With the vastness of its gorges and ridges, nothing can prepare you for the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon. It will excite you and will definitely leave you enthralled! As one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, it is no wonder that this place makes it on every travelers bucket list and is definitely on the “must-visit” list when you plan a trip to the US. Considered as one of the world’s best tourist attractions, it welcomes millions of people across the globe every year who take in the mesmerizing landscapes and jaw dropping sights with a huge number of photographers pouring in to capture its breathtaking views.
If visiting the Grand Canyon is on your list or it is already a part of your ideal itinerary, then the South Rim is open year round and a trip between mid-October and mid-May comes with it fall, winter or spring. The North Rim is only open between mid-May through mid-October and if you want to explore this route, then it is recommended to do a quick check and make sure that the National Park is open during your visit to avoid any disappointments.
Activities to experience in Grand Canyon
It is hard not to get all hyped up with anticipation as you imagine yourself overlooking Grand Canyon. But before you get there, there are certainly more adventures to pass through your trip. If you are ready to take on thrilling experiences, we’ve outlined a few activities for you:
To get the most out of the great outdoor experience, you can take a 2.1-mile trek with your friends to Shoshone Point on the East Rim. It is considered as the best hike in the Grand Canyon National Park and it is far away from the crowds of Hermits Rest and Grand Canyon Village. Pass through the dense forest as the route takes you out to a viewing point with amazing views down the canyon and an almost 360-degree panoramic view! After taking in the sights, settle down for a relaxed picnic back at the end of the trail and check if you have taken your absolute best, social media worthy photo of the magnificent Grand Canyon.
If spending time close to nature appeals more to you, right where the crickets sound and the ruffling of leaves accompany you through the night, then you can go camping in the North Rim Campground or Mather Campground on the South Rim and make your arrangements in advance with National Recreation Service. You can also set up camp at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for a unique experience. Instead of gazing down, you can gaze upwards on the rock formations with the starry night sky for a background. You will need a backcountry permit in advance to get to any one of the campgrounds such as Bright Angel, Indian Garden, and Cottonwood. You will also need to prepare ahead in terms of hiking knowledge and some experience to ensure your safety and the best experience.
If you want to get away from the tourist crowd, go on a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon and take in an aerial view of panoramas that is spread over hundreds of miles. Have a closer look at rock formations which are said to be millions of years old whilst your guide fills you in with lots of facts about the canyon. Imagine peering out the window for a bird’s eye view of the Kaibab National Forest, Colorado River, Painted Desert, Desert View Watchtower, and the Marble Canyon and have your camera handy and take tons of amazing photos.
Skywalk at Eagle Point:
Definitely not for the faint-hearted and one of the things to experience at least once in your lifetime. Brave through and walk on Skywalk’s semi-circular bridge mainly built with glass floors 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon. The 10-foot wide bridge extends up to 70 feet out over the rim of the canyon and if the thought alone makes your heart pump with excitement and your mind race with fear, not to worry, Skywalk is strong enough to handle the weight of seventy 747 passenger jets!
Whether you choose to take the route to the South, North or East Rims, you will find a lot of eye-captivating historic sites to visit. Make sure to pass by the Desert View Watchtower historic district (East of Grand Canyon Village), El Tovar Stables (off Grand Canyon National Park Route 8A), Grand Canyon Inn and Campground (North Rim), Mary Jane Colter Buildings (East of Grand Canyon Village), and the Tusayan Ruins (Grand Canyon National Park).
Grand Canyon offers a lot on top of its promise of outstanding views to make your trip one for the books. Getting the full experience with ample planning will not only warrant you bragging rights but will also give you lasting memories and fuel your desire to keep on uncovering the great wonders our world has to offer.