Visiting the Grand Canyon

People all over the world come to visit Arizona’s very own hole-in-the-ground, the Grand Canyon.  A 3-hour drive from the Phoenix area, the magnitude of the Grand Canyon can’t be realized through pictures or video.  Have you been there lately?  Here are some different ways to visit the wonder-of-the-world that is right in our back yard. Drop by the North Rim

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is visited by only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. Open from mid-May until the fall, the north rim is a quieter part of the park, with great hiking and views. The north rim has only one place to stay: The Grand Canyon Lodge (make reservations well in advance). From the Grand Canyon Lodge, you can walk the paved half-mile mile trail out to Bright Angel Point for spectacular view of the Canyon.

Take the train

Drive up to Williams and spend the night at this quaint western town.  The next day at 10:00 a.m., hop aboard the Grand Canyon Railway for a two-hour scenic ride to the Grand Canyon.  Choose how you’ll ride, from coach to luxury. With strolling musicians, knowledgeable crew members and a train robbery, you don’t even have to look out the window to have a good time.  After a few hours at the Grand Canyon, the train departs at 3:30 for a 2-hour ride back to Williams.

INFO>> 1-800-THE-TRAIN; www.thetrain.com

 

Have some Lunch with that View

The El Tovar Hotel sits on the edge of the South Rim.  Besides being a nice place to stay, the hotel hosts a gourmet restaurant with views of the South Rim while you eat.  Choose from Mediterranean Salad with Grilled Chicken, Pepper Crusted Angus Burger, a Navajo Taco, and more.  And don’t forget to occasionally look out the window.

INFO>> www.grandcanyonlodges.com