How to See the Grand Canyon

See the Grand Canyon
See the Grand Canyon

How to See the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon, located in the Colorado Plateau of Arizona, is one of the most beautiful and most visited sites in the United States. Seeing the Grand Canyon in person is a dream of many and if you're lucky enough to go to the Grand Canyon, you should know that there are many ways to see the Grand Canyon, ranging from a hike to a helicopter.

Plan for your visit to the Grand Canyon by getting information from National Park Service website and the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce website. Order travel brochures and maps to help you see the Grand Canyon.

Stop by a visitor's center once you arrive at the Grand Canyon. For the South Rim, the main visitor's center is Canyon View Information Plaza, located near Mather Point. For the North Rim, the main visitor's center is the North Rim Visitor's Center. Both centers can provide you with maps and literature as well as additional information on visiting the canyon.

Drive your car around the Grand Canyon. You can see several parts and scenic spots of the Grand Canyon from the car. Desert View Drive on the South Rim is one location, as is Point Imperial on the North Rim. Find specific details about car routes and scenic viewpoints online.

Take a day hike on a trail at the Grand Canyon. There are many trails on both the North and South Rims of the canyon. Some of these are even handicapped accessible. There's a list of trails on the National Park Service website, along with specific information about each trail.

Be part of a guided tour of the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon Field Institute, a part of the Grand Canyon Association, gives guided tours to visitors and covers topics ranging from canyon history to canyon geology. Find information on choosing a tour or signing up for one on the Grand Canyon Association's website.

Experience the Grand Canyon on a mule. Mule Rides are available for canyon visitors on both the North and South Rims. These mule trips can be from 1 hour long to overnight trips, depending on what you're looking for. Schedules and sign ups are on the National Park Service website.

Raft the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. These river trips range from 1 to 25 days and fill up quickly. People interested in a river trip have to enter a lottery on the National Park Service website. Details about this lottery and the types of river trips offered can be found online.

Go on a helicopter tour of the canyon. The Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce has information on helicopter and other air tours of the Grand Canyon.

Tips & Warnings

  • Directions to the Grand Canyon, information on weather and road conditions near the Grand Canyon are on the website for the National Park Service.
  • Be sure to plan ahead for your trip to the Grand Canyon. Mule trips, helicopter tours and river trips fill up very quickly.
  • Visit the online bookstore of the Grand Canyon Association for books and maps of the Grand Canyon before you visit.
  • Request brochures about the Grand Canyon from the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, just fill out the form on their website.

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