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Visiting Grand Canyon National Park

Sunset at the Grand Canyon

One of the most iconic locations and National Parks in the U.S. is The Grand Canyon. Most people unfortunately only get to see this amazing place from a window seat on a transcontinental flight. Located in the Northern part of Arizona, this outdoor gem is readily accessible from Nevada, Utah, and the southern parts of Arizona. Of course, since this is such a remote area of the state, there isn't many easy options to get in and out for a quick visit. To get here you are looking at a minimum of about a 4 hour one-way drive from Las Vegas (LAS) or Phoenix (PHX) airports. Either way, if you fly in to these airports, you will have a beautiful scenic drive to enjoy before you arrive.

light and shadows of the grand canyon

The Grand Canyon has three major points of interest; The North & South Rims as well as the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the Native American region. Each area is unique and if you are doing a road trip, be sure to plan a stop at both the North and South Rims if possible. [Note: The North Rim isn't accessible year round and is closed in the winter.]

South Rim

This is the more popular part of the Park. There are more vistas and views here and it is easier to get here from the other major tourist attraction, Las Vegas. Because of the proximity, this part feels like the Las Vegas of National Parks with hotels, fast food, restaurants, etc. Despite the large crowds and tour busses, it is still a must see place.

rainbow and storm clouds over the grand canyon

Be sure to stop at the amazing viewpoints like Grandview Point, Yaki Point, and Maher Point to get all the best wide open views of the canyon beneath.

North Rim

This part of the park is way less crowded. You drive through forest and large grass fields before being greeted to the huge stone drop offs. It truly is an amazing sight when you arrive.

hazy light over the grand canyon north rim

Be sure to check out the vista points of Bright Angel Point, Cape Royal, Angel's Window, Walhalla Point, and Point Imperial

view in to the grand canyon

Grand Canyon Skywalk

If you are short on time and coming from a Las Vegas trip, this spot is the easiest and quickest to get to. This doesn't have the same awe inspiring canyon views (although, this is still beautiful) but you do have a once in a life time experience to walk on a glass floor over the canyon. If you have time, this is a must do as well.

My ultimate Must Do Road Trip Itinerary (LA - Lake Powell)

- Los Angeles

- Las Vegas (check out the blog)

- Valley of Fire National Park (check out the blog)

- Zion National Park / St George (check out the blog)

- Grand Canyon North

- Page / Lake Powell (check out the blog)

- Monument Valley (blog posting coming soon!)

- Grand Canyon South

- Los Angeles

Ultimate Arizona Itinerary:

- Phoenix

- Sedona (blog post coming soon!)

- Grand Canyon South

point of view watching sunset from the grand canyon overlook


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