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Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Watchtower

The Desert View Watchtower stands 70 feet tall at the eastern end of the South Rim and is the highest vantage point in Grand Canyon National Park. On a clear day you can see over 100 miles in a spectacular panoramic view. You can easily see the North Rim – 10 miles away, yet looks like it’s ‘right there’. And you can gaze out to the east to see the painted desert or to the west and see the true…

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Yavapai Observation Station

Yavapai Observation Station

Our family found the Yavapai Observation Station to be one of the Grand Canyon south rim’s best vantage points with a wonderful geology museum – and the air conditioning was nice, too!. Reachable by the Grand canyon Orange line, you can walk along the rim trail from here to Mather Point (another family favorite). The museum had a lot of hands-on displays that explained the colorful layers of the canyon and the prehistoric era that many of them represent. Along…

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Grand Canyon Sunset

Grand Canyon Sunset

Seeing a Grand Canyon sunset is a unique experience that will give you a different view all together of the canyon’s beauty. As the sun sets, the layers of rock and their colors are highlighted in a subtle way. Seeing the sunset also gave us an excuse to have ice cream treats and go for an evening stroll along the rim trail! There is a lot written about best places to see the sunset and when to get there, and…

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Mather Point

Mather Point

Mather Point is our family’s vote as the best view of the Grand Canyon (Yavapai was a close second). If you’ve ever seen a picture of tourists against a railing overlooking the massive abyss of the Grand Canyon…than you’ve probably seen this highly-photographed vista. Mather Point is within walking distance of the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. This visitor center is where the BLUE and ORANGE bus lines meet. It’s a very impressive, newly renovated building with large displays and a…

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Hopi House

Hopi House

The Hopi House in the Grand Canyon Village was designed by the famous architect Mary Jane Elizabeth Colter, and completed construction in 1905 just before the El Tovar was completed. It was designed to blend in with it’s rim-side surroundings and was constructed of the same dried clay and similar fashion as the nearby Hopi Indians. The Hopi Indians are a tribe of the Pueblo Indians that reside in Arizona and regions around the Grand Canyon. At the time of…

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El Tovar

El Tovar

No trip to the Grand Canyon would be complete without visiting El Tovar. This historic lodge sits on the canyon rim and is a great stop for lodging, a meal, or just a drink. Built in 1905 after the Sante Fe railroad reached the Grand Canyon, this hotel became the stop of choice for America’s turn-of-the-century wealthy travelers. It’s native rock and Oregon Pine construction, with large deck, rooftop finial, and large wrap around decks, and stuffed wildlife-adorned lobby make…

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Grand Canyon Bus System

Grand Canyon Bus System

The Grand Canyon bus system is great way to get to the various vistas, and it’s a service that’s provided by the National Park Service for FREE! There are three bus lines that service the south rim: Blue-Village Route; Orange-Kaibab Route; and Red-Hermit’s Road. Most of the Grand Canyon’s visitors are in the “Village area”, and for good reason it’s where all the lodging, concessions, and majority of the organized activities take place. The BLUE Grand Canyon bus route is…

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Bright Angel Trail

Bright Angel Trail

The Bright Angel Trail was a vacation highlight on our trip to the Grand Canyon! It offered a unique view and vantage point as compared to the rim trail. One concern is always the safety of the trail. I especially was concerned, as I had organized this family vacation, researched this trail, and concluded that it would safe for us to do with our 4 boys (ages 4, 10, 12, and 13). Thankfully…I was right! The trail offers views of…

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Grand Canyon Family Vacation

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

A Grand Canyon family vacation can be loads of fun. When I first started looking into this trip, I thought to myself “how many hours can we spend just looking at this giant crevasse?” As it turns out there is lots to do for the whole family; some great lodging options; delicious places to eat; and a multitude of vantage points each with their own unique view. Our Grand Canyon family vacation took place when our boys were ages 13,…

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