There is no doubt that spending a day at the Grand Canyon is on the bucket list for many people. We consider ourselves fortunate that the Grand Canyon National Park is more or less in our backyard. We get excited every time we take our customers to the south rim… not only because we love sharing the magnificence of this natural wonder with curious travelers, but also for the reason that we get to remember how it was to see the canyon for the first time whenever we look into the captivated faces of our clients.
While you could easily sit close to the edge of the canyon for hours and hours staring into the horizon and tracing the Colorado River, there is a lot more to explore along the south rim. In our Grand Canyon custom tour itinerary you can find more information about what to expect when traveling to this top Arizona tourist destination. This blog post focuses on the most requested sights and attractions when planning a day at the Grand Canyon National Park.
Mather Point is one of the most popular stops along the south rim. As you make your way down to a plateau you’ll have unobstructed views of the Grand Canyon with all its different layers of rock. Mather Point is considered one of the best places to watch the sunrise and/or the sunset; therefore, getting crowded during peak times. Nevertheless, you won’t want to miss this impeccable view and the many photo opportunities that come with it! In case you need to stock up on your water or snack supplies, you’ll find the Grand Canyon visitor center and store close by.
Another viewpoint worth stopping for on your Grand Canyon tour is the Yavapai Point located west of Mather Point. We usually recommend to take the easy 15-minute walk (one way) via the Rim Trail to Yavapai Point. It gives you a greater variety of Grand Canyon perspectives and you won’t have to deal with the hassle of parking your car in a limited parking lot. Yavapai Point is the most northern viewpoint and the closest to the Colorado River. If you’re interested in learning more about Grand Canyon’s geology, visit the Yavapai Observation Station. You’ll be amazed by the geology exhibition. Alternatively, you can follow one of the ranger walks and talks to learn more about this natural world wonder.
Close by the Mather and Yavapai Point is the Grand Canyon Village which makes for another great stop. While we already touched on the visitor center close to the Mather Point, the Market Plaza encompasses general stores, a post office, a bank, souvenir shops, as well as campgrounds. Lastly, for all history enthusiasts, the historical part of Grand Canyon Village will be of interest to you. You can find houses dating back to the early 1900s, such as Hopi House and the Lookout Studio. The train depot is also located in the historical district of Grand Canyon Village at which trains arrive at least once per day.
Lastly, when following the desert view drive about 20-miles toward the east entrance of the south rim, you’ll find the Desert Watchtower. It’s a 4-story stone building with a souvenir shop on the ground floor and an observation deck on the top to admire the views of the eastern parts of the Grand Canyon. When climbing the stairs in the watchtower, you’ll see the interior rock walls decorated by murals of petroglyphs. Furthermore, visitors can gain a unique perspective of the Grand Canyon by viewing it through a so called reflectoscope located by the watchtower.
The Grand Canyon has so much to offer that we haven’t even touched on in this blog. Message us and let us plan a custom Grand Canyon tour just for you. Be prepared for a unique travel experience accompanied by one of our knowledgeable local guides. Together, we’ll create memories that last a lifetime.