When we look back on New Year’s Eve, I set three travel goals. I love setting travel goals because it allows me to reflect over the previous year and decide what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. The first goal I set was to visit Asia, which I did!
My second goal was to visit the Grand Canyon. This is one of the most well-known spots in the entire United States, but I had never been! I finally made it out here and I was so excited to experience it and cross off my second travel goal for 2019!
My last goal is to head out on a group tour with Intrepid Travel. I’ve got six months left to achieve that one.
Here are some cool facts from Science Kids about the Grand Canyon you may not have known!
- Some people consider it one of the wonders of the natural world.
- The National Park is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
- The canyon is 6,000 feet deep!
- John Wesley Powell led the first expedition down the Grand Canyon in 1869. He was the first to use the name “Grand Canyon.”
- It was the 17th National Park established in the United States.
The South Rim of the canyon is a massive area, and where you enter the park will depend on where you’re coming from. If you’re coming from Phoenix, Sedona or Flagstaff, you’ll drive up to the South Entrance. I came from Page (north), so I came in through the East Entrance.
My day started at the Desert View stop which is a spectacular spot to view the canyon and the river. It also has a visitor’s center, bathroom and snack shop. From there, drive along the rim road and pull over at the lookouts to see the canyon from different angles and edges.
Eventually you’ll make your way to the main visitor center and you can talk to a ranger and get recommendations on where to go and look out over Mather Point, the most popular spot. This area is also where the shuttle stop is, which you can take into the village if you have a few days here.
If you’ve prepared and you’re up for it, you can try hiking in the canyon. Just know it’s mostly all elevation changes! Only about 20% of people who visit descend below the rim, and only 1% make it to the bottom. Even if you don’t hike to the bottom, the Grand Canyon is called “grand” for a reason. It is just spectacular from every angle and I had a blast driving through the park and enjoying the views.
Here are some of my favorite snapshots from my day at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.