South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, October 7, 2011
Our visit to the Grand Canyon in 2011 started with camping on the north rim, which was cut short because of a threat of early season snow. The drive around to the south rim is 213 miles, but, since were traveling a couple of days early, we didn’t have a reservation at the Grand Canyon Village campground, so we went to the KOA at Williams, Arizona, 238 miles.
This was our second visit to the Grand Canyon. Many people really love it, but we probably won’t ever have it as one of our preferred destinations. It’s very big, but it’s also very much the same from one viewpoint to the next. If we do go back, we’ll probably visit the north rim. It is far less visited and at a higher altitude. It also seemed to have more of the shorter trails that we prefer.
Grand Canyon (Wikitravel)
The Grand Canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located entirely in northern Arizona and is one of the great tourist attractions in the United States. The massive canyon encompasses several distinct areas, most famous of which is Grand Canyon National Park , a United States National Park. The national park is itself divided into two main areas: the remote North Rim and the more accessible (and therefore more crowded) South Rim. In addition, the southwestern end of the canyon is located within the borders of two Indian reservations: the Havasupai Indian Reservation and the Hualapai Indian Reservation (also known as Grand Canyon West). All of the sections of the canyon offer amenities for visitors, but the national park, and in particular the South Rim, is by far the most popular destination and the best equipped to handle the millions of yearly visitors.
Read more about Grand Canyon on the “Free Travel Guide,” Wikitravel.