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7 Best things to see & do in Grand Canyon National Park

  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States of America (USA)

Desert View Drive

  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States of America (USA)

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Landscape of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River

Experience

This spectacular 23-mile drive takes you along the Canyon’s southern rim to the Desert View Services Area, with regular viewpoints (with parking) along the way. Views are jaw-dropping and guaranteed to give you your fill of Canyon landscapes (and photographs). It’s the only place in the Park where you can self-drive – well worth it if you have a car.

Good for age: 4+

Duration: 2 hours

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Hike the South Kaibab Trail

  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States of America (USA)

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Hike the South Kaibab Trail

Experience

The vertiginous South Kaibab Trail is a stunning hike on a well-maintained dirt trail. There are 3 main stop points: Ooh-Aah Point (1 mile), Cedar Ridge (1.5 miles) and Skeleton Point (3 miles), so you can choose what suits you. The route descends nearly 1,000m to the river; allow twice the time and effort coming back. It begins at Yaki Point. Access by shuttle bus from the South Rim.

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 1 day

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Hike the Bright Angel Trail

  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States of America (USA)

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Hike the Bright Angel Trail

Experience

This 7-mile each way trail, departing from the South Rim, is a popular (but long) single day hike that gets you out into the scenery, down to the canyon floor. There are resthouses and distance markers en-route. Remember – it’s a fairly easy walk down, but harder work to come back up.

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 1 day

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Horseshoe Bend

  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States of America (USA)

Landscape view of strange horseshoe shaped geological formation in the Grand Canyon National Park

Experience

This geological stunner is located near the town of Page, Arizona, a 2.5-hour drive from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. The lookout point is a 10-minute walk from the car park. You can also kayak, raft and tour by helicopter.

Good for age: 6+

Skywalk

  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States of America (USA)

Landscape of the Grand Canyon with a small viewing platform jutting out

Experience

This U-shaped cantilever bridge, built by the Hualapai on the concession at the West Rim, is 10 feet wide, has 6 feet tall walls, and extends 70 feet out from Eagle Point. Stepping out, you look down 4,000 feet into the Canyon through the 5 layers of 2.5-inch-thick, reinforced glass – sufficiently strong to withstand a bomb blast!

Adult price: 25

Good for age: 6+