Sightsee: Take in the wonder that is Grand Canyon. On the North Rim drive out to Imperial Point, the highest place in Grand Canyon National Park. Drive out to Walhalla Point in the Cape Royal area for views of the Grand and Marble Canyon. Take a short walk to Bright Angel Point for views of the Grand Canyon.
On the South Rim take the West Rim Shuttle Bus to Hermits Rest. Be sure to get off at every stop. Drive out to Desert View on the East Rim Drive to see the Grand Canyon and Marble Canyon. Take a leisurely stroll along the paved Rim Trail from the El Tovar Hotel to Yavapai Point (about 1-1/2 miles one way).
Take A Hike: On the North Rim hike the Transept Trail along the Canyon Rim. From Imperial Point, hike the first two miles of the Ken Patrick Trail. For longer adventures hike the Widforss Trail to the Canyon rim, or hike all ten miles of the Ken Patrick Trail through Ponderosa forest. For a real challenge, hike the North Kaibab Trail to the Colorado River, 6,000 feet below (will take two days).
On the South Rim hike the Rim Trail from the El Tovar Hotel out to Hermits Rest (about 7-1/2 miles one way). You can always catch a shuttle bus at any of the scenic overlooks if you get tired. Hike down the historic Bright Angel Trail to the Colorado River, 5,000 feet below (will take two days).
See A Sunrise or Sunset: On the North Rim drive out to Imperial Point for a sunrise, and take a walk to Bright Angel Point for a sunset. On the South Rim drive out Grandview Point on the East Rim Drive. Be sure to bring a jacket and don't forget your camera!
Attend A Ranger Program: Attend a wide number of available programs on both the North and South Rim. Learn about the geology, ecology, wildlife, history, Native Americans, and the stories about Grand Canyon National Park. Attend a campfire at the Sage Loop Campfire Circle in the Mather Campground.
Visit History: On the North Rim drive out to the Walhalla Overlook and visit the Walhalla ruins, the largest excavated Native American ruin on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
On the South Rim take a walk through the El Tovar Hotel, listed on the National Historic Register. Sit in the lounge and admire the view of the Canyon. Visit Hopi House, next to the El Tovar Hotel and designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter as a re-creation of a Native American pueblo. Go to the Kolb Studio, located at the Bright Angel Trailhead on the South Rim, home of the famous Kolb brothers who went to great lengths, and great personal risk to take some of the first photographs of the Grand Canyon.