If you're undecided about what to do when you visit the Grand Canyon, this guide will help.
In our book, this is a must-do experience. There's no better or more exciting way to see the canyon, especially if you're only going to be there for a short time.
Get Away from the CrowdsMost Grand Canyon visitors crowd up in Grand Canyon Village or at the most popular viewpoints. All you have to do is walk a few hundred feet away from any of them and you'll be surprised how few people you'll find. Use the convenient shuttles to go out as far as you think you can walk, then hike back.
This historic national park lodge is a great place to stay, but even if you're not sleeping there, go in and take a look around. The dining room and public spaces are open to everyone.
Hopi HouseOpened in 1905 as the Grand Canyon's first curio shop, Hopi House was designed by architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, which is reason enough for a look around. It's also one of the nicest places in the area to pick up a nice piece of Southwest art or a to buy a good souvenir. It's located right across from the El Tovar on the canyon rim.
We haven't done it ourselves but everyone who has tell us it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that's not to be missed.
Mule trips are offered for day trippers as well as those who want to go all the way down to the Colorado River for a one or two night stay at Phantom Ranch.
It's only a few miles away as the crow flies, but with higher elevation, more sloping walls and fewer visitors, the North Rim offers a completely different Grand Canyon experience.