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I always imagined that my first trip to the Grand Canyon would be my only trip there. Of course, I had assumed this trip would take advantage of the Grand Canyon to the fullest, exploring the North Rim, South Rim, inner canyon (via a rim-to-rim hike), and Havasu Falls over the course of more than a week in the area.
In retrospect, I am ecstatic that I couldn’t do it the way I originally planned because I think that spending less time at the canyon helped me appreciate it more.
The Grand Canyon is a mind-blowingly spectacular natural wonder. It’s gorgeous. It’s huge. It’s truly one of a kind. That being said…I think it would be really easy to spend too much time (or too little!) there. Twenty-four hours, though, seemed to be just about perfect.
It Takes Time to Appreciate Just How “Grand” the Grand Canyon Is
Too Much Time Can Lead to “Been There, Done That” Syndrome
Have you ever gone to so many churches in Europe that they start to lose their wonder? The Grand Canyon can, unfortunately, fit into that same frame of mind. After awhile, you’ll have seen so many viewpoints that you may wonder why you’ve even bothered to get off the bus. Starting to ignore the nuances could completely ruin an otherwise spectacular experience, and spending too much time could mean you actually begin to tire of a natural wonder. Yes, the Grand Canyon is awesome, but you want to leave the park still feeling like there’s more to see.
24-48 Hours = The Sweet Spot
Making the Most of Your Visit
Heading There on Miles & Points
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