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Things to do at The Grand Canyon

If you’re looking for things to do at the Grand Canyon and which side you should enter we have a lot of tips for you from a family who road trips often!


We love to travel with our kids! We have been to The Grand Canyon Arizona three times as a family. We’ve visited through all three entrances to get a peek at the canyon from all angles too. Here’s what to expect when you visit this amazing National Park.

How Many Days do You Need at the Grand Canyon

Two full days is the minimum really to really explore it a bit. If you want to hike I would try to extend if you possibly can. Each entrance is different and best if you can see both. Photos here are when entering in the Desert View East Entrance. That will give you a frame of reference, every side is a different view.

We were visiting Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff and hadn’t visited the museum and ruin site there so we thought we’d head that direction.

Just before we entered the park there was a view point where we pulled off and took some amazing pictures and saw a stand with handmade dreamcatchers and jewelry.


Things to do around Grand Canyon

Once inside we stopped off at a few viewpoints as well as the ruins and Tusayan Museum. They had a variety of artifacts and interesting information inside.


We figured we would drive from this East entrance to the other one not far away and hit all the interesting areas along the way to video and get out and explore.

It seems as though each stop inside The Grand Canyon looks different so it’s worth it to stop several times along the way.


Things to do at The Grand Canyon with Kids

We have also visited Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon with them and they are trips we will always remember. It’s one of the best vacation spots for kids in our opinion.

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One of the last stops we made before we hit the South entrance (where we would exit).

  • This was this spot (Grandview Point) where we took a picture together atop this rock that overlooked the canyon. My favorite picture of the entire trip!

Like I said, every spot gives you a different vantage point of The Grand Canyon.

Lighting differs depending on the different locations too which can make it warmer and cooler. You can find trails and explore that way as well, but we chose to just site see this visit.


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