At this national park there is only one phenomenon to explore: A 277-mile-long, 18-mile-wide, 1-mile-deep canyon. The sheer size of it—let alone the soft desert colors, undulating designs on the rocks left from millennia of wind and rain, and the herds of bighorn sheep or bison that call it home—will overwhelm your senses.
And while this beauty has drawn millions of visitors to northern Arizona, Revealed America, a tour company that specializes in luxury national park experiences, can give you exclusive access to places no other member of the public can go. Visit the rim-side home and studio of the Kolb Brothers, who were the first to establish a photo studio at the the canyon in the late 19th century. Then enjoy a sunset picnic with cheese and champagne on a private canyon overlook.
When it comes time to turn in for the night, head to L’Auberge de Sedona. The tranquil, wellness-minded resort may be 100 miles away from the Grand Canyon, but it won’t feel like it when you travel back and forth by helicopter or luxury jeep. Once on the property, check in to the five-bedroom Creekhouse, where you can make yourself a drink at the bar–which is made of 1,200-year-old alligator juniper. Don’t miss the Feet in the Creek spa treatment, where your therapist rinses your feet in healing waters of nearby Oak Creek.