A trip to the Grand Canyon can require a little extra planning. Below is a list of travel tips to keep in mind when preparing for a trip to this beautiful landmark.
- Wear Layers and Comfortable Shoes - The temperature at the Grand Canyon varies greatly. Travel experts recommend that you always dress in layers. This allows you to take some layers off as the temperature rising and add layers when it gets colder.
- Bring Your Own Snacks and Water - While you can find some food vendors inside the park, these venues are typically very busy. When possible, bring snacks and water along with you, but be cautious of water intake if you're traveling with small children. If you're taking a tour, check with the vendor as they may already provide food and drinks as part of your package.
- Always Wear Sunscreen - A steady breeze at the Grand Canyon can make it difficult to tell your skin is burning, until it is too late. You should apply sunscreen prior to leaving the hotel, and bring some along to reapply every 2 hours.
- Make a Plan - The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and one mile deep, and is split into several rims, such as the North Rim, South Rim, and West Rim. It would be impossible for you to explore all parts of the Grand Canyon in just one or two day. Ensure you do not miss the most important parts, by planning your trip in advance. Do plenty of online research to determine which parts of the park would interest you the most.
- Know the Best Time to Visit - The busiest time for the park is from June through August. If you prefer to avoid the crowded tourist season, September through November and May are the best times to visit. Keep in mind the North Rim closest at the first snowfall, which could be as early as November.
For added convenience you will find many tour options that start in Las Vegas and travel to the Grand Canyon, either by bus or helicopter. This avoids the need to rent a car and pay parking fees. Best of all, these tours offer you an expert tour guide so you don't miss anything.