One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is on many travelers’ must-see lists. In fact, over five million people visit every year. I used to live in Arizona and never made the pilgrimage to the state’s pride and joy, so it was high time I visited this ol’ pile of rocks.
Prior to the big GC we’d visited Yosemite and then enjoyed a few restful days in Phoenix, so my chauffeur and I were ready to hit the open road again by the time our road trip calendar indicated “Grand Canyon”.
A short 3 hour drive from Phoenix, we arrived in time to get several hours of daylight sightseeing in.
The park offers free shuttles which make it easy to bus all around the South Rim where we were staying. The North Rim has less infrastructure for tourists but is still possible to visit. Fun fact, at night you can see the North Rim lodge ten miles across from the South Rim because of the complete darkness and lack of city lights.
We took the shuttle towards Hermit’s Rest to catch sunset and were awarded with a serene view across the canyon that made the trek worthwhile.
The Grand Canyon will simultaneously awe you and make you realize how powerless we are against the forces of nature and time. If you go, just do me a favor and don’t stand too close to the edge. I almost had a heart attack watching the bold tourists stage their perfect photo on the canyon’s edge. No Instagram photo is worth that kind of stress in my world!
Know Before You Go:
- We stayed at Kachina Lodge for one night. There are plenty of other lodging and camping options within the park but due to its popularity you’ll want to book far in advance.
- The Walk of the Ages, Bright Angel Trail, and Hermit’s Rest were the main attractions at the South Rim. Bright Angel Trail is the one which takes you down into the canyon.
- Bonus tip: if driving to or from Phoenix stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument en route. This 800 year old home was carved into the rockside by the Sinagua people and has survived the test of time.