Grand Canyon National Park: Getting the Most from a Short Trip

(Last Updated On: February 7, 2018)

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Being a backpacker has its pros and its cons. I know from experience that one of the cons that I have to deal with most of the time is always looking for a cheaper way to get somewhere. There were times when I was missing the most from a place just because a trip takes longer or I have found the cheapest bus ticket and then I had at least 3 transfers.

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Visiting the Grand Canyon National Park is once in a lifetime experience. I do not know whether I will have another chance to visit the place or not, so I did not want to make the same mistake again. There are so many places in the world, and even if you find a place that will take your breath away, there is a small chance that you will go there again. The world is so big and sometimes it is difficult to go back again to places that are especially so far away from your home.

 My friend and I booked a tour from Las Vegas to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Again this was cheaper. But I paid the price; I did not see the Sky Walk which is on the West Rim. If you want to plan your trip better than me then you should check these tours that TripAdvisor offers and really get the most of your trip.

On our way we visited the Hoover Dam, but we had a really short break here only to take some pictures.

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Once I arrived to the Grand Canyon National Park I was speechless. The view was spectacular and I found myself at one point standing there and not taking any photos.

If you are worried about Grand Canyon weather, do not be. You should be more worried about the crowds. We went there in October and I believe this is the perfect time to do so. It is not very hot and there are not many tourists since it is not the season. It is very difficult to take pictures while many people are trying to do the same. I do not have anything against that since we are in the same trouble, but when I take a picture of a place I really want no one in it. No photo bombs, just me and the beautiful background.

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I also wanted to hike, but it is impossible without a guide. It is too dangerous to go down the rim, especially if you do not know any one there and cannot call for help.


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We only had couple of hours walk, and as far as I remember we had to go back to Las Vegas around 5 pm. I really wished we could stay longer to see the sunset, to see the setting sunbeams hit the crevice walls and how they enhance the beautiful colours.  That would have made the trip perfect. But even without that I still have the feeling of peacefulness in me even of thinking of my trip to the Grand Canyon National Park.

Note: Click on this image if you want to take a helicopter to visit the Grand Canyon, we did and it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Helicopter Tours - Las Vegas & Grand Canyon

If you have the chance then you should definitely stay longer. You can find the best deals on Booking. Check if your dates are available here:

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Author: Elena

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  1. Emma Shearer

    May 7, 2017 at 1:06 am

    I’ve had quite a few friends who have visited the grand canyon and its meant to be great – it certainly looks it from these pictures. I just wish I had the money to travel!! I will someday.

  2. Marlene

    May 7, 2017 at 4:12 am

    I have never been anywhere other than my home state Washington, Oregon, California and just recently Nevada (but we spent 30 hours in Vegas, no Grand Canyon). The Grand Canyon is in my top 10 to make it to!

  3. Christine | The Travelling Pinoys

    May 7, 2017 at 5:45 am

    I love Grand Canyon! I originally didn’t want to go because I was thinking it might be very touristy. It was touristy but the place is massive you can still find a quiet area.

  4. Mal @

    May 7, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Grand Canyon is magnificent! I don’t usually got for landscapes as I’m more of a city person, but this place is simply breathtaking.

  5. Celeste Haar

    May 7, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    On our next trip to vegas this is going to be a MUST!

  6. Natasha | Meldrums On The Move

    May 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    This is a great guide! We will keep this bookmarked for when we come to the USA

  7. Leila

    May 8, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Is it sad to say that I have lived in Arizona for 14 years and have only been to the Grand Canyon once and it was well before I ever lived here!? Hubby has never been and he’s lived here longer than me! And a few years ago was my first visit to Hoover Dam! Such pretty places! I need to go more!

  8. Jasmine

    May 8, 2017 at 2:05 am

    I don’t know how you could do it but you are extremely brace! I am absolutely terrified of heights especially that kind of height. I wouldn’t mind visiting but I’m being far away from that cliff as possible lol. But the picture and background is absolutely beautiful!

  9. Victoria

    May 8, 2017 at 10:02 am

    My friends & I took the tiniest plane there – the turbulance was awful BUT worth it, the Canyon was incredible.

  10. Liz

    May 8, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful pictures! I would love to visit one day.

  11. Noblandmakeup

    May 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    The grand canyon is so beautiful! I want to visit some day. I’m glad you guys got to experience it, even if it was for a little bit!

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