West Rim or South Rim Grand Canyon – Which is Better to Visit?

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South Rim vs West Rim, Grand Canyon? Visitors often wonder, when approaching the Grand Canyon from the west or south, whether they should head for the West Rim or the South Rim. Here are some details to help you make up your mind:

South Rim

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon has a bit of a reputation – and it is we visitors who give it its sometimes bad name. Busy, crowded and hot, in midsummer especially, the South Rim can be a bit overwhelming and woe betide you if you have not booked everything in advance. But for all the problems inevitably caused by the sheer number of visitors, nothing can diminish the beauty and grandeur of the Grand Canyon, which truly is one of the wonders of the world. Do not be too discouraged by the crowds to visit yourself – after all, there are very good reasons why so many people choose to come to the South Rim. www.travelrows.com

For ease and accessibility, the South Rim cannot be beaten. This is a major hub for activities and tours at the Grand Canyon and has everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. From luxury hotel accommodation, to cabins and rustic camping, the South Rim has all your accommodation needs covered. There is a large visitor centre, and all the facilities you could need for a comfortable stay.

It is at the South Rim that you will see the iconic, famous views and vistas that you have been waiting a lifetime to see. This is the Grand Canyon as most people picture it, though it has to be said that actually seeing the view from one of the South Rim viewpoints for the first time, you will realize that nothing could truly prepare you for the amazing sights before your eyes. Unlike so many other over-hyped locations – the Grand Canyon truly does live up to its astronomic reputation!

West Rim

The Grand Canyon West area lies out with the Grand Canyon National Park and yet offers visitors a different experience of this wonder of the world as guests of the Hualapai Tribe, who own and operate the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation. They offer a range of experiences that allow you to experience the beauty and majesty of the Grand Canyon in a different way.

The most popular attraction here and the main reason to visit Grand Canyon West is the Skywalk, at Eagle Point. This ten foot wide, horseshoe shaped glass walkway extends out for 70ft over the edge of the canyon itself, allowing you to see right down through the glass beneath your feet to the floor of the canyon 4,000ft below! This offers a thrill that exceed those gained from simply standing and viewing the canyon from the rim. Fear not, apparently the glass is strong enough to bear the weight of seventy 747 passenger jets! This novelty as proven a popular attraction since it opened in 2007.

Also at Eagle Point, you can explore an ‘authentic’ Native American village, complete with traditional homes, sweat lodges and other functional, stylish structures that are unique to the local native cultures. The Hualapai Tribe, who own and run this tourist area, do so on the Hualapai Reservation, which was created in 1883 and covers one million acres of the Hualapai ancestral lands, an area once five times the size. The name of the group means ‘People of the Tall Pines’. Fine dining is also available at Eagle Point, with stunning views over the Grand Canyon West and of course you can also find many more informal eating options. The gift shop here includes Native American made jewellery and weavings and you can watch native dancers every day at 1pm and 5pm in the amphitheatre.

So, which is better? Why, it all depends on you, your personal preferences. But why choose? If at all possible – visit both!

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