With so much to see in this vast country, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to planning a trip to The Grand Canyon Arizona, USA. World-class cities, some known for history and others known for fun or glamour, give visitors a broad spectrum of places to choose from. The best places to visit in the Arizona, United States near The Grand Canyon can depend on your personal interests.
South Rim – Open All Year
Grand Canyon Village is the center of activity and the transportation hub for the South Rim of the park. The village is the only place where the railroad reaches the rim of Grand Canyon.
Desert View is a small settlement on the South Rim located 23 miles/ 37 km east of Grand Canyon Village, near the eastern edge of Grand Canyon. Arizona State Route 64, Also known as Desert View Drive, is a scenic road that connects Desert View with Grand Canyon Village.
Lodging, restaurants and shops are open May 15, through October 15, of each year. During winter months, the North Rim is closed by snow.
A worthwhile trip for those who enjoy the road less traveled, the North Rim, or “other side” of the Grand Canyon is visited by only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. There is one lodge, Grand Canyon Lodge (managed by Forever Resorts) and one campground on the North Rim operated by the NPS.
The attractions listed below are all found on the South Rim, with the exception of the Skywalk at Eagle Point, which is located at the West Rim.
Visitor Centre & Mather Point Overlook
The Rim Trail is a mostly paved walking path that follows the rim of the Grand Canyon for 13 miles. It runs from South Kaibab Trailhead, east of the Visitor Center, to Hermit’s Rest, at the far west end of Hermit Road.