When we planned to visit the Grand Canyon this past spring, one question kept coming up: Is the Grand Canyon overrated? Everyone wants to visit it, but what if it’s just one big hype and nothing more? Sure, the pictures looked nice, some reviews were great, but what is there to see anyway…just some rocks? Well, I was about to find out why The Grand Canyon National Park is so grand!
My favorite tourist attractions at Grand Canyon National Park South Rim
- See my pictures from Grand Canyon National Park.
- Visit the Grand Canyon National Park Visitor Center in the neighboring village of Tusayan. The iMax Movie is worth seeing indeed. See resources at the end of the article.
- Just walk around and enjoy the views…I can’t say enough about that ! The main attraction is the Grand Canyon indeed !
- Yavapai Observation Station. It’s a bus stop and you can ask anyone where it is…you can’t miss it. The views are amazing and the information panels are…well informative, if you like history and geology.
Oh yeah, the Canyon is the star at Grand Canyon National Park
Pictures don’t do justice to the impression that the Grand Canyon makes on the visitor; especially the first time visitor. We parked our car very quickly after getting into the park, got out quickly and just walked across the street to look at the Canyon…wow ! Well, that’s what we both said. I don’t think anyone can say anything else other than wow, especially the first time! Then, we kept walking and looking and walking and looking and looking some more…and taking tons and tons of pictures !
We made sure that we held on to our year and a half daughter. We actually put a small harness on her. We were advised by many friends to do that and once we got there we clearly saw why. There is not much protection at all against simply…falling down. You just have to be very careful.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
The Grand Canyon appears through the trees as we walk across the street from our car.
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Once we saw it…we couldn’t get enough of the Grand Canyon
We kept walking around and saw the Canyon from every possible spot. We just couldn’t get enough of it. While there is so much more to the Canyon if you hike down, we just loved seeing it from the top. It took us the whole day, from 10am until sunset. We caught the sunset at a great spot and loved the warm colors (See my sunset photo of the Grand Canyon ).
It’s pretty scary to read how many people fall from the edge of the Canyon. We actually have seen quite a few people getting very, very close to the Canyon’s edge…they were careful and yet daring. Guard your children !
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Man getting very close to the canyon edge.
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How to get to the Grand Canyon National Park – South Rim
If you have never seen the Grand Canyon before, make sure you plan to see the South Rim and not Grand Canyon west. While Grand Canyon West is home of the SkyWalk that seems very interesting, the grandeur of the Grand Canyon is best seen from Grand Canyon South Rim. When people speak of the Grand Canyon, that’s what they’re talking about.
Driving from Southern California straight to the Grand Canyon is one long drive…you really have to be prepared for it, especially if you have kids. It was good for us that we traveled from Las Vegas instead. We spent one week in Vegas and we had three more days left from my vacation and we decided to include the Grand Canyon in our vacation. So, we only faced the very long drive, on our way back to Southern California.
Here’s one piece of advice: If you have kids, try to get a portable DVD player that has a car charger. And, yeah, get a few DVDs that your children like. This device will save you during this long, long, long trip.
Until this trip we have been very determined in not buying a portable DVD player for our daughter. We wanted to keep talking to her and singing with her no matter how long the trips were. However, driving from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon really challenged our resolve, and we gave in ! We bought the DVD player…and oh boy…how glad we were that we bought it !