Places to visit in Grand Canyon National Park

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Places to Visit in Grand Canyon National Park


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Top Attractions in Grand Canyon National Park

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  • Nathan
    Portsmouth465 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arrived on the train and went down to the top of the Bright Angel trailhead (10 min walk) to get away from the crowds. Lovely spot for a snack and to look out on the canyon. We had snow on our visit and it was cloudy most of the time, but every now and again the cloud fully lifted and it was there for all to see. We headed into the historic village for a look around, including the Hopi House and El Tovar hotel where we found the locations seen in National Lampoons Vacation using the pattern of the rocks on the wall. The visitor centre felt more like a gift shop than a place of information but there was plenty to see and do for the 3 hrs we were there before taking the train back to Williams. Think we got lucky due to the weather which meant the crowds were lower than normal, but it must be not as pleasant on a very busy day. Visiting a bit out of season despite the snow has its postives.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • bolkin
    New York City, NY206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We hiked down to Skeleton point, with 2 pre-teen kids. There was no ice at the top when we started at around 9:30am, and we made it downtown to Skeleton Point in under 2 hours, and back up in another three, with a few snack and photo stops along the way. We hiked in tennis shoes and without hiking poles, and that worked due to the weather being in the 50s. When we arrived back at the top, the trail was a lot busier than when we started, especially from Ooh Aah Point towards the top. I'd recommend starting earlier in the day, and wearing lots of layers, as it was cooler ehen we started out, then got much warmer as we were going back up. It's an amazing hike!
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • Dacen K
    Spokane Valley, WA40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did this the second day of enjoying the park. Did not go all the way to the bottom. But went to the second water station. This is a very difficult hike, so be prepared if you are going to tackle it. Unbelievably beautiful .
    Written 15 October 2023
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  • Sunsetbum
    Matthews, NC331 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place was amazing. It’s a bit out of the way but well worth it! We visited the west end and was not impressed at all but this is totally different!
    Written 27 October 2023
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  • Jurora
    Peterborough, Canada577 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Who wouldn't rate this a 5 star attraction! The views were outstanding, and such a natural setting...not man-made!! Hubby and I visited together this time, and I had last been here with my parents and siblings in Aug of '69 and '73, then March of '76. I am afraid of heights, so I didn't look over too much. We started at Mather Point, where my legs would not allow me to go up to the lookout, but my hubby did, and he was in awe, with his mouth open, of the beauty and depth of the Canyon. He had never been before, so all new to him. We walked along, westward, and with quite a bit of snow and some icy bits on the trail, that made me more nervous, so I held his arm, not closest to the edge. The trail can be close to the edge of the Canyon, and we wondered why the park didn't have logs or rocks along those areas, for more of a protection from the edge. My daughter felt that way too, when she visited in May of 22. I was okay to go out onto a lookout area, that had railings along it, and another area much further along that has a gift shop building, right at the edge, so I was able to look below, inside this building, where I felt safer. It wasn't a complete drop-off at that area though. That was close to the Bright Angel Trail. We did use the bus service within the park, to get to that area and back. We did go into another gift shop, beforehand, and earlier at the Visitor's Centre, we went in to the theatre to watch a film on the history, nature and all about the park. A must see! Luckily we were there late morning until mid aft, when it was sunny, with just a bit of breeze, because later pm, the gray clouds came in, and the wind picked up! We were there 3.5 hours.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Icarus4335
    Colorado Springs, CO821 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This trail runs basically the entire length of the southern side of the park. I think the only stop you can't access is Yaki Point. The trail is more of a walkway and is paved for the vast majority of it. There was at least one section along the red shuttle line that was unpaved (I think between Hopi and Mojave Points...maybe a little past). The paved sections are also pretty wide, so it never felt too busy. There are plenty of lookouts.
    Written 27 March 2024
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  • ldgp14
    Walsall, UK2,873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Grand Canyon is truly one of the natural wonders of the world and the view from Mather Point is unbelievable. It costs $35 to enter the park in a single vehicle for up to a week which is worth it even if you only spend a couple of hours there. The view truly takes your breath away.
    Written 3 April 2024
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  • Diana S
    North Branch, MN133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be sure to go into at least the lower level of the tower; there are some views that you can't see as well from the main outlook.
    It is a short walk from the parking area to the viewpoint and tower, and there are restrooms and a gift shop.
    We very much enjoyed coming up from Flagstaff to the eastern entrance. There is a lot more to see--those huge vistas, different plants, ranches and other land forms--than driving back south from the main visitor center. We didn't have a wait to get in (Thursday morning).
    Written 1 November 2023
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  • Diana S
    North Branch, MN133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An awe-inspiring view; our favorite along the South Rim. You can see for miles in all directions. It wasn't as crowded as the main visitor center or Desert View Tower, either. We were there in late morning, which means the shadows and colors aren't as dramatic as they are near sunset or early morning, but it was still amazing.
    We very much enjoyed coming up from Flagstaff to the eastern entrance. There is a lot more to see--those huge vistas, different plants, ranches and other landforms--than driving back south from the main visitor center. There weren't any waits to get in, either.
    Written 1 November 2023
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  • SoCalOregonian
    Murrieta, CA10,390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the many viewpoints located along the south rim of the canyon that affords spectacular views.
    To access this spot, you can walk, bicycle, or ride the shuttle bus.
    Written 21 August 2023
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  • SneakinDeacon
    Christiansburg, VA1,490 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our group had allotted about 4-hours to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. In order to get an idea of what to see and do during our limited time we stopped at the Visitors Center and talked with one of the Rangers. Like always the Rangers were very helpful and told us the one thing we had to do was take the trail down to Bright Angel Point. The trail begins at the North Rim Visitor Center and according to the Rangers the trail is rated as “Moderate” The maintained dirt trail to the point is about a mile, give or take. For the most part you are descending from the Visitors Center to the Point, so the return trip is mostly up hill and a little strenuous for out of shop people like me. There are a number of benches and place to rest along the way. Be sure to take water with you, especially during the summer as there is not concessions along the way. The entire length is filled with amazing views. Because the North Rim is less crowded than the South Rim you can take your time and enjoy the views without being rushed by other visitors. All total it took me about 90 minutes to complete the round-trip hike because I stopped at every opportunity to take photos and enjoy the breath-taking views. I was able to take my time and enjoy the amazing views.
    Written 24 January 2024
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  • Faker
    Paris, France49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’ve done a lot of overlooks of the canyon, stopping at every shuttle stop including the Hermit road, but the Yaki Point ended up being the one that we preferred.
    Accessible only via shuttle (the orange one), there isn’t 1 billion cars that could disturb your visit.
    I’ll let you see it by your eyes.
    Written 1 August 2023
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