Top 10 Things to Do in Grand Canyon National Park
Known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, visiting Grand Canyon National Park is a long standing traditional American family favorite past-time. It is a great escape from mainstream to become one with nature.
Take a look at our top 10 things to do in Grand Canyon National Park.
1. Grand Canyon Skywalk – Opened to the public in March of 2007, is a glass bottom hanging “U” shaped overlook bride. It protrudes out from the side of the canyon wall on the West Rim and was built to allow visitors to peer over to see the canyon floor.
2. Grand Canyon Railway – A historic passenger train, around since 1901 and is still carrying people from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon National Park Depot on the South Rim. Several overnight packages are available that include lodging and meals. Before departing, passengers are treated to an old fashioned Wild West shootout for entertainment purposes.
3. White Water Rafting on the Colorado River – Thrill-seekers wanting to test their skills will enjoy battling the rapids of the Colorado River as they navigate through the jagged rocks and channels of the Grand Canyon.
4. Mule Ride into the Canyon – Several tour companies operate mule carrying services to haul visitors and their gear down into the Grand Canyon National Park on day trips or overnight camping expeditions.
5. Grand Canyon National Park Camping – This is not only a budget conscious decision when looking for Grand Canyon National Park lodging options, but also a fun experience that the entire family can enjoy. The park is set up in most areas to accommodate RVs and have full hook ups and showers. Camping permits are mandatory and you should visit the park website for full details.
6. Trail Hiking at the Grand Canyon – There are countless hiking trails throughout the canyon, some long, others short. It is most important to know your physical strength and limitations when deciding which trail to hike. Some of the more popular trails are the Hermit Trail on the South Rim and the hike to reach Point Sublime on the Grand Canyon National Park North Rim.
7. Tusayan Museum and Ruins – Take giant step back into prehistoric time. The museum and ruins offer a glimpse of life in the Grand Canyon over 800 years ago through the eyes of the ancestors of the Pueblo Indians. See artifacts and learn educational information about their day to day life.
8. Cliff Dwellings – Nearly 7 miles from Flagstaff, AZ sit the Walnut Canyon Cliff Dwellings left behind mysteriously in 1250 AD by the Sinagua people. The dwellings represent their way of life and give current and future generations a glimpse into the past. The dwellings are said to be very small, only large enough for cooking and sleeping. Only about 80 dwellings are still standing and available to tourists.
9. Scenic Desert View Drive – Take the scenic route from the South Rim Grand Canyon Village down to the Desert View Watchtower. Along the way, you find picnic areas and canyon lookout points.
10. Cheyana Falls – Amazing is the best way to describe the Cheyana Falls that appear to flow from sheer rock and is located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This waterfall is also the highest on the southern rim of the canyon.
The Grand Canyon is a national treasure and sees more than an estimated 5 million visitors each year. Whether you go for a day or for a week, this is a grand vacation geared for family, friends and couples alike. The Grand Canyon offers something for everyone.