The Grand Canyon National Park! Oh yes, we were looking forward to it and oh yes, the visit lived up to our expectations. How is it possible to go wrong by visiting such a famous place around the world?
Of course, there are many people who have the same idea as us, that is to say almost 4.5 million visitors per year and who travel mainly in June, July and August, although the months of March to May and September to October are becoming more and more popular.
Otherwise, maybe if you can not stay directly in the park because you have not booked your reservations long enough, then yes you may be disappointed. There is the town of Tusayan, located about 10 km from the Grand Canyon Village which offers several possibilities of accommodation and a multitude of services (restaurants, shops, etc.) but which is not especially charming. Otherwise, it will be in Williams, about an hour’s drive south of the Grand Canyon Village.
Besides the last two possibilities, really, I do not see.
The South Rim
Grand Canyon Founded in 1919, the Grand Canyon National Park has an area of 4,931 km² of protected space. Between the two banks of the canyon, one can easily count more than 16 kilometers of distance … it is immense!
Both banks are called the North Rim and the South Rim. The latter is the most popular and the most spectacular.
It is on the South Rim that is the Grand Canyon Village, where one finds the historical district and the Market Plaza which is in a way a refueling center for the visitors.
The historic district is a group of buildings that has existed since the beginning of the 20th century. There is, among other things, the train station ** which was completed in 1909, the El Toval Hotel *, which is the most famous and luxurious hotel in the Grand Canyon and dates back to 1905, the Hopi House * Architecture of the Hopis Indians and the Lookout Studio ** dating back to 1914 which allowed visitors to follow the hikers to the bottom of the canyon with a telescope, to name but a few.
The Rim Trail ** is a long and beautiful walk that borders the canyon for about 31 kilometers. Many of his views are not to be missed. There is first of all the Mather Point *** which will probably be your very first contact with the Grand Canyon, where you will retain your breath for the first time before its beauty and immensity!
There is also the Traveloway Overlook ***, Maricopa Point **, Hopi Point **, Mohave Point *** and so many others that are located on Hermit Road *** and you can admire Either walking on the Rim Trail if your physical condition allows you or thanks to the wonderful shuttle service offered in the park, which offers several stops. This really makes the Grand Canyon accessible to all!
Little tricks to make your life easier
Grand Canyon National ParkReserve your accommodation or camping site well in advance, or even a year before if you already have your dates. For our part, as we were mobile we were able to sleep two nights at the Grand Canyon Trailer Village, a campsite specially designed for camping cars. But we were lucky, it must be said.
If you are staying outside, plan to arrive early in the park to make your visits because the parking areas are quickly filled and you will be able to spend a good time to look for a place … Not at all the way you had planned to start your day.
Use the shuttle service to the maximum to avoid taking your car. They are free, pass regularly, make several stops and they even have bicycle racks. There are four different circuits and even one that takes you to Tusayan.
There is, there you are, at the Grand Canyon National Park … You do not have the right not to attend at least one sunset over there!
Desert View Drive *** is a road starting approximately 5 kilometers east of the Grand Canyon Village and ends at Desert View ***, 40 kilometers away, near the east entrance of the park. It offers six different points of view and you will have to do it with your own means of transport.
We crisscrossed this road before the end of the day and we chose one of its views to attend one of the most beautiful shows of our life … A sunset on the Grand Canyon!
Really, there are no words to describe what we experienced there … moments and images etched forever in our memories!