Visiting the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon, voted one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is one vacation everyone should take in their life. It is a fantastic honeymoon destination, a great stop on a road trip and even a delightful family trip. No matter how you experience the Grand Canyon prepare your mind and body for a sight that is sure to make you feel like the luckiest person in the world.
During my visit at the Grand Canyon National Park I split my trip into 2 parts. I spent half of my time lodging on the south rim and the other half camping on the north side. The south side is more crowded with tourists than the north, so if you are looking for bus tours, dining options and gift shops, this is the perfect area. On a bus tour you can learn about the Hualapai and the Havasupai Tribes and if you plan the timing just right you can catch a beautiful Grand Canyon sunset. There is nothing more beautiful than watching the orange hues of the canyon transition into the night.
At nightfall you can feed your hunger at various restaurants at the south rim. Whether you are in the mood for a sandwich or an authentic southwestern meal you can be sure to find something great in the lodging area. On the north side there is only one place to have an amazing dining experience overlooking the Canyon, and that’s at the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge. You’ll need a reservation, but the meal and the atmosphere are worth the wait. I was lucky enough to be there during the star party, so after having a great meal I was able to look through telescopes and admire the endless stars that floated above me.
The view at the north side is breathtaking and with less people visiting finding a meditative spot to relax is simple. Both sides of the Grand Canyon have great trails to enjoy with friends or family, but the north rim has less rails and restrictions that allows for a more intimate outdoor experience. If you’re camping, the north side has many options for you to take long or short walks with all trails leading to a view unlike anything you have ever seen.
All in all, camping, hiking and dining are just a few of the many rewards in vacationing at the Grand Canyon. I would rank this experience as one of the best outdoor adventures I have ever had. Even without a car our traveling experience was extremely organized and ran smoothly. The staff, most of which are from all throughout the world, were great and even the surrounding towns like Flagstaff, Arizona turned out to be a pleasant resting stop. In fact, while in Flagstaff we stayed with a few locals after our hostel for the night misplaced our key. We didn’t even have to panic! The locals continued to impress me while at a nearby coffee shop where I had tea with a local performer who was planning to hit the stage for an open-mic. Did I mention the coffee shop had a happy hour? Beer included! This all-loving vibe was consistent throughout my stay in Arizona. Add these experiences to the great views, restaurants and outdoor adventures and you have the Grand Canyon. No wonder it is considered a natural wonder in our crazy little world.
By Stephen Grant