The Grand Canyon is a must see for everyone. That’s what I keep telling my girlfriend, and I think she’ll be in shock when she finally sees it. Really, it’s that jaw dropping. But people often ask: “what’s there to do besides looking at a hole in the ground?” Well, here are my suggestions.

Part of the trail

1. See it from different points of view – If you’re going all the way out to Arizona to see the grand canyon, please do something more than just walk around the south rim and take pictures. If that’s all you’re going to do, you’ll run out of fun real fast. There are numerous hiking trails that take you to different parts of the Grand Canyon. There’s even one that takes you down to the bottom, where you can camp and cross rivers and valleys. If you’re not in any shape to hike that far, you can rent horses to ride on the trails too. Also, check out the less visited north rim for another point of view. Or, if you have a little more money, there are small airplane tours you can take to view it from up top. Either way, leave the comforts of the parking lot and do some exploring.

Crater

2. See it last – this is kind of hard to do since you are definitely going there to see the grand canyon. However, nearby is the world’s largest preserved crater (above) and Sedona, a beautiful little town with great rock formations. Going to those places should be a part of your trip, unless you’re doing the 4 day hike down into the grand canyon. But the thing is, when you’ve seen such a jaw-dropping scene, the crater just doesn’t do it for you anymore, when normally, it would be a great sight by itself. So, if possible, I would save the best for last. I made the mistake of seeing the crater the day after the grand canyon and it was like drinking a sweetened tea after eating ice cream.

3. See it on a clear warm day – this might be pretty obvious but it’s really important. The Grand Canyon is located in a desert in Arizona and it gets extremely hot during summer time. Hiking will be an arduous task when the sun is beating down on you without the cover of trees. And like other national parks, there are no street lights to help you find your way when the sun goes down. (One time I had to hike down Half Dome in darkness with a tiny flash light for 5 hours. That was not fun). So plan accordingly and don’t forget the sunscreen.

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