Grand Canyon Attractions
There are several ways in which to enjoy the Grand Canyon as well as all the magnificent attractions it offers. The Grand Canyon is not just about the heart stopping views, but it’s also about interesting historical icons, great museums and galleries, renowned restaurants and fabulous shopping.
On the South Rim
Among the Grand Canyon attractions there are several historical buildings located along the South Rim. One of them is the Bucky O’Neill cabin, built in the 1890s by William Owen O’Neill, a miner, politician and Judge; he built the cabin for the location’s proximity to a copper deposit. Today, the cabin is a guest house.
The Kob Studio, built in 1904, is another place to visit; once a photographic studio, it’s currently a very interesting art gallery, worth the visit.
Most visitors enjoy the Hopi House, built by Mary Jane Colter in 1905. It was once the home to the Hopi Indians who sold arts and crafts. Today, keeping in the same tradition, it is also a great place for purchasing unique crafts. It’s another important icon among Grand Canyon attractions.
Mary Jane Colter was also responsible for the construction of the Lookout Studio back in 1914, a fabulous place to get the best views of Bright Angel Trail. Once you visit this place, you’ll agree she had an eye for great architecture and location.
Yet another of Mary Jane Colter’s best known works is the Desert View Watchtower, which offers vistas of the bottom of the Canyon and the Colorado River. It’s one of the top Grand Canyon attractions.
A recent addition to the area is the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk, built by the Hualapai Tribe, on Hualapai property, just west of the Canyon. It’s somewhat expensive but a great addition and a fantastic place from where to see the best the Canyon has to offer.
Of the several ways to enjoy your vacation, a leisurely tour on board the Coconino Canyon Train is one of the best. The train takes you on a 90-minute ride starting at Grand Canyon West Park at the Depot, running on tracks built in the 1800s. It’s truly a delight.
Thrill seekers looking for dramatic views should head out to Toroweap Overlook, 3,000 vertical feet above the Colorado River. A visit to this area will be a challenge to even the most athletic.
The most talked about of Grand Canyon attractions is the famous mule rides. Visitors enjoy taking the journey departing from the Stone Corral at Bright Angel Trail. The descent goes all the way to Plateau Point, giving riders awesome views of the Canyon and the Colorado River, 1,300 feet below. A lunch box is included in the price which by the way is quite reasonable.
Colorado River tours, as well as whitewater trips are also a rave among visitors, and a must for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
The Grand Canyon attractions will stay in your memory as one of the best trips for years to come.