Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
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  • CDTrip72
    Arlington Heights, Illinois239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    We arrived from Zion National Park, so we arrived through the East Entrance, South Rim. Right after that entrance, you’ll definitely want to check out the Dessert View as not also the view is great as expected, it has a famous tower built in 1932 and during the day you can get a free ticket to go towards the top. Also as a bonus tip, inside the tower is a gift shop and while not a visitor center, at the information desk they can give you a Junior Ranger book in case you needed one. One thing to keep in mind is that if you go through the East Entrance, it’s a solid 30 minutes to get to the ‘village’ with the various hotels and attractions and that’s assuming you don’t make any stops along the way. It’s a unique place as it’s the first national park I went to that had actual schools and a church on site (perhaps other places like Yellowstone have them too, but you don’t see them on the main route). One thing to keep in mind that while we were there, the visitor centers were only open until noon due to staff shortages . While not required like Zion, there is a shuttle service and there are different routes. We didn’t take one since we were there for a day, but they looked packed and the main one that went to the various hotels (blue) had many stops so you’ll need to be patient. There are various hikes you can take, and they don’t all involve going into the canyon so if you don’t have time, you can still enjoy the beauty. Unlike other national parks where you may have limited to no options, there are a decent number of places to eat and plenty of gift shops that are happy to take your money. One thing that was disappointing is that some of the park is rundown. For example, Hermits Rest is a great place to watch the sunrise. However, while there, I noticed that the fencing in portions is mostly torn/fallen off, and the informational signs look very worn. In both cases, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s been that way for years. With the large volume of visitors (and money) that’s coming in, there is no reason that can’t be maintained, and I’ve been to multiple other national parks and didn’t see this. Of course, I would still recommend going, but just something I wasn’t expecting to see.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • steven s
    Tonawanda, New York235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You must see.
    You really can’t imagine how big the canyon is until you walk through it. Clean. They did pack the busses which we weren’t happy with. Hard to hold on when you have so many people sitting and standing. Bring lots of water.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Donna B
    Sapphire, North Carolina97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great American landmark
    Spectacular scenery everywhere you look. A must-see National Park. I would have rated it 4 1/2 if I could because the huge Visitor Center was closed. Nobody home. Forget getting info or help… they’re not available. Apparently they are training new park rangers. This came as the park was full of people who came for the eclipse. Only the government would make a stupid decision like that. Come anyway.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Keith518
    Thompson, Connecticut110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe Inspiring
    I am 67 and have wanted to visit the Grand Canyon for most of my life. Of course I had seen countless photos and videos of it so I thought I knew what to expect. But when we came to the first lookout area and the Canyon came into view... OH MY GOD! You can't prepare yourself for the the awe and magnificence of seeing it in person. It's so big, so high, so wide, so amazing.... just breathtaking. So glad I finally got to experience this wonder.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Guruprasad
    142 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see once!
    You will have to see it once I guess, what with it being a natural wonder. Once inside the park (as it’s also called), you have three shuttles, red, blue and orange. You will want to catch sunset at the canyon, which we did at Hopi point. When the bus dropped us back at the drop off point, it was so dark we couldn’t see where we were, and had a tough time finding our way to our car. Later we saw that different parking lots have posts with different animals but it’s hard to see in the dark, there is just no light, either in the lot, near the lot or anywhere else. So remember where you parked and note down the landmarks. Or have some GPS to guide you. PS: If you can, go the Desert View Watchtower point, two stops before the Watch tower stop, you'll get the most spectacular views of all the South Rim points.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • SusanS
    Augusta, Georgia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views and friendly service!!
    Besides the Spectacular views, all the workers were wonderful!! Our favorite was Captain Kirk who did the Sunset Tour. We loved the information guy at Kolb. Everywhere we went people were helpful and friendly. All the pleasantness added to the experience. Thank you all!!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Charles S
    Apalachicola, Florida52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding park and services, except for one over-rated restaurant.
    A must-see bucket list thing that you really MUST SEE to appreciate! Unlike anything else I've seen. Stay inside the park for the best experience. It is a beautiful, well-run park, with great shuttle buses to most viewpoints, attractions, and a good full size grocery store. We stayed at the Kachina Lodge, right on the South Rim and close to much of what the park offers. The hotels in this section all offer outstanding views right outside the buildings. The canyon itself is very accessible, with awesome views all along the Rim Trail. The only thing we found disappointing was the restaurant in the famous El Tovar hotel. Slow service with several order errors, and sub-par, overpriced food at every course. Other nearby eateries in the park are better.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 7, 2024
  • Claire K
    Hove, United Kingdom1,836 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day 6 of the American Adventure
    Yes you can read all about it, take a virtual tour but NOTHING prepares you for the heaven on earth view that is the Grand Canyon. That first glimpse….literally bought tears to my eyes. And I’m sure all those tours you can buy are lovely, but we just walked from Bright Angel on the South Rim, along to the Visitor Centre & back again. Perfection. And then , because it was out of season, were allowed to drive to Hermits Rest at the other end. The wardens were hugely helpful & informative & after you’d paid the National Park fee, you could park anywhere & move from area to area. Oh & we did some laundry at the Market Plaza in between breakfast….happy days. Grand Canyon though. A sight we’ll never forget.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 27, 2024
  • Timo van den Berg
    Overtornea, Sweden728 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking location with great trails and parkingspots
    The views here are breathtaking. The area is so unique and beautiful, we enjoyed every minute. Every second you move around, you want to take a hundred pictures. Every viewing point has a parking lot and most of them have a toilet. There are good places for food and drinks, and souvenirs. The visitors centers are also good. Having a quick chat with some park-rangers will also learn you more and more of the area. Spend some days here. We did just one day, but we only drove around. Hiking here on the trails would be lovely, but I was sick during my stay.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 10, 2024
  • travelingal31
    105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another Great National Park!
    We only visited the South Rim. We all loved it. The pictures don't do it justice. We were able to hike quite a bit. We never had to wait long for a bus! I liked that you could rent bikes right at the visitor's center!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 17, 2024
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Have Camera, Will Travel
South Bend, IN3,571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Grand Canyon does not disappoint. It was amazing to see. I highly recommend seeing a sunrise and sunset. The shadows create an amazing effect that you do not get in the middle of the day. It is people-ly, even in March, but mainly at the main parking area and Mather Point. The bus out to Hermit's Rest in the morning was very pleasant. It was getting busy about the time we headed back to the lodge. It was also cold in the AM and warm in the afternoon, so dress in layers (depending on season).
Written May 2, 2024
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Geesh such a national treasure. This needs to be on everyone's bucket list. This is a truly special place. We drove to the park from Williams. The first view of the canyon is from Mather's Point very near to the visitor center. Once you park leave your car there and take the shuttles. Very well-organized shuttle system. Towards Hermits Rest no cars are allowed except in the winter months. The buses run about every 15 minutes or so. When you are done viewing and area there is usually a short wait until the bus returns and takes you farther. Some of the shuttle drivers are very informative others only say what they need to say. Every overlook is breathtaking. At Hermits Rest you ride the bus back. The bus stops at all overlooks going out but only three coming back so pay attention so you don't get stuck somewhere. After the shuttle ride we drove out towards the east to Grandview. That road goes farther but we were tired and out of time.
Written April 26, 2024
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gwlillie
Nash, OK41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The day was beautiful, and the views were amazing. It is a "once in a lifetime" experience. Be sure to spend a whole day and enjoy it all. Also the shuttle service was great except there are times when the shuttles are full and you have to wait for the next one. The only issue we found was in parking. We parked next to the Belle Isle Bicycle rental and took the shuttle from there. However, when we asked the shuttle driver to drop us off, he dropped us off at the Belle Isle Trailhead....several miles from our car. We asked around and no one could direct us to our vehicle. After about an hour, a nice couple offered to help and new the park well enough to take us to our parking area. Maybe, Grand Canyon needs to change the name of their bicycle rental area.
Written April 23, 2024
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Travel_Expert
San Antonio, TX32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Stunning creation of nature. The endless view of orange colors should amaze you, with streams of blue. The shuttle system is extremely convenient and helps a lot. Remember to bring water and stay cool for the canyon gets very hot.
Written April 23, 2024
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Jurora
Peterborough, Canada596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Who wouldn't rate this a 5 star attraction! The views were outstanding, and such a natural setting...not man-made!! Hubby and I visited together this time, and I had last been here with my parents and siblings in Aug of '69 and '73, then March of '76. I am afraid of heights, so I didn't look over too much. We started at Mather Point, where my legs would not allow me to go up to the lookout, but my hubby did, and he was in awe, with his mouth open, of the beauty and depth of the Canyon. He had never been before, so all new to him. We walked along, westward, and with quite a bit of snow and some icy bits on the trail, that made me more nervous, so I held his arm, not closest to the edge. The trail can be close to the edge of the Canyon, and we wondered why the park didn't have logs or rocks along those areas, for more of a protection from the edge. My daughter felt that way too, when she visited in May of 22. I was okay to go out onto a lookout area, that had railings along it, and another area much further along that has a gift shop building, right at the edge, so I was able to look below, inside this building, where I felt safer. It wasn't a complete drop-off at that area though. That was close to the Bright Angel Trail. We did use the bus service within the park, to get to that area and back. We did go into another gift shop, beforehand, and earlier at the Visitor's Centre, we went in to the theatre to watch a film on the history, nature and all about the park. A must see! Luckily we were there late morning until mid aft, when it was sunny, with just a bit of breeze, because later pm, the gray clouds came in, and the wind picked up! We were there 3.5 hours.
Written April 15, 2024
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SouthwestRach
St Agnes, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Wow, incredible place and really well set up. Definitely worth a visit and easy enough to do without a tour. Head away from the visitor centre for a quieter vibe.
Written March 30, 2024
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO774 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great trip, we spent most of the day 7-4 and were able to stop at basically every spot from the east entrance (where we came in) all the way through the visitor center, village, market, hermit's rest, etc. Definitely a lot of walking and several opportunities to hike. The shuttle buses were pretty efficient; we never waited more than 15 minutes to get on, even though it was busy by the afternoon. One suggestion; instead of trying to park at the visitor center, which fills up really quickly, park somewhere near Market Plaza. Even by the time we left there were tons of open spots, whereas the visitor center lots were all full and cars were parking down both sides of the street, etc. You can take the shuttles basically everywhere, so I don't think it matters where you leave your car for the day.
Written March 27, 2024
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WIatHeart
Greenleaf, WI148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Bucket list item checked off. The weather partially cooperated, was a bit chilly, but being from the midwest, we were prepared with our winter jackets. There is a fully functional small town here, so though priced accordingly, you can find pretty much whatever you need here. Grocery store, library, bus service. We hiked a stretch of the rim trail, enjoyed seeing more of the nooks and crannies than would from the road, and then took the shuttle once we were ready to see the rest of the stops in the westerly direction and head back for our lunch break. The sun didn't fully cooperate, but did get a few shots of good lighting at sunset one of our two nights. How dark it gets creating incredible starry night views was amazing. Yes, it's just a big hole in the ground, but every stretch of the rim trail gives you a new view to enjoy.
Written March 27, 2024
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Snakewrangler
Brentwood, CA525 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I was under impressed with the Grand Canyon. Yes, it is big but really after seeing Bryce, Antelope and Zion...I pretty much went yup there it is. There is a museum/visitor center and a number of outlooks with safety rails so you can get all the way to the edge.
Written March 25, 2024
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Maiya L
Stockton, CA113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Awe inspiring views! Lots of elk and deer along the roads. Everyone should experience the Grand Canyon once in their lifetime. Find a spot to watch the sun set and be totally amazed. We went in the off season and it was still crowded but nothing like the summers. A car pass is good for 7 days so you can go into the park as many times as you want without paying each time.
Written March 22, 2024
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