(Closed) Visiting the Grand Canyon

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 4
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kmarie719:  Check out the Dam on your way. We went to the South Rim and hiked down the Bright Angel trail a little bit.

Post # 5
5890 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@kmarie719:  I dont have any advice for you, but one thing I can say–you will in no way just say “yup it’s a canyon”. The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I am not exagerating when I say, took my breath away. When you really think about how that giant hole in the ground was actually made, you will feel so small and insignificant. But you will be left with such awe over the magnitude of it all. 

We stopped at the Hoover Dam. We went on the tour. But I was with an Electrical Engineer at the time. It was very interesting to hear about the history and deaths, but dont worry if you miss it. 

Post # 6
14 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

They recently built a clear “walk out” over the edge of the canyon. You can see through the bottom as you walk out on it. I think it’s called the Skywalk. I haven’t been since they built it but that seems compleatly awesome/freaky lol. I was like you the first time I went to the Grand Canyon…thinking oh it’s just a big hole in the ground but it’s one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Even if you only stayed 30 mins it would be totally worth it. Promise. 😉

Post # 7
8036 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

You have to go on that glass platform thingy. And the Hoover Dam.

We took a helicopter tour from Vegas. They dropped us right in the canyon… it was pretty cool. I despise flying and was terrified, but I’m glad I did it lol. It’s a really neat perspective to be IN the canyon vs. just looking down at it. That and it also wasn’t an all-day thing.. a few hours in total and we were back in Vegas.








Post # 8
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You might find these websites useful…

Nevada Tourism (Hoover Dam) = http://travelnevada.com/destinations/hoover-dam/

National Park Service (Grand Canyon) = http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

Arizona Tourism (Grand Canyon) = http://www.arizonaguide.com/things-to-do/grand-canyon

And of course the best Trip Planing Tool on the Internet… TripAdvisor.  They have a Travel Guide, Reviews (Accommodations – Attractions – Restaurants) and a Travel Forum where you can post Questions and get first hand info from TA Destination Experts & Locals.  LOVE TA, won’t plan even a quick getaway any more without reading up there first.

TripAdvisor (Grand Canyon National Park Travel Guide) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g143028-Grand_Canyon_National_Park_Arizona-Vacations.html

Hope this helps,


Post # 9
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with pp. The glass platform was pretty crazy in a good way. And definitely check out Hoover Dam. 

Post # 10
11163 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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@kmarie719:  In the winter the tourists are more sparse and some of the exhibits and tourist traps shut down. North Rim is typically chains only as it is at a higher elevation.

The Grand Canyon is amazing, beyond words. It took my breath away and I am desperately trying to return with DH who has never been. You will truly enjoy the view but note that there isn’t a lot to do in the area in the winter, it is a major out door activities destination.

The Hoover Dam is worth a trip but only if you have the time. I’m not a huge fan if it is going to cut back on your time significantly.

Oh and here is information on the glass platform. I was not impressed and down right terrified. You have to pay to get on the reservation and then pay to get on the platform…it was expensive. Also, if you see any tribe members on the reservation you have to pay them to take their picture. I took a photo that didn’t have a person in it and was told to pay. I had to bust out the digital screen and prove that I was merely photgraphing landscape. I was less than impressed. 🙁


Post # 12
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012


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@kmarie719:  Glad to help

In that case, all the more reason to check out TA… and their Travel Forums where you can post Questions / chat one-on-one with the TA Destination Experts, Locals and Other Travellers about your concerns

Travel Forums on TA are much like these Boards here on WeddingBee.  Great People… Great Info.

Hope this helps,


Post # 13
4045 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

The North Rim will be closed due to snow. You will only visit the South Rim. I highly recommend having lunch at the El Tovar – gorgeous historic hotel. Yummy food too.

Hike around a bit. You can go down into the canyon a ways, and it’s worthwhile.

Post # 15
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@kmarie719:  Lol, once you read / use the Forums you’ll be even more addicted to TA !!

Mr TTR & I are semi retired, we travel a lot, be it for a weekend getaway or longer… I don’t go anywhere now without consulting some aspect of TA

LOVE IT… no more crappy hotel rooms (Re – Accommodation Reviews).  And when I’m looking for ideas, tips, or just general info like you are, the Forums are the place to go.


Post # 16
6114 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@kmarie719:  If you’re going in December, the North Rim is going to be closed (you can still visit, but services are closed).  The South Rim, also known as Grand Canyon Village, will be open.

ETA I see you said South Rim!

If you’re in any kind of shape, you can hike down a bit to get some different vantage points.  Bright Angle and Kaibab Trail are popular.  I did an 8 hour hike out to Plateau Point through Indian Gardens Campground.  That was 3,000 vertical feet.  Remember you’re at 8,000 feet on the South Rim.  It could be snowing or icy!  It was 22 degrees in the AM when I camped there one May.


Here is the official GC NPS link



Here is a link to stuff you can see and do.  There are ruins, museums, scenic drives, hikes, ranger talks, etc.  I recall Tusayan Museum and Ruin that had a 3,000 year old “toy figurine” on display.  I thought that was impressive. I like seen ancient Indian structures too.  The Watchtower you can climb up to get panoramic views. 



Since Grand Canyon Village is kind of far from everythig else.  Not sure if you planned on staying IN the park or not.  Williams, AZ is 1.5 hours away.  It’ll will be getting dark at 5pm in December, so you could drive back to a real town in the evening if you wanted.

So in summary, if you don’t do any hiking at all (except for some strolls at the rim), this would be very much a drive, park, and get out and look at something, repeat kind of trip that you could do in one day.  The park newspaper you ask for upon entrance does have suggested itineraries, if you have 1/2 day, 1 day, couple days.  Or you can ask the ranger for their input.  I don’t know of any “secrets.” I do for other parks!

Let me know if you’d like more info!


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