Words (and even pictures) simply can’t do Grand Canyon National Park justice, it’s truly something you have to see to believe. Officially named a National Park in 1919, the Grand Canyon has stunned almost 5 million visitors ever since. The massive canyon was formed by erosion from the Colorado River after the plateau was lifted up by seismic activity, revealing rock that’s over a billion years old. Whether you’re just soaking up the sweeping views from the top, or hiking or riding a mule into its depths, it’s one of America’s most iconic parks for a reason.
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Our Secret Tips
We’ve been to the Grand Canyon lots of times, so take some advice based on mistakes we’ve already made for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- The most common mistake made when visiting the Grand Canyon is to just take some pictures at one overlook and then call it a day. Take the time to visit a few scenic viewpoints to fully appreciate it, book a tour, or, better yet, take a hike. The Kaibob Trail, the Rim Trail, and Grandview Trail all offer short routes and stunning views. We’ve included links to all of these place below.
- The Grand Canyon has super well-thought-out public transportation and shuttle service, so take advantage because it saves on gas and keeps you from getting stuck in traffic and stressing about parking!
- Plan ahead! The park is a super popular destination pretty much all year round. Make reservations and book tours as far in advance as possible. Cancellations do happen, though, so if you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants, keep in mind that the best time to check for last-minute openings is about 2 days in advance.
When to Visit
The best time to visit the Grand Canyon: Spring and summer are easily the most busy times to visit the Grand Canyon, and summer means often-intense heat and afternoon thunderstorms. The North Rim closes in the winter, and it does occasionally snow here, but crowds thin out a bit. Fall is also a great time to visit, when the temperatures start to cool off, even though it might still be crowded.
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There are a bunch of places you need to stop in order to get the full effect of the Canyon. We've compiled a list of most favorite.
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