The Grand Canyon is beautiful to see and pictures do not do it justice. This is truly a Bucket List experience. We have tips for those of you that want to see it and hike it..yes, hike it!
If you are planning a road tip to see the Grand Canyon, here are a few tips.
- If you’re driving from Phoenix, we recommend spending the night, rather than driving up and back in one day. It’s a lot of driving for one day, plus there are other places to visit along the way there or back – Williams/Route 66, Bearizona, Deer Farm and Flagstaff.
- Suggestions of where to stay:
- Williams – Holiday Inn Express, Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or La Quinta.
- Grand Canyon – Inside the National Park and adjacent the rim, we highly recommend El Tovar. If you don’t stay there, then it’s also a great place to stop for a bite to eat. We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast there!
- Grand Canyon – Just outside the National Park, we recommend The Grand Hotel.
- Flagstaff – Little American is our favorite hotel in town and we’ve stayed there many times.
- Once inside the National Park, we recommend two viewing locations – next to El Tovar is our favorite and Yavapai Point (Next to Geology Museum) is our second favorite lookout spot.
If you’re considering hiking the Canyon, then you’re in for some major memory making! The Grand Canyon is the Mac Daddy of Arizona hiking! While it is beautiful, it is definitely not a hike for the faint of heart. There are signs posted along the trails telling you “Down is optional, but Up is mandatory” and they aren’t kidding.
There are a few options when it comes to hiking the canyon. Depending on the season you can start your hike at either the North or South rim. Most people hike rim to rim with an overnight at the bottom of the Canyon, but some do it all in one day. Some also hike down and back up to the same location. From each rim there are multiple trails to choose from. For those looking to overnight in the Canyon, there are various accommodations – campgrounds and lodging. If you stay overnight, then you can not only rest up for the hike out, but you can explore and even swim in the Falls.
Whether viewing or hiking is your thing, the Grand Canyon is truly Grand and a wonder to see and experience! Be sure to put this on your Bucket List!