Whether it’s your first trip to the Grand Canyon or your 5th, you’ll never get tired of the magnificent vistas, opportunities for exploration and the mark this canyon has left on our history.
Things to Do at The Grand Canyon
1. Hike, bike, ride the shuttle or drive (during the off-season) Hermit Road. This popular South Rim route takes you to some off the most iconic views in the park. With many great stopping points for sunrise and sunset views, this trail is a must-see.
2. Drive along Desert View Drive out the east side of Grand Canyon National Park. This less-traveled section of the South Rim offers many stunning views you probably haven’t seen in as many pictures. You’ll get to gaze into expansive parts of the canyon, and even climb Desert View Watchtower.
For Adventure Lovers
1. The most iconic adventure at the Grand Canyon is, of course, a mule ride. Take a 4-hour trip down into the canyon on a trusty mule like thousands of visitors have done before you. You’ll need to book ahead for this trip into the canyon; you can book up to 13 months ahead of time.
2. Technically the starting point for a white-water rafting adventure in the Colorado River is in nearby Page, Arizona (140 miles away). However, for thrill seekers there’s no better way to see the South Rim!
For History Buffs
1. Tusayan Ruins and Museum is free to visit and shows how Native Americans lived along the canyon rim. You’ll see artifacts from local tribes and 800 year old ruins. Don’t miss the Desert View Watchtower, a registered National Historic Landmark that got its name from the expansive views it provides of both the Grand Canyon to the west and the Painted Desert to the east.
2. Explore the impressive Visitor Centers with both indoor and outdoor exhibits to discover. We recommend the Geology Museum at Yavapai Point, which features exhibits about how the canyon was formed, along with amazing views of the canyon.
What to Eat
If you didn’t pack your own lunch, you’ll want to enjoy your meals at Grand Canyon Village within Grand Canyon National Park. For a budget-friendly option, we love Maswik Pizza Pub, which is located within the main cafeteria and offers made-to-order pizza with fresh ingredients. Other dining options along the rim include El Tovar Dining Room and Bright Angel Restaurant.
Places to See Nearby
To step out onto the transparent catwalk over the Grand Canyon, you’ll need to travel to Grand Canyon West. Experiencing the famous Skywalk there is worth the drive.
Travel 140 miles northeast to Page, Arizona, where you can hike to the impressive Horseshoe Bend or tour the unbelievable Antelope Canyon.