The Grand Canyon, 3 Ways
You can never have enough time in the Grand Canyon—after all, it's a billion-plus years in the making. We help you get the most of your stay whether you've got a week, a weekend, or just a few hours.
WHERE TO GO: All-Star Grand Canyon Tours. Guided excursions, from a short, no-sweat option in an SUV to longer backpacking hikes. allstargrandcanyontours.com, adults from $120, kids 4-15 $90, toddlers 3 and under $55.
WHAT TO DO: Grand Canyon Field Institute. Run by a nonprofit partner of the park, the institute offers single- or multiday classes in photography, natural history, archaeology, and more. grandcanyon.org/fieldinstitute, classes from $195.
HOW TO CAMP: Permits can be requested in person or in writing no earlier than four months before a trip. nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm, $10 fee, plus $5 per person per night spent camping below the rim.
DON'T MISS: The most compelling reason for a week in the canyon is to visit both rims. At nearly 9,000 feet, the North Rim sits more than 1,000 feet higher than the South. The extra elevation reverses the familiar perspective and puts you closer to the epic temples and plateaus. Suddenly, amazingly, the Grand Canyon feels new again.