Tour the Grand Canyon
Tourist activities and Grand Canyon area visitor information
Recommended by: Major John Wesley Powell
When we got to the Grand Canyon it was really fun because we hiked around a little bit one day, but the next day we got to ride a mule to some really cool lookout places! There is also a learning program at the Visitor Center where you can become a junior ranger when you learn about the Grand Canyon.
When visiting the Grand Canyon, there are a million beautiful places where one can stop to marvel at the amazing all-natural beauty that has captivated visitors for many, many years. While the Grand Canyon is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in the world, more than 5 million people flock to see it every year. It is hard to experience the true wonder of the canyon when being jostled and nudged by other tourists trying to snap the perfect photo or keep their kids from toddling off the edge!
When you reach Canyon Village near the South Rim, there are a few nice restaurants, some gift shops, and plenty of buses that can take you to various viewing areas nearby. If you are more interested in learning about the history and points of interest at the various viewing spots, there are always park rangers at the visitor's center who are there to explain about the area and all the things that make the canyon so unique.
If you want to get a real understanding of the beauty without all of the tourist-y stressors, it is necessary to move away from the rim visitor centers and hit the trails. There are many trails to choose from, some simply lead to different overlook points, while others take you down into the canyon itself. Even if you don't have time to hike all the way to the bottom and spend the night at the Phantom Ranch, I would suggest taking as much time as you can spare to hike down the trail even a little ways below the rim so that you actually get a feel for how grand the canyon really is.
Visiting with small kids is generally a little stressful, because the hiking is too strenuous, but traveling the rim by car takes so long that children will grow bored with the excursion. Most kids probably will not truly appreciate the expanse of the site unless they are around 8-10 years old.
1 Village Loop Road, Canyon Village, AZ (No ZIP)
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|Jacob Tip: In the summer it is cooler if you can get up early and go hiking in the morning before the sun gets too high in the sky! In the winter you might want to wait till afternoon for nicer weather!|
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