Make the most of your time in Grand Canyon by participating in classic excursions and seeing must-see attractions. You can begin with the items on our list.
Hikers will find paradise in Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding area. There is a lot of wilderness in Grand Canyon National Park. There are hundreds of miles just waiting to be explored by foot, backpack, or car. It’s possible to find quiet in the Grand Canyon even though it receives millions of visitors annually with a relatively short hike.
While Grand Canyon National Park provides visitors with a free map upon entry, Trails Illustrated publishes not one but three different Grand Canyon maps, each tailored to a specific area of the canyon.
Ride a Mule into the Grand Canyon
Ride a mule through Grand Canyon National Park and discover the park’s depths via well-known routes like the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails. Taking a mule ride through the Grand Canyon is a fun way to see the park without putting too much strain on your legs.
Ride a Train
Excursions, cultural experiences, and learning about the past! If you want to combine sightseeing with adventure and learn about the area’s rich history during your trip to the Grand Canyon, then the Grand Canyon Railway is the way to go. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will enhance your trip to the Grand Canyon immeasurably. You’ll leave your car at the Williams, Arizona train station (about 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim) and take the train to your final destination. It’s a great option for reaching the park.
Take a Scenic Drive
We consider a trip to the Grand Canyon to be the pinnacle of American travel. Quite simply, it’s the most beautiful drive ever. As a matter of fact, there are so many beautiful roads to choose from, we can’t pick just one.
Spend a Night or More Camping
You can set up a tent and spend the night under the stars, or you can park your RV in one of the campgrounds in the park.
Go on a Rafting Trip
Taking a raft down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon is one of the most thrilling things you can do in your life.
Take a Helicopter Tour
Experience the Grand Canyon from above with a helicopter tour for a one-of-a-kind and breathtaking perspective of this deep and expansive natural wonder.
Ride a Bike
Ride your bike further and take in more breathtaking scenery. For a peaceful and traffic-free ride along the South Rim, rent a bike from Bright Angel Bicycles in the park and pedal along Hermit Road, which is closed to passenger vehicles.
Stand on the Grand Canyon Skywalk
Located on Hualapai-owned Grand Canyon West, the horseshoe-shaped Grand Canyon Skywalk extends nearly 70 feet out over the canyon. They are not affiliated with the National Park Service or the Grand Canyon.
The Skywalk has a transparent, 4-inch-thick glass bottom, so guests can look over the edge or straight down to see the canyon’s full, 4-mile vertical drop.
Take a Desert Jeep Tour
Off-road and on, explore the desert wilderness around the Grand Canyon and other nearby tourist hotspots like Sedona. Take in the breathtaking scenery and observe the vast array of native wildlife.