Know what kind of trip you're taking
First-time visitors to the Grand Canyon are in for an unparalleled treat. However, the national park is so vast, you have multiple options for enjoying your time here.
The most popular trail – where you’re bound to meet plenty of other travellers and holidaymakers – is reached via Highway 180 North. For many visitors, it’s the first port of call. With good amenities, knowledgeable guides and plenty to see, your initial steps into the Grand Canyon will be well-served from this entrance.
For a nature-packed experience on the path less trodden, enter the park from the east entrance via Highway 89 instead. Fewer travellers at this gateway mean you can fully soak in the awe-inspiring experience without losing any stunning views. Climb the Desert View Tower near the entrance to fully appreciate the majesty of your surroundings from its viewing platform.
Finally, for the truly panoramic vistas, head to the South Rim. Most photographs of the full expanse of the Grand Canyon have been taken from this area, so watching the sun set from its vantage point is a must.