10 Best Things to Do at the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon as a whole is a world-renowned attraction, but once here you'll get a feel for things and begin to break the National Park and area into specific interests. After exploring the South Village and its historic hotels, hike the Rim Trail or motor on the Rim Drive out to Desert View and the Watchtower, a destination worth the 25-mile drive that affords views of the Colorado River as it enters the park's eastern boundary. Give yourself enough time to stop at Tusayan Museum and Ruins to learn about the human history of Grand Canyon National Park and the ancestors of today's Pueblo Indians who called this area home... Read more »
This is an easy way to see the Grand Canyon from different perspectives, beyond the common view as seen from the South Village.
Local Expert Tip: "Plan your drive for early morning or evening, when the light is more dramatic and makes for better photos."
This historic structure is picturesque in itself, and when viewed with the Grand Canyon is an amazing sight.
Local Expert Tip: "Get a photo from the top of the recently renovated Watchtower."
This less-crowded viewpoint west of the Village is an interesting piece of history, and if you choose to... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "This makes a great bicycling destination."
It's an almost 10-mile hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to reach this historic property, but the... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Make your reservations as far in advance as possible to ensure you'll get a bunk, as space is very limited here."
This modern-style hotel is next to the Grand Canyon Railway depot and Williams stretch of historic Route 66.
Local Expert Tip: "Check for special holiday trains and cowboy shootouts throughout the summer."
This stop affords a scenic vantage point with open western views, perfect for sunsets.
Local Expert Tip: "Wonderful photographs can be captured here at sunset."
Yavapai Point is a great place for views of the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and it has a good museum and bookstore.
Local Expert Tip: "Look for Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon."
The ruins of an Ancestral Puebloan village and artifacts found here are displayed, examining the Grand Canyon's ancient human history.
Local Expert Tip: "This makes a good mid-day stop when the views of the Canyon are less spectacular."
Mather Point is situated to allow long, deep views of the Grand Canyon.
Local Expert Tip: "Mather Point is a great place to orient yourself to the Grand Canyon and the nearby Canyon View Information Plaza, and for sunset photos."
- Type: Adventure, Great Views, Outdoor Activities, Parks, Sightseeing, Tours and Excursions
- Neighborhood: Williams
Great place for kids and also for wildlife photography.
Local Expert Tip: "Bring a telephoto lens, and use a cushion to rest it on your open window to get steady shots."
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