I finally made it to one of the world’s oldest and most iconic places, the Grand Canyon. You can imagine I expected a loooooot of this place. As the Grand Canyon is huge (4931 km²) I had to make a choice between the South, North, East and West Rim. I stayed the night in Flagstaff. Therefore visiting the South Rim was the most logical choice.
Visit from Flagstaff
Flagstaff is one of the closest cities to the Grand Canyon. After 1,5 hours I reached the park where I entered with my Annual Park Pass. It was pretty easy to find a parking spot near the visitor’s center. At the visitor’s center you find a big sign that shows you all the hikes from easy to very difficult. Right there, at that moment I already regretted not spending more time in the park. The greatest hikes take you the whole day or two days. I didn’t have time for that because I still had to drive to Kingman, which is a 3-hour drive.
There’s a free shuttle bus in the park that takes you to the beginning point of the different trails. I decided to walk down the Rim Trail and get lost for a while. And I surely did get lost in the wonderful and stunning views. Once in a while I took a seat somewhere and just enjoyed the view and realized what a happy person I was to be there in real life, at a bucket list destination of thousands of people. After a short walk down the Rim Trail I could see the Colorado River carving through the depths. For a moment I hated myself for not being able to go down because the lack of time.
My tips when visiting the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon is beautiful and of course, everybody likes nice pictures of themselves with the most famous Canyon in the background. But it terrified me how people risk their lives for a picture. I’m not prepared to die for a picture but it seems that a lot of people are. After my visit I realized I only took few pictures but I know why, because I hate how people visit places only to take pictures. They forget to enjoy the moment. Visiting the Grand Canyon is a once in a lifetime so take your time to enjoy the view and live in the moment. As I mentioned before I wish I spent more time in the park. I recommend staying there two days.
Hackberry General Store
My next hotel was located in Kingman. I drove to Kingman via the famous Route 66. Somewhere on the way you bump into the Hackberry General Store, a museum of old Route 66. Though no gas is sold, vintage pumps punctuate the storefront. Visitors can try on Route 66 clothing, pick up Route 66 trinkets, walk through a vintage diner, and even have a bottle of Route 66 Beer. Basically every trinket bearing the Route 66 theme, from neon to key chains, can be found in the store. I bought original number plates from different states in the shop, something I was already looking for for a loooooong time. Afterwards I went for dinner at Mr. D’z, a typical American dinner.
My next stop? Palm Springs!