This summer, Jason and I did almost an exact repeat of last summer’s vacation:
Vegas → Yosemite → Vegas
The drive from Vegas to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon was about 4 hours. We know there are quicker ways to get there (i.e. helicopter), but we enjoyed the drive. We wanted to really visit the park, so flying was out of the question.
We got to the park a little before noon. After my mandatory sign picture, we made our way to Mather Point and our first view of the Grand Canyon.
There’s a great transit system that runs along the South Rim. We rode from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Market Plaza for lunch and shopping. Then we rode over to the Grand Canyon Village National Historic Landmark District and took in some more views of the canyon (including a fire).
The weather was absolutely gorgeous! I don’t think we could have asked for better weather.
With a long drive back to Vegas ahead of us, we only spent about 4 hours in the park. But we were both glad we put the Grand Canyon on our itinerary, for however short the visit was.
Learn more about park from the Grand Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon Association websites. You can also learn about the Association’s Adopt-a-Lion Program. I adopted a plush lion to support wildlife research in the park.
He’s now a member of our park animal collection. I love them and the memories they hold.