There are a lot of activities to do to suit people of all ages during tours to the Grand Canyon. Whether you like to raft, take long walks, or cycle, outdoor adventure options are plentiful. You can also choose to take in your environment as you snap photos, if you’d rather not break a sweat. Here are some Grand Canyon activities that are worth considering:
Grand Canyon Scenic Drives
There are a lot of roads to be explored in the Grand Canyon as you take in the beautiful surroundings. Taking a road trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon is one of the most effective ways possible to explore the massive region, especially if you don't have a lot of time on your hands. It may help to consider driving an off-roading vehicle because while some of the roads are paved, you'll encounter some bumpy dirt roads.
Grand Canyon Scenic Viewpoints
Deciding on whether to visit the Grand Canyon South Rim versus the North Rim? The Grand Canyon stretches for over 277 miles, and the views are vast and endless, regardless of which side of the canyon you choose. There are also numerous beautiful photo opportunities to ensure you have something to remind you of your experience. The South Rim has arguably the best views, but the North Rim is touted for being especially appealing for those looking for a more tranquil experience.
The West Rim isn’t to be forgotten, though! This area is home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a bridge made of glass that provides a unique view even below your feet, from thousands of feet in the air.
Grand Canyon Skywalk
The popular skywalk is located at the Grand Canyon’s West Rim and is close to the Grand Canyon Village. The bridge adds to the excitement of a Grand Canyon visit with a unique opportunity to have a bird's-eye view of the canyon itself, without the need for a helicopter ride.
If the skywalk isn’t enough, nearby are other popular tourist destinations such as Las Vegas and Lake Mead with various sightseeing options along the way. You can also visit Grand Canyon West Vistas, which offers modern conveniences like a canyon-view restaurant, an airport, and a small lodge.
Of course, many tourists choose to partake in other outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, taking a mule ride, and visiting nearby native villages.
Grand Canyon Imax
The canyon’s Imax theater allows visitors to explore the Grand Canyon virtually and see details they may have otherwise missed while hiking. If hiking isn't your thing or the weather isn't cooperative, what better way to learn about the Grand Canyon than through an Imax movie experience?
Hiking the Grand Canyon
One of the allures of hiking is that you can do it at your own pace and decide the distance you want to cover. For some, it’s optimal to visit the Grand Canyon for more than a day's hike in order to take in as much as possible, while for others, it's best as a day trip–especially if they are staying nearby or just taking a short road trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.
The best recommended times to visit the Grand Canyon are during the spring and fall, because the weather is mild and you can avoid the overcrowding that comes with the peak season of summer. Day visitors aren't required to obtain a permit, but if you’re camping, be sure to get one from the Backcountry Reservations Office.