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Tips to visit the Grand Canyon in a day

Tips to visit the Grand Canyon in a day
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Visiting the Grand Canyon is something you should not miss on your trip across the United States’ West Coast. Whether if you are on a trip through the national parks, or simply driving the Route 66 road, the Grand Canyon is a mandatory stop.

This is one of those unique places that will leave you speechless, and one you can easily take for granted. Once you are there, it becomes very apparent why Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world. However, its enormousness can’t be described with words or images, the best thing is to plan a trip to the US Grand Canyon and see this natural majesty for yourself.

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First of all, just a simple reminder: You will not be alone. Tourism in Grand Canyon National Park is much larger in scale compared to other national parks in the United States. It is estimated that 5 million tourists visit the Grand Canyon every year.

The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona. Refer to this map of the West Coast USA if you want to see its location in relevance to other US National Parks.

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We spent a day in the Grand Canyon of Arizona during the ten days of our West Coast America road trip. We were initially going to spending more days there but managed to make the most of our experience in a shorter time. Now, we share with you the top things to do in Grand Canyon in a day.

VISITING THE GRAND CANYON

In this Grand Canyon blog post you will find all the information you need to plan your visit. It will be very useful whether if you are just taking a stop on your Route 66 trip in the Grand Canyon, visiting with children, plan to descend the canyon to experience the Colorado River, or even if you fancy flying over the Grand Canyon by helicopter or plane.

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Since there is a lot of information about all the possibilities in Grand Canyon, we created this index with everything you need to know if you travel to the Grand Canyon. This way, if you are looking for specific information about any activity, you can go directly to the section of your interest:

  1. What is the Grand Canyon?
  2. Organized tours to visit the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas
  3. How to go to the Grand Canyon on your own:
  4. Essential information for visiting the Grand Canyon by yourself:
  5. Top things to do in the Grand Canyon:
  6. Other tips for visiting the Grand Canyon:
  7. More information and curiosities about the Grand Canyon
  8. Where to stay at the Grand Canyon: best hotels and campsites in the Grand Canyon
  9. Best images of the Grand Canyon
  10. Grand Canyon Map: All places of interest in full details

Click on this symbol throughout the article  to return to the index.

WHAT IS THE GRAND CANYON AND HOW DO I PLAN MY VISIT? – GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM OR NORTH RIM?

The Grand Canyon is an enormous 277 miles long and 457 feet deep canyon that has been shaped by the Colorado River through the Colorado Plateau over millions of years.

It is almost impossible to visit this vast extension in its entirety, therefore, one of the first thing you should decide is whether to start at the South Rim or North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

VISITING THE GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM

The Grand Canyon South Rim is the most popular amongst tourists. Here, you will find the main viewpoints and the start of the most exciting hiking routes. At the same time, it might be stressful to visit this area during peak season (from June to September) merely due to the large wave of visitors who come to contemplate this wonder of the world.

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You can enter the South Rim through its south and east entrances.

GRAND CANYON VILLAGE (SOUTH RIM)

Grand Canyon Village is simply known as South Rim. Here in the most touristy part of the park, you will find most of the accommodation, shops, restaurants, viewpoints, etc.

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Grand Canyon Village is located 62 miles from the town Williams, and you can get there via the southern gateway of Tusayan.

GRAND CANYON EAST RIM

The Grand Canyon East Rim, which is located within the South Rim, is mostly visited by those who come from the east. From the town Cameron, you can enter the Grand Canyon National Park through Desert View, a historic area where the scenic road Desert View Drive starts. This road borders the edge of the canyon and takes you to the Grand Canyon Village.

In this area of Grand Canyon, there are fewer services, but the views are very similar to those in the Grand Canyon Village.

Not sure if you should visit the Grand Canyon from South or East Rim? If you are taking a trip along the West Coast and don’t have much time, it is better for you to enter the Grand Canyon from the east, as you will not miss anything by skipping the Grand Canyon Village. Enjoy the less crowded viewpoints of the Grand Canyon East Rim.

VISITING THE GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM

The Grand Canyon North Rim only opens from mid-May to mid-October. If you prefer to see the place away from the crowds that would be concentrated in the South Rim during summer time, then you may be more interested in the North Rim.

things to do and to see at the grand canyon south rim

However, keep in mind that there are fewer viewpoints here than in the South Rim area and most of the views are not as spectacular. Also, if you are planning to descend to the Colorado River from the North Rim, the path down would be longer.

The nearest town to the North Rim is Jacob Lake, 30 miles north of the entrance.

In this illustration, you can see how each of the areas are distributed at a glance.

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VISIT THE GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM OR SOUTH RIM?

Still not sure whether to visit Grand Canyon North Rim or South Rim? If you’re traveling with minimal time, I recommend heading to the south ridge to see the best-known views of the Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon Village or East Rim). If you have more time, it might be worth visiting the North Rim also.

Keep in mind that the distance between the north and South Rim is 217 miles. To give you an idea, that’s a 4-hour car ride to get from one to the other, so we don’t recommend visiting both rims of the Grand Canyon in one day.

VISITING THE GRAND CANYON WEST RIM

Grand Canyon West Rim, the western area of the South Rim, is becoming more popular among visitors. This area, however, is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park, but rather, administered by the Hualapai tribe.

From Las Vegas, it is only 2 and a half hours since it is only 118 miles to West Rim compared with the distance between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon Village of 350 miles to Grand Canyon Village. Many people who visit Las Vegas that don’t have enough time for the Grand Canyon can visit this area within a day.

The highlight of the Grand Canyon West Rim is the Skywalk Grand Canyon West, a floating glass walkway that overlooks the edge of the canyon.

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If you asked me whether to see the West or South Rim, I would still go for the south, since it is part of the National Park and is not a private tourist attraction, making its cost significantly lower. Besides, those who have visited both the West and South Rim seem to agree that the South Rim is much more impressive.

Therefore, we will focus more on the Grand Canyon National Park area in this article. If you decide to visit the West Rim instead, you can find all the information you need (skywalk ticket price, bus service, parking price, viewpoints, visiting hours, etc.) here.

We hope this was a clear overview of what the Grand Canyon is and which are the main accessible areas that can be visited. Now, let’s continue with even more useful information for your visit!

BEST TOURS TO VISIT THE GRAND CANYON FROM LAS VEGAS

If you are in Las Vegas for a short time but want to visit the Grand Canyon, it is best to hire one of the many Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas that will take you closer to the West Rim.

If you’re looking for a cheap Grand Canyon tour, I encourage you to book this day tour to the Grand Canyon West Rim by bus.

If you prefer to fly over the Grand Canyon, check out this Grand Canyon helicopter tour. You will visit the West Rim as part of the tour, but you have different options that will vary the price of the Grand Canyon helicopter tour. For example, it is more expensive if you want the helicopter to land at the base of the canyon by the Colorado River or if you want to fly over the Strip, the most famous street in Las Vegas.

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If you want the authentic Grand Canyon National Park experience (which is the most beautiful area anyway), then I recommend taking this tour that include an airplane ride to Grand Canyon Village through the West Rim, a 25-minute helicopter ride over the South Rim, and a minibus ride to explore the main viewpoints of the canyon.

As you can see, there are several organized tours to visit the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, so time shouldn’t be your excuse to not visit the Grand Canyon

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND CANYON

If you have decided to go to the Grand Canyon on your own, whether to save money or because you are on a Route 66 road trip, in the Grand Canyon you must have a rental car.

It is possible to reach the Grand Canyon by car. However, you will have to use shuttles between different viewpoints in some areas of the park, as we will discuss in the following sections. In this section, we are going to focus on how to get to the Grand Canyon from various places.

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND CANYON FROM LAS VEGAS

The closest international airport to the Grand Canyon is located in Las Vegas. However, depending on which area of the Grand Canyon you want to go, the amount of time it takes to get there will vary.

What is known as the West Rim of the Grand Canyon is close to Las Vegas. It will take only two and a half hours to get there.

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However, if you want to visit the Grand Canyon Village, it will take more than 4 hours since the distance between Las Vegas and the south entrance is 279 miles.

If instead, you decide to head to the North Rim from Las Vegas, it will take about 5 hours. 

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND CANYON FROM LOS ANGELES

If you happen to be on a road trip across Route 66, you may have wondered how to get to the Grand Canyon from Los Angeles, or the other way around.

If you are entering the Grand Canyon from North Rim or West Rim, you will inevitably have passed through Las Vegas, so add 4 hours to your route compared to the previous section.

However, if you enter through Grand Canyon Village (South Rim), you can do it without going through Las Vegas. The distance between the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles is  497 miles, which will take 7 and a half hours.

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND CANYON FROM MONUMENT VALLEY

The eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon is quite close to Monument Valley, therefore, many consider visiting Grand Canyon and Monument Valley in one day.

how to get from monument valley to Grand Canyon

Although it is only 2 and a half hours from the Grand Canyon to Monument Valley, considering that we would enter through Desert View, I recommend more than a one-day visit if you also want to see this area.

See our Guide to visiting Monument Valley

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND CANYON FROM ANTELOPE CANYON

Antelope Canyon in Page is another place of interest located just a short distance from the Grand Canyon, just two hours from the east entrance or two and a half hours from the North Rim.

how to get from Antelope Canyon to Grand Canyon

For us, the main stops in this area of our trip were the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon. As you can see, they are quite close to each other.

 See our Guide to visiting Antelope Canyon

VISITING THE GRAND CANYON ON YOUR OWN

This information about the Grand Canyon is essential if you are going to visit the Grand Canyon National Park by yourself.

Among other tips for visiting the Grand Canyon, you will learn how to get around the park, tickets, and passes, as well as Grand Canyon entrance fee.

HOW TO MOVE AROUND THE GRAND CANYON

There are many different points of interest within Grand Canyon National Park. Some are accessible by car while others can only be reached using a free bus service available for visitors.

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These are the shuttle services available for moving around the South Rim in the Grand Canyon Village area.

  • Village Route (blue): It connects the Visitor Center with hostels, campsites, and other facilities within Grand Canyon Village.
  • Kaibab Rim Route (orange): Quickest way to get from the Visitor Center to the most popular views of the canyon on the eastern border of Grand Canyon Village (it does not reach the East Rim, where we will need to get to by car). Throughout the year, this route stops at Yaki Point, and South Kaibab Trail can only be reached by taking this bus.
  • Hermit Road Route (red): Exceptional panoramic views on the western border of the Grand Canyon Village (it does not reach the West Rim, where we will need to get to by car). Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles from March 1 to November 30, making the use of free buses mandatory during these dates.

Details of these bus routes can be found in the map of the Grand Canyon below. Keep in mind that both the Village Kaibab Rim Route (except for Yaki Point and South Kaibab Trail) can be done by car instead of by bus. However, it is not recommended to do so in high season as it is usually difficult to find parking.

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In the North Rim and the East Rim, there are no bus shuttles to visit different viewpoints as there are fewer tourists. What we can find there instead, is a shuttle service called Trans-Canyon Shuttle that run between the North and South Rim which is usually used by those who descend to the Colorado River from one side and want to climb up toward the other. This fee based shuttle must be booked in advance, you can find more information about that here.

GRAND CANYON ENTRANCE FEE

The Grand Canyon National Park fee (from North Rim, South Rim, or East Rim) is $30 per vehicle with up to 5 passengers or $15 per entry per person entering without a car. A purchased ticket is valid for seven days. If you plan to travel to different National Parks of the United States, I recommend getting an annual America the Beautiful pass, which includes your visit to the Grand Canyon and other US National Parks at no extra cost.

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Keep in mind that the West Rim is not part of the national park system, rather, it lies within the Hualapai Indian Reserve. The Grand Canyon West Rim price ticket is $46.95 for basic entrance (Legacy Package), which include access to the canyon and shuttle through the viewpoints, or $71.38 for the Gold Package, which consists of a meal and entrance to the Skywalk in addition to what’s included with the Legacy Package.

GRAND CANYON OPENING HOURS

Regarding Grand Canyon opening hours, you may be surprised to learn that South Rim is open all year, 24 hours a day. In addition, services such as campsites, accommodation, or restaurants in the Grand Canyon are available all year round.

On the other hand, North Rim closes during a significant part of the year because of snow. North Rim is open from mid-May to mid-October. The snow here does not get plowed during the winter, therefore, it will close after the first snowfall of the season.

The opening time of the Grand Canyon West Rim is from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. every day of the year.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN THE GRAND CANYON 

There are many activities to do in the Grand Canyon – visiting the main viewpoints, hiking, flying over the Grand Canyon by helicopter or airplane, and even rafting in the Colorado River across the Grand Canyon.

In this section, we will talk about everything you have to do and to see in the Grand Canyon. However, I recommend that the first thing you do when arriving at this wonder of the world is head to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center for the most updated information.

BEST VIEWPOINTS IN THE GRAND CANYON

If there is something in common amongst the 5 million visitors that visit the Grand Canyon every year, it would be that everyone rushes to find the best views of the Grand Canyon from one of the different lookouts at any time during daylight.

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It is impossible to visit all the Grand Canyon Viewpoints, and I do not recommend it either. Most of them have more or less similar views. The best way to go about it, is visiting three or four viewpoints close to the Grand Canyon area that you are going to visit, and perhaps choose where you want to see the sunrise or sunset more selectively.

BEST VIEWPOINTS IN THE GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM

We will consider Grand Canyon South Rim as the Grand Canyon Village area and nearby lookouts to the east and west.

All viewpoints here can be reached on the free shuttle buses (remember that during summer, the viewpoints along the Hermit Road Route can only be reached by bus):

  • Kaibab Rim Route: Yavapai Point, Mather Point, Pipe Creek View and Yaki Point (Yaki Point only accessible by bus).
  • Hermit Road Route: Overlook Trail, Maricopa Point, Powell Point, Hopi Point, Mojave Point, The Abyss, Monument Creek View, Pima Point, Hermit Rest (during the summer these viewpoints are only accessible by bus).

Of all these, the best viewpoint to see a Grand Canyon sunrise is Yaki Point. Mather Point is another perfect viewpoint to see the sunrise that is a little closer to Grand Canyon Village.

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The best viewpoint to see the sunset in the Grand Canyon is Hopi Point. If it is very busy, you can also see a beautiful sunset from Mojave Point.

To see the location of these viewpoints, use this Grand Canyon map.

BEST VIEWPOINTS IN THE GRAND CANYON EAST RIM

These viewpoints are located across the Desert View Drive, which are more accessible if you come from the east entrance of the park: Desert View, Navajo Point, Lipan Point, Moran Point, and Grandview Point.

Of these, the most interesting Grand Canyon viewpoint is Desert View, where we can find a recreation of an Indian stone watchtower, as well as the best views of the Colorado River.

Since these viewpoints are quite far from Grand Canyon Village, you can enjoy the views with fewer people nearby.

In the following map, you will see all these viewpoints:

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BEST VIEWPOINTS IN THE GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM

The main viewpoints in the Grand Canyon North Rim are Imperial Point, Cape Royal, Roosevelt Point, Walhalla Overlook, and Bright Angel Point.

Located close to the main facilities, Bright Angel Point offers one of the best views of the Grand Canyon from the North Rim. If we want to see the Colorado River from here, we should go to Cape Royal.

BEST VIEWPOINTS IN THE GRAND CANYON wEST RIM

One of the best viewpoints in the Grand Canyon West Rim is Guano Point, with a 360º view of the Grand Canyon and Eagle Point, where you can also get incredible views. The best views in this area can be found along the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Regardless of the area and viewpoint you choose, the views of this monumental landscape are the most important to see in the Grand Canyon. 

FLY OVER THE GRAND CANYON IN HELICOPTER OR AIRPLANE

Another way to appreciate the magnitude of this majestic wonder is to fly over it.

In addition to the helicopter tours in the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, you can also take a shorter and cheaper tour by helicopter or airplane from Grand Canyon Village.

Beyond the main viewpoints, we firmly believe that if you can afford it, an airplane tour will get you the best views of the Grand Canyon while giving you an idea of its enormousness. It is also one of the best activities in the Grand Canyon for children, as they will get to enjoy a peaceful ride with unforgettable views.

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We took an airplane tour during our time spent in the Grand Canyon. If you are torn between an airplane or a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, consider that an airplane flies higher and to more remote places, a better way to appreciate its dimensions while enjoying incredible views of the canyon. On the other hand, a helicopter can fly you closer to the walls of the canyon, and can even descend below the edge to approach the base.

As photographers, it was an easy decision for us, but you will have to decide depending on your taste and needs.

You can find the different alternatives to fly over the Grand Canyon here. We decided to take this tour, which was very well priced and completely worth it.

We especially recommend booking well in advance if you are visiting the Grand Canyon in the summer between June and September. 

BEST HIKES IN THE GRAND CANYON

There are many different hiking trails within the Grand Canyon, some takes you on a descend to the Colorado River, while on others, you can enjoy the views from the edge or even walk through the most remote areas within the Grand Canyon National Park.

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If you decide to go for a simple one, some of the following routes are a few must-do in the Grand Canyon.

BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL

Bright Angel Trail is, without a doubt, the most popular hiking trail in the Grand Canyon. This trail starts from the Grand Canyon Village (South Rim) which take you deep inside the canyon to the Colorado River, 4366 feet below the starting point.

It is not recommended to do this 16-mile round trip hike within a day, especially during the summer. Many who attempt end up needing rescue which comes with significant costs. Not only do you have to consider the distance, but also high temperatures and steep uphill slope on the return trip.

The park rangers’ recommendation for those who want to do a one-day trip on this trail, is to not go beyond Indian Garden (water available here year-round), cutting your hike back to 10 miles round trip.

You may also find water at other rest spots such as Mile-and-Half Resthouse and Three Miles Resthouse, although not always guaranteed.

One of the best viewpoints of the Grand Canyon National Park, where we can have a closer view of the Colorado River from above is the Plateau Point, located at a 1.49-mile detour from Indian Garden.

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If you are planning to spend more than a day doing this route, you need to book a spot to stay at Phantom Ranch well in advance (it is assigned by lottery 15 months before your visit). A second option is getting a camping permit in one of the three campsites inside the canyon which can be requested here up to four months before your trip.

SOUTH KAIBAB TRAIL

South Kaibab Trail is also quite famous. It also starts from the South Rim towards the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The trailhead is only accessible by bus on the Kaibab Rim Route. This path is more complicated than Bright Angel Trail with more elevation gain (4888 feet) in less distance (12.4 miles round trip)

Also, the trail is exposed with no water available along the way, so you will have to take enough with you. Nonetheless, this hike will reward you with even better views than Bright Angel Trail. Those who have done both usually favor South Kaibab over Bright Angel.

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One option for those who plan to spend more than one day, is to go downhill via South Kaibab, spend the night at the bottom of Grand Canyon, and then hike up the next day through Bright Angel. This way, you can find water and experience less elevation gain.

RIM TRAIL

Rim Trail is a family friendly 10.5-mile long hike with few elevation gain. It joins the Kaibab Trailhead at Hermit Rest Stop along the entire edge of the South Canyon.

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Without a doubt, crossing a section of this hiking route is one of the best things to do in the Grand Canyon. We did it from Mohave Point to Hopi Point, and the views were great.

NORTH KAIBAB TRAIL

North Kaibab is a challenging 15-mile route (one-way) which descent to the canyon from North Rim with a 6398 feet elevation gain on return and no water supplies along the way.

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One recommendation to avoid this treacherous hike back, is to descend to the canyon on this trail and then return on one of the paths that lead to South Rim. From there, you can catch the Trans-Canyon Shuttle back to North Rim.

GRANDVIEW TRAIL

Grandview Trail, a 12.5-mile round trip route with 3280 ft of elevation gain, is part of the Desert View Drive from Grandview Point on the East Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is considered to be strenuous since it is an old road used for mining and is currently in poor condition.

With no available water supplies, you’ll have to carry your own water. I recommend not choosing this route if you have not yet done any of the other strenuous hikes within the Grand Canyon.

OTHER ACTIVITIES TO DO IN THE GRAND CANYON

In addition to the activities we mentioned above, there are many other activities to do in the Grand Canyon.

MUSEUMS IN THE GRAND CANYON

If you like museums, there are two exciting ones to visit within the Grand Canyon: Tusayan Ruins and Museum, and Yavapai Geology Museum.

At Tusayan Ruins, you can visit the ancestral town located on the East Rim of the Grand Canyon.

At Yavapai Geology Museum (located near the Grand Canyon Village visitor center), you will learn about the Canyon’s formation in geological terms. You will also find a glass-paned viewpoint with spectacular views of the Grand Canyon.

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RAFTING IN THE GRAND CANYON

While it is an expensive, multi-day trip to go rafting in the Grand Canyon, it has to be an unforgettable experience. There are several companies who offer guided rafting tours in the Grand Canyon. One of the most popular is Oars.

GRAND CANYON SKYWALK

While it’s not cheap and may or may not be worth it depending, the Grand Canyon Skywalk shouldn’t be missing from our list of things to do in the Grand Canyon. This walk is located in the West Rim, and although not located within the Grand Canyon National Park, it might be an interesting option if you want to visit from Las Vegas and are short on time.

You can find more information about the Grand Canyon West Rim here.

BEST TIPS FOR VISITING THE GRAND CANYON

We created a list with other tips for visiting the Grand Canyon that will be very useful when you prepare your visit.

BEST TIME TO VISIT THE GRAND CANYON

The best time to visit the Grand Canyon is during the spring and autumn.

During the summer, temperatures in the Grand Canyon can be even dangerously high for hiking some of the routes. On the other hand, the North Rim and many South Rim trails close in the winter because of snow.

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The high season at Grand Canyon usually starts from June through July and August. At this time, accommodation fills quickly and it becomes tough to park, especially in Grand Canyon Village.

If you can choose when to visit the Grand Canyon, the best times are between May and September, when you will enjoy temperate weather, low rainfall, and fewer tourists (although keep in mind that there are always tourists) than in other months.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED TO VISIT THE GRAND CANYON

If you only have one day to visit the Grand Canyon, don’t worry. Even with just one day, it’s enough to do the most important thing to do in the Grand Canyon: enjoy the magnitude of this natural formation. However, if you like hiking or want to try some other activities in the Grand Canyon, two or three days would be ideal.

1-DAY GRAND CANYON TRIP ITINERARY

With one day in the Grand Canyon, I recommend seeing the sunrise at one of its viewpoints, take a helicopter or airplane tour, and then an evening walk along the rim, so you can enjoy the views as you look for a sunset viewing spot.

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Day Hikes in the Grand Canyon

If you are a hiking enthusiast, you can skip the aerial tour and walk along the rim on one of the many day hikes in the Grand Canyon.

Most of the day hikes are sections of the routes described above (Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, Hermit Trail). You can find more information and recommendation about Day hikes in the Grand Canyon here.

2-DAY GRAND CANYON TRIP ITINERARY

If you plan to visit the Grand Canyon in two days, I recommend doing the 1-day Grand Canyon itinerary described above and then move to another area to contemplate the Grand Canyon from another perspective the second day. For example, visit South Rim and then East Rim, North Rim and then East Rim, or West Rim and then South Rim.

3-DAY GRAND CANYON TRIP ITINERARY

If you have time to visit the Grand Canyon for three days, then I recommend hiking down to the canyon on the first day, back up the next day and rest (if you still have energy, perhaps you can head to a viewpoint to see the sunset), and take the tour by helicopter or airplane to see the canyon from the air on your last day.  

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GRAND CANYON

In this section, we will talk about some fun facts of the Grand Canyon. With this information, you should have everything you need to start your adventure.

HOW THE GRAND CANYON WAS FORMED

The origin of the Grand Canyon goes back to the continuous and prolonged erosion of the Colorado Plateau by the Colorado River over millions of years. This formation is another example of just how short our existence is compared to the history of our planet.

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Contemplating the depth of the Grand Canyon from one of its viewpoints or by flight is one of the most amazing experiences here.

THE GRAND CANYON ONE OF THE 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD

Grand Canyon is referred to as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. However, while it was one of the favorites of the 2011 contest, it was only among the 23 finalists and did not get any of the top seven positions.

Whether or not Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world by title, there is no doubt that your visit will leave you speechless, so don’t hesitate about visiting this natural masterpiece.

ACCIDENTS IN THE GRAND CANYON

As in any place with great heights, accidents in the Grand Canyon can have fatal consequences. However, falls in the Grand Canyon are less common than people who end up needing to be rescued.

It is estimated that more than 250 people had to be rescued each year in the Grand Canyon due to dehydration, extreme fatigue, or sunstrokes on the long hikes toward the Colorado River.

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Healthcare in the United States is very expensive, and even if you are not going to carry out any strenuous hike, it is always highly recommended to have a good travel insurance that covers you in case of a problem.

Although I always recommend buying travel insurance wherever you go, for the US, it is advisable to have an extraordinary coverage (never consider hiring anything that covers below $300,000 if you travel to the United States). You can compare the best travel insurance companies for the USA here.

You can get the best quality-price insurance with World Nomads.

WHERE TO STAY IN THE GRAND CANYON

In this section, you will find a list of campsites as well as the best hotels within Grand Canyon’s four main areas.

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN THE GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM

If you are going to visit the Grand Canyon South Rim, note that accommodation fills up quickly here since this is the most visited area of the Grand Canyon. All hotels within the park are managed by Delaware North and Xanterra Parks & Resorts. The easiest way to book them is through their website(s).

In the Grand Canyon Village, you can also camp at Mather Campground. It is recommended to book well in advance during high season. This is where we stayed during our visit.

If you cannot find available accommodation on your dates in the Grand Canyon Village, then it would best to stay in Tusayan, just 10 minutes away by car. These are the best hotels:

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN THE GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM

Lodging options in the Grand Canyon North Rim are somewhat scarce. Forever Resorts is the only company that manages accommodation within this part of the park. Book your room through its website.

North Rim Campground is open from mid-May to the end of October. However, it is advisable to book in advance as it is full most days.

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN THE GRAND CANYON EAST RIM

There are no hotels in the Grand Canyon East Rim. However, Desert View Campground is open between mid-April to the end of October. Spots at this campsite cannot be reserved and are filled on a first come first served basis. You can find more information about it here.

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN THE GRAND CANYON WEST RIM

There are two accommodation options operated by the Hualapai tribe: Hualapai Ranch and Hualapai Lodge. Hualapai Ranch is located within the Grand Canyon West Rim recreational area, while the lodge is approximately 90 minutes away on historic Route 66. A third reasonably priced option is the Grand Canyon Western Ranch, just 2 miles from the Grand Canyon West Rim

BEST IMAGES OF THE GRAND CANYON

As with all our guides, we like to finish with a selection of our best photos of the Grand Canyon. We hope you like them.

We also hope you find inspiration with these images of the Grand Canyon and remember: the important part is kept in our memories!

GRAND CANYON MAP

With this section, we would like to say goodbye (for now). Below, you can find a Grand Canyon map with all the main facilities and points of interest.

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I hope you find this map helpful for your trip. 

SEE YOU IN THE NEXT ARTICLE AND DO NOT HESITATE TO LEAVE US A COMMENT IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GRAND CANYON!

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