National Parks

Our First Visit to Grand Canyon National Park

This summer, Jason and I did almost an exact repeat of last summer’s vacation:

Vegas → Yosemite → Vegas

Last summer, we took a detour through Death Valley National Park en route to Yosemite. This year, we day tripped to Grand Canyon National Park instead of spending a whole second day in 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.

Grand Canyon National Park Mather Point

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).

Views from Grand Canyon Village in Grand Canyon National Park

Jason and Laura in Grand Canyon National Park

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.

National park stuffed animal collection

He’s now a member of our park animal collection. I love them and the memories they hold.

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  • Reply trekkingkate August 26, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I am totally a fan of spontaneous day trips to national parks! A few weeks ago I spent about 4 hours in Zion on my way home from Cedar Breaks! Hope you enjoyed both Grand Canyon and Yosmite!!

    • Reply Laura August 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      We definitely enjoyed our visit to both parks. We still need to make it to Zion one of these years. I’ve heard it’s beautiful.

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