expedition, traveling from Whitmore Wash down to Lake Mead. This rafting trip starts and ends in Las Vegas, offering full transfers to and from the Las Vegas Strip, so it's highly convenient for people staying in Vegas. You'll get to try out some other activities, including horseback riding and ATVs, as well as rafting during this 3-day Grand Canyon adventure. You'll travel around 100 river miles in total and encounter a range of rapids along the way, but this tour is suitable for people without too much experience and is a good option for families. Call 888-244-2224 to learn more.

- Wilderness River Adventures - Last but not least, we have the 3-day rafting trip from Wilderness River Adventures. This journey begins at Lees Ferry and finishes at Phantom Ranch, offering a total rafting distance of 88 miles. You'll encounter almost 30 rapids along the way, ranging in intensity and getting larger over the course of the journey. You'll see wildlife, old Native American ruins, and some amazing rock formations along the way, with trained and friendly guides teaching you all about the geology and history of the Grand Canyon. This trip comes with full transportation to and from Page, Arizona. Those interested in this trip can call 800 992 8022 to learn more.