Results of Inaugural GrandCanyon.com Travel Poll Announced
October 16, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsPage, Arizona, October 16th – GrandCanyon.com’s first ever Grand Canyon travel survey has been completed. The results do reaffirm long-standing practices, and also hint at a growing openness to off-season travel to the popular Northern Arizona park.
43% of 115 people polled anonymously on GrandCanyon.com indicated that they would be taking their Grand Canyon vacations in the fall, which is perfectly logical, according to GrandCanyon.com’s president, Karlyn Bunting. “The majority of Grand Canyon National Park visitors plan their trip a few weeks, maybe a month in advance at the most,” he says.
A good many would-be Grand Canyon vacationers are apparently open to suggestion as to when to take their trips. A full 20% of the poll’s respondents said they were “curious what time of year was best” to visit the Grand Canyon. Karlyn has a few suggestions for those individuals. “Late Spring or early Autumn are the best times of year to visit the Grand Canyon for nice weather and lack of crowds. So if you really do have a choice of when to come, pick late April to early May or late September to early October.”
Probably the most interesting revelation was the amount of interest in winter vacations to the Grand Canyon. Traditionally a very cold and quiet time of year at the Grand Canyon, 16% of those surveyed said they planned to tour the area then. Says Karlyn: “Winter at the Grand Canyon can be stunning, especially with a dusting of new-fallen snow. It’s cold, whether it snows or not, so pack warm clothing and a sturdy pair of shoes. Also, bad weather can result in road closures and other delays, so don’t schedule your vacation too tightly. Have a couple of days ‘cushion’ just in case.”
Another incentive to visit during the off-season? Many Grand Canyon hotels reduce their rates after November 1st. Reservations can also be easier to get, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmastime. Karlyn emphasizes that “you absolutely must make advance reservations for Grand Canyon lodging for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Those holidays are just as busy as summertime.”
Grand Canyon.com is a Tourism Internet Marketing company based in Page/Lake Powell, Arizona who specializes in helping visitors get the most out of their Grand Canyon vacations. They provide free Grand Canyon vacation information and reservations services for Grand Canyon hotels and Grand Canyon Tours from Grand Canyon South Rim, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Sedona, and Page/Lake Powell. “The Insider’s Guide to the Grand Canyon: Fall Edition” is available as a free pdf download at http://www.grandcanyon.com/fallguide.pdf. Advance copies of the Winter Edition of the guide can be obtained by calling (866) 944-7263 (Toll Free in US) or (928) 645-6845 (International Toll).