Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Rebekah D
    Lowell, Massachusetts46 contributions
    Absolutely breathtaking
    We headed up to Grand Canyon National Park two days after a snow storm. Desert View road was closed because of the storm but the park still had so many amazing views to offer. The rangers were all extremely friendly and helpful. The views and I cannot state this enough were breathtaking. This was my first time at the Grand Canyon and it honestly moved me to tears, truly beautiful.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 11, 2023
  • D V
    Wautoma, Wisconsin76 contributions
    Words are not adequate - Need to see it
    Second visit for me. First for family. They found the place awesome and amazing. Words and pictures cant due justice. One has to experience it in person. First morning we were the only ones at the entry station. Mid March - a Sat. morning. Was not overly crowded at all. Shuttles running. Once we figured out the colors and routes....enjoyed our day. We had hoped to hike some of the trails down into the canyon but it was way too icy and slippery. In evening we drove over to the East side and the Desert Tower. Very happy to find the tower was open again and we were allowed to climb to the top -great views. Came back Sunday morning, had to wait a bit longer to get in. Park seemed to get crowded fairly quickly. Overlooks were pretty busy. When we left at noon the cars were lined up from the entry station almost all the way into Tusayan (2 miles away) and there was a continuous line of cars coming from Williams. If one gets the chance they should see the G. Canyon. It is quite the scenic wonder.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • annrcg
    504 contributions
    A must see
    We visited the South rim in late April. The Canyon is breathtaking and pictures do do it justice. The park is large with trails, museums, restaurants and stores. We liked down Angel Head Trail a bit to be under the rim. It is a bit scary if you are afraid of heights but worth it. We also hiked along the upper rim to see the views. The park was busy but manegable. I expect it gets very busy during the summer.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2023
  • CDTrip72
    Arlington Heights, Illinois244 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • steven s
    Tonawanda, New York87 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Donna B
    Sapphire, North Carolina98 contributions
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Keith518
    Thompson, Connecticut104 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Guruprasad
    140 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • SusanS
    Augusta, Georgia13 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Charles S
    Apalachicola, Florida57 contributions
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written January 7, 2024
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Mark Taggert
Kentucky6 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
Dude seriously it’s just a big hole in the ground and it’s all dirt. No shade trees, nothing interesting at all. Honestly, the desert is all just dirt so that was no surprise but the way everybody talks about the Grand Canyon I thought there’d be some stuff to do there,or at least something to do. Oh yeah that’s right… you can walk around on the dirt and look at the giant gaping hole in the ground and take pictures of the dirt. Big whoop. Not even worth the drive.
Written February 24, 2024
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daniel f
Kemble, Canada814 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon in person, as we have flown over it many times , but in person was so breathtaking, the park has an acceptable entry price, lots of areas to stop, camp, hike, park, eat, lots to see, a must do if ever out here, cheers
Written February 24, 2024
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Charles S
Apalachicola, FL57 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
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.
Written January 7, 2024
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bcheong
Shanghai, China26,654 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
What can we say. 1 of the great natural wonders of the world, with millions of years of history at your feet. A sight to behold
Written December 29, 2023
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SusanS
Augusta, GA13 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
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!!
Written December 26, 2023
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Chris E
Fort Wayne, IN81 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Truly a marvel, you must visit here to really comprehend how enormous the Grand Canyon really is. November was a great time to come here as it wasn’t too crowded and was warm enough to enjoy.
Written November 20, 2023
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Lead2829
North Lawrence, OH310 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Wow this place is amazing. It truly is something to see, and I hope you get the chance to see it sometime in your life. There’s tons of ways to explore, and you will have fun no matter what you do.
Written November 18, 2023
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ZKJL5
Topeka, KS36 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Took a day tour with Sheldon Finkelstein from Great Venture Tours and it was Amazing!!! He knew all the right places to stop and provided us with a ton of information. The Grand Canyon is so massive and so many people that this trip was made because he knew all the important things! I would highly recommend using him if going for a visit!
Written November 9, 2023
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Guruprasad
Singapore140 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
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.
Written October 26, 2023
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heikkih722
Helsinki, Finland1,564 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Grand Canyon is a great sightseeing place and you can see it time and time again in a different way. By car, you can get to the park of each viewpoint, from where it is a short distance to the viewpoints.
Written October 22, 2023
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