There’s truly no other place like the Grand Canyon. In this article, I’ll list the best things to see and do at the Grand Canyon for all types of travelers.
I was lucky enough to live at the Grand Canyon for four months and had the chance to explore so much of its beauty. Even now, as I live just a few hours away from it, I never run out of things to do in the Grand Canyon whenever I’m able to return. This is one of my favorite destinations in the USA.
Whether it’s hiking the rugged red dirt trails, catching the purple and pink sunsets, riding a mule, or learning about the history of the canyon at a museum, the options of things to do and places to visit in the Grand Canyon are endless. Even better, there are activities for families, couples, or outdoor enthusiasts. There’s something for every kind of visitor.
There are four different areas you can visit; the North, South, East, and West Rims. The South Rim is the most popular area to visit as it offers the most in terms of things to do, but you can’t go wrong with any area you choose to spend time in.
Best Things To Do in the Grand Canyon
If you’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, you might be overwhelmed by the number of things to do and the various places in which the activities are located. No trip to the USA is complete without a visit to this natural beauty. Here is a list of the 15 best things to do in the Grand Canyon to help you plan your trip:
1. Helicopter Tour
Book this helicopter tour and soar above the Grand Canyon, getting views that most people will never have the chance to see. The tour covers a lot of ground during the 45 minutes in the air. You take off from the South Rim, fly above the Kaibab National Forest, climb towards the North Rim, and follow the Little Colorado River back to your starting point.
This tour is great for anyone who wants to experience the Grand Canyon from all views and angles. Come prepared with comfortable clothes and your camera. I’ve heard people say nothing but positive things about the experience, and I can’t wait to book this tour for myself. Click here for directions to the tour, and learn more about the tour here.
2. Ride The Grand Canyon Railway
Riding the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, Arizona, to the South Rim is one of the most unique things to do in the Grand Canyon. This nine-hour tour begins in Williams with a classic Western shoot-out scene. After the entertainment, you’ll board the train for the 64-mile ride to the Grand Canyon. Along the way, actors and musicians bring Western ways to life.
Once you arrive at the Grand Canyon, you’ll have three hours to explore and sightsee before making the journey back to Williams. Riding the Grand Canyon Railway is the best thing to do in Grand Canyon for families.
One of my favorite memories from living at the Grand Canyon was hearing the train whistle every afternoon as it entered the station. Click here for directions to the railway, and learn more about the tour here.
3. Take a Mule Ride
The most famous residents of the Grand Canyon might have to be the mules – they’re a vital aspect of the Canyon. Not only do they pack supplies in and out of the Canyon daily, but they also provide a way for visitors to experience the bottom of the Grand Canyon without hiking in and out.
Taking a mule ride, either on the North or South Rim, might just be the top thing to do in the Grand Canyon.
If you’re keen to book this experience, be sure to plan early as they often sell out quickly. From the South Rim, you can ride along for a few hours or take a 2-day trip to the bottom of the Canyon via mule. Click here to book South Rim rides.
I love seeing the mules heading up and down the trail every time I hike the Grand Canyon. It’s a truly unique experience along the canyons’ rims that you’re sure to remember forever.
4. Watch the Sunset at Point Imperial
Point Imperial is located on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and is one of the most beautiful places to watch the sunset from. Because it’s the highest point on the North Rim, (sitting at 8,800 feet), visitors are treated to majestic views of the Canyon as the fading light changes the appearance and colors of the surrounding area with each passing moment.
Pack a blanket, your camera, and a few snacks and drinks to enjoy a peaceful evening on the canyons’ rim. This is without a doubt one of the best things to do in the Grand Canyon for couples. I’ll never forget the evenings I spent taking in the beauty at sunset; being blown away by the pink and purple colors that covered the canyon. Click here for directions to Sunset Point.
Address: North Rim, AZ 86052
5. Take a Guided Hike on the South Kaibab Trail
If you want to experience the most beautiful hiking trail in the Grand Canyon, book this tour for a half-day guided hike along the stunning South Kaibab Trail. The tour is customized for your group size, age, and ability. Even better, the tour provides an expert guide, backpacks, hiking poles, water, and lunch.
Come prepared with lightweight clothing that offers protection from the sun, and hiking shoes with good traction. Remember to bring your camera as you’ll be stopping often to capture the beauty of the South Kaibab Trail along the way. Hiking this trail is my favorite thing to do at the Grand Canyon as it offers the most wide-open views of the Canyon from all directions.
Whether traveling alone or with family, this is one of your best options as far as Grand Canyon South Rim activities go. Find out more here.
Address: Pick up location is decided upon booking the tour. View the South Kaibab Trail on AllTrails here.
6. Bike up Hermit Road
If you’re visiting the South Rim and want to escape the busyness and crowds, I suggest you rent some bikes and ride up Hermit Road. The route follows the rim of the Canyon and is home to many pull-outs with beautiful overlooks. As you get further and further up the road, you can even see the roaring Colorado River from the rim.
Hermit Road is closed to vehicles for most of the year, so you’re only likely to share the road with shuttle buses and other bikers. You can rent bikes from Bike Grand Canyon or Bright Angel Bicycles and Cafe.
Renting bikes and exploring Hermit Road makes for a great half-day activity and offers some of the best sightseeing in the Grand Canyon. Come equipped with water, snacks, and a camera to capture the beauty along the way. Click here for directions to Hermit Road, and look for bike rentals here.
Address: Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
7. Enjoy a Sunset Hummer Tour
Book this Hummer sunset tour to marvel at the beauty from the best lookout points and listen to a professional guide tell you stories, facts, and history about the Grand Canyon.
During the two-hour tour, you’ll ride in an open-air Hummer and stop to take stunning photos as the sun sets during golden hour. This is one of the best things to do in the Grand Canyon at night.
As well as seeing the sun going down, you might even spot some wildlife such as elk or deer. You don’t have to bring much along on this tour other than your camera and layers to put on as the temperature drops. Pick-up from your lodging is available in Tusayan and the Grand Canyon Village.
8. Visit the Yavapai Geology Museum
The Yavapai Geology Museum sits right at the end of the South Rim and is home to a massive picture window, educational displays, history on the carving of the Grand Canyon, and a bookstore and visitor museum shop.
The Grand Canyon is impressive to look at alone, but learning more about the various rock layers and geologic history will only increase your appreciation for the canyon. The museum is open 8 am-7 pm daily and is free to enter. Plan to spend an hour reading the various displays and taking in the view from the large windows.
When I lived at the Grand Canyon and had an evening free from work, I always loved walking the Rim Trail to the museum and relaxing inside. Click here for directions to the Yavapai Museum and find up-to-date information here.
Address: Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
9. Go On a River Rafting Trip
You can explore the Grand Canyon in so many ways; by helicopter, mule, bike, foot, or by raft on this guided full-day river rafting tour. If you’re looking for things to do near the Grand Canyon, this float down the Colorado River is a perfect option.
Starting at the Glen Canyon dam and finishing at Lee’s Ferry, this rafting tour gives you a chance to see the East Rim of the Grand Canyon and the notorious Horseshoe Bend.
One unique feature of this guided trip is that during the 15.5-mile float, you’ll stop and hike to some ancient petroglyphs. Come prepared for this tour with water, closed-toe shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and your camera. A boxed lunch is provided during the tour. Click here for directions to the rafting tour, and learn more about it here.
Address: The tour will leave from Maswik Lodge. 202 Village Loop Drive, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
10. Climb Up the Desert View Watchtower
Desert View Watchtower is located on the far eastern side of the South Rim of the Canyon. The watchtower was built in 1932, and its architecture is influenced by the Ancestral Puebloan people of the Colorado Plateau. Visiting the watchtower is a fun, free thing to do during your visit to the Grand Canyon.
As you enter the view room of the watchtower, you’re met with some amazing views of the Grand Canyon – including views of the Colorado River as it leaves the narrow Marble Canyon and becomes wider. If you visit on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, you can also observe cultural handicraft demonstrations.
It’s rare to get a view of the Colorado River without hiking to the bottom of the Canyon, so don’t pass up this unique viewing stop, as it is one of the best attractions in the Grand Canyon. Click here for directions to the watchtower and learn about it here.
11. Tour the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend
If you happen to be staying in Las Vegas and want to take a day trip to see the Grand Canyon, consider booking this tour that not only takes you to the Canyon but also to other notable landmarks in the area.
A full day’s trip will get you to a few of the most memorable places near the Grand Canyon, such as Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend near Page, AZ. The day will conclude with sightseeing at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Along the way, your guides will stop and take two short hikes and you’ll be provided with lunch. This tour is the perfect way to see some of the most beautiful destinations in Arizona all in one day.
Some of my best memories from living at the Grand Canyon were not only exploring the Canyon itself but also being within driving distance of so many stunning areas like these in the Southwest. The impressions Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon left on me will last a lifetime. Look for more information here.
Address: Pick up location from the hotel in Las Vegas will be confirmed after the tour is booked.
12. Hike to Ribbon Falls-North Rim
From the top, the Grand Canyon may appear to be just a big dry hole in the ground without much life. However, as you step into the Canyon, your mind is sure to be blown, as you realize how much rich plant life and water are truly present. One of the most beautiful things to see in the Grand Canyon is Ribbon Falls.
This waterfall oasis is located 8.5 miles into the Canyon from the North Kaibab Trail (leaving from the North Rim) and 5.2 miles from Phantom Ranch. I will never forget the first time I saw Ribbon Falls – it’s quite breathtaking.
At first, I could just hear the waterfall rushing down the rocks, and then I saw the large mossy rock with the waterfall rippling down the edges. Stopping at the falls was the perfect way to cool off and reinvigorate in the middle of a massive hike.
It’s possible to hike to Ribbon Falls from the North Rim in one day (17 miles, 4,800 ft. of elevation gain), but it’s most recommended to combine it with camping in the Canyon. The closest campgrounds/lodging are Cottonwood Campground, Phantom Ranch, and Bright Angel Campground (all requiring reservations and permits).
Address: North Rim, AZ 86052
13. Book a Professional Photoshoot
When you visit the Grand Canyon, your camera will most likely be out the entire time, trying to capture all the beauty in one frame. Booking this photo shoot will ensure you get the perfect photos of yourself and your loved ones, as well as the spectacular scenery. This tour allows you to choose your shoot time, length, and multiple locations along the South Rim.
Whether you want a timeless family photo, fun photos with your friends, or new photos of you and your significant other, this tour will capture exactly what you want and provide you with pictures to cherish forever.
Address: Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
14. Visit Phantom Ranch
Phantom Ranch is home to some of the most unique cabins in the entire United States. Not only is it a lush oasis tucked into the bottom of the canyon right beside Bright Angel Creek, but it can only be accessed by hike or mule ride.
If you get the chance to stay in one of their cabins and eat one of their steak dinners, you can count yourself very lucky. Phantom Ranch is 7.5 miles from the South Kaibab trailhead, 10 miles from the Bright Angel trailhead, and 14 miles from the North Kaibab trailhead.
Staying at Phantom Ranch is possible by entering the lottery system months in advance and waiting to see if your preferred dates are available. You can stay in a 4-person cabin or a dormitory-style building. All lodging is heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer. They are also equipped with bathrooms.
It’s a bold statement, but Phantom Ranch might be my favorite place in the entire world. There’s nothing more rewarding than sipping on a cold lemonade from the canteen while dipping your feet into the cold Bright Angel Creek after a long hike.
Address: N Kaibab Trail, North Rim, AZ 86052
15. Go to a Grand Canyon IMAX movie
If you’re looking for things to do around the Grand Canyon, catching the Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time movie at the IMAX theatre in Tusayan could be a great activity to add to your list. This particular movie explores the history, science, and beauty of the epic geological wonder.
During the movie, you’ll learn about the earliest people who inhabited the area and the first crew who rafted down the Colorado River through the Canyon.
I’ll never forget the first time I watched this movie in the IMAX theater. The images and vision displayed on the giant screen took my breath away. Plus, it was a great thing to do on a hot summer’s day to get out of the heat.
The movie is played daily and hourly each half-hour (9:30, 10:30, 11:30, etc.). Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online or at the ticket booth. Click here for directions to the theater, and learn about the theatre here.
Quick Travel Itineraries For the Grand Canyon
There are many different ways to visit the Grand Canyon. You can visit for an entire week to soak in all the activities, or you can visit in one day and still get a full experience. Here are a few suggested itineraries for your next trip:
1 Day in the Grand Canyon Itinerary
You might be surprised by how many things you can do in one day at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. To start your day, take a guided hike down the South Kaibab Trail. This is one of the best ways to take in much of the Canyons’ beauty and experience the magic of it.
After your morning hike, continue the physical activity by renting bikes and taking on Hermit Road. Along the way, stop at the various viewpoints to rest and take pictures.
For dinner, head to El Tovar to refuel after your adventurous day outdoors. To cap off your full day visiting the Grand Canyon, book this guided sunset tour. This relaxing yet informational tour will is the perfect way to close out your day – especially as you’ll get to see the Canyon at its most beautiful hour.
2-3 Days in the Grand Canyon Itinerary
Most people choose to spend 2-3 days exploring the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, so here are a few suggestions on how to fill your time:
On day one, book a morning helicopter tour and soar above the Canyon, taking in the unique perspective. In the afternoon, walk the rim trail to the Yavapai Geology Museum and learn about the complex layers of rocks that make up the Canyon and are full of history.
To conclude the day, rent bikes and head up Hermit Road. If you time it right, you can ride the bikes during sunset and watch the Canyon change colors from one of the many pull-outs along the route.
Day two is another adventure, starting with a mule ride along the Canyons’ rim. This activity is great because not many people get to say they’ve ridden a mule – plus it’s one of the most fun things to do in the Grand Canyon. After your mule ride, drive to the eastern part of the South Rim and explore Desert View Watchtower.
On day three of your trip, you’ll exchange the mule for a river raft. Head out on this full-day guided raft tour from Glen Canyon to Lee’s Ferry. After a few busy days and a full day on the water, finish your trip with dinner at the Arizona Steakhouse.
1 Week in the Grand Canyon Itinerary
Here are some of the best things to do in the Grand Canyon during your week-long trip:
On day one, start with the helicopter tour that provides you with a birds-eye view of the Canyon from the South all the way to the North Rim.
In the afternoon, pack a picnic lunch and spend a few hours at Desert View Watchtower gazing through their viewing window and admiring the Colorado River.
Day two is your chance to get on the South Kaibab trail during this guided hiking tour. Spend the morning hiking and the afternoon relaxing at the Grand Canyon IMAX movie theater.
This relaxation will be necessary because, on day three, you’ll be hiking all the way to the bottom of the Canyon to (hopefully) stay at Phantom Ranch – one of the most popular Grand Canyon attractions. Day four will be spent hiking out of the Canyon, and once you’ve freshened up, enjoy digging into a big dinner at the Yavapai Tavern. Spend the evening on this sunset tour.
Now that you’ve explored much of the South Rim, it’s time to make the 4-hour drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. On your first evening here, head to Imperial Point to catch the sunset.
On day six, take a three-hour mule ride down the Canyon and follow up with a delicious dinner at the Grand Canyon Lodge dining room. Day seven will be spent making the four-hour drive back to the South Rim but don’t forget to stop at Jacob’s Lake Inn for some fresh cookies.
Where to Stay in the Grand Canyon
These are a few of the best places to stay in the Grand Canyon for tourists:
Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon – Best for First-Time Visitors
Located in Tusayan, Arizona, this hotel is only 15 minutes from the entrance to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Included with your stay at the Holiday Inn Express is an indoor pool, complimentary breakfast, and WiFi.
Even better, there’s a shuttle that runs from Tusayan into the Grand Canyon daily from May to September. This is a great place for first-time visitors to stay as it’s in a convenient location and has many restaurants and activities close by. Find it here on Booking.com
Inn History Grand Canyon Themed Cabin – Best for Families
This Grand Canyon-themed cabin is located in Williams, AZ, which puts you just an hour south of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Staying here gives you the true Grand Canyon experience along with all the amenities you could ever need – a kitchenette, bathroom, WiFi, and privacy.
Choose to stay here if you’re looking for a quiet and beautiful place that’s also located close to plenty of things to do. Williams is home to many restaurants, the historic Grand Canyon Railway, lakes, and hiking trails. Find it here on Booking.com
Grand Canyon Western Ranch – Best for Outdoor Enthusiasts
If you’re choosing to visit the West Rim and the Grand Canyon Skywalk, this would be such a fun place to stay. The Grand Canyon Western Ranch is home to authentic old western-style cottages that include heat and air conditioning, a work desk, a fireplace, and an en suite bathroom.
Also on the property are horseback riding, wagon rides, and home-style cooking. Stay here if you’re looking for an authentic and rustic outdoor adventure that puts you only 25 minutes away from the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Find it here on Booking.com
Best Restaurants in the Grand Canyon
Here are a few of the best restaurants in and around the Grand Canyon:
El Tovar – South Rim
The El Tovar Dining Room is both historic and elegant. The architecture, large murals, and huge windows that allow spectacular views of the Grand Canyon make for an unforgettable dining experience. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus comprise delicious dishes with a Southwest influence.
Try the El Tovar Pancake Trio with Prickly Pear syrup for breakfast, the Traditional Navajo Tacos for lunch, and the Southwestern-Rubbed Ribeye for dinner. Directions to the restaurant can be found here.
Arizona Steakhouse – South Rim
Like El Tovar, the Arizona Steakhouse is located right on the rim of the Grand Canyon. This restaurant prides itself on sourcing its ingredients from local farmers to craft a menu that tells a story of Arizona. Some of those native ingredients are green chili and tepary beans.
You can’t go wrong in ordering their bison rib eye steak or the green chili corn tamales. Enjoy a delicious dinner with a stunning view in this open and spacious restaurant. Directions to the restaurant can be found here.
Yavapai Tavern – South Rim
If I could pick the best place to eat after a big hike in the Grand Canyon, I would choose the Yavapai Tavern. Their menu features classic items such as burgers, street tacos, pizza, and craft beer.
Choose to sit inside near a TV or take your food and drink outside to their patio with a fire pit and live music. This is a great place to hang out and eat after a long day of outdoor exploration. You can find directions here.
Jacob Lake Inn – North Rim
If you’re staying on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, I highly suggest you check out the Jacob Lake Inn Dining Room and Cafe. It’s a 45-minute drive from the North Rim, but I promise it’s worth it for the famous fresh-baked cookies and rich milkshakes.
For lunch or dinner, enjoy some classic homemade dishes in their cozy dining room. The pulled pork sandwich and great bull sandwich are highlights on their menu. Find the directions to the restaurant here.
Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room – North Rim
Another great restaurant option for those visiting and staying on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is the Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room. The Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, (reservations are needed for dinner).
Sit down and enjoy an expansive view of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and tuck into some American comfort food, southwest dishes, or healthy options. After a long day of hiking, order their signature dish – the Ponderosa Smoked Brisket Platter. Find directions to the restaurant here.
Getting to the Grand Canyon
There are many different ways to get to the Grand Canyon. If you plan to visit the South Rim, the best way to get there is by flying into the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, renting a car, and making the 230-mile drive north. Click here for the best rates on rental cars from Phoenix Airport.
Another option for getting to the South Rim is by flying into the Flagstaff airport and either renting a car or taking a shuttle bus to the Grand Canyon. Search for the best price on rental cars from the Flagstaff airport here.
If you’re planning to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, I would suggest flying into the Las Vegas airport, renting a car, and making the 275-mile drive west. Click here for the best rates on rental cars in Las Vegas.
Alternatively, you could fly into the St. George, UT airport and drive 150 miles to the North Rim. Finally, if you want to visit the West Rim and the famous Skywalk, it’s best to drive there from Las Vegas, as it is only a 2-hour journey.
Once you’re at the Grand Canyon, most things are either within walking distance from each other or there are free shuttles that transport people around the park. For example, once you arrive at the South Rim, you could park your car and get around by foot or shuttle for the rest of the day.
Things To Do in the Grand Canyon: FAQs
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about visiting the Grand Canyon:
The Grand Canyon is known for being one of the most beautiful geological masterpieces in the world. The Canyon is home to majestic sunsets, epic hiking trails, and the roaring Colorado River.
The best time to visit the Grand Canyon is September-November and March-May because the summer months are hot, and the winter often is snowy. The South Rim is open year-round, but the North Rim is a seasonal park meaning it closes for the winter.
The Grand Canyon is considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is totally worth visiting. Everyone should experience the magnitude and beauty at least once in their lifetime.
You should plan to spend at least 3 days at the Grand Canyon. If you plan to visit the South Rim and the North Rim on the same trip, allow yourself 6 days.
The Grand Canyon is safe for all to explore. However, it’s important to stay on designated walkways and keep at least 6 feet between yourself and the rim. There are dangers to the Grand Canyon, like extreme weather -heat in the summer, snow in the winter, and intense hiking conditions. Always come prepared and do your research ahead of time.
The most popular thing to do in the Grand Canyon is hike. You can walk along the Rim Trail or head down into the Canyon on the main corridor trails like Bright Angel Trail or the South Kaibab Trail.
When visiting the Grand Canyon, don’t miss out on the South Kaibab Trail. You can hike just a half mile down into the Canyon and be rewarded with some of the most beautiful views – particularly at sunrise.
You could visit the Grand Canyon in one day or spend up to 3 days exploring.
4 hours is enough to do some things at The Grand Canyon, such as walking the Rim Trail and visiting the gift shops, visitor center, and geology museum. If you want to explore more of the Grand Canyon or do some hiking, I advise you to set aside at least 2 days for your visit.
The best month to visit Grand Canyon National Park is May.
A day trip to the Grand Canyon is definitely worth it. One day at the South Rim is enough time to stop at many different viewpoints along the rim, go on a hike, and enjoy the sunset.
The journey from Las Vegas to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon takes 4 hours and 20 minutes. Las Vegas to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon takes 4 hours and 30 minutes, and Las Vegas to the West Rim and the Grand Canyon Skywalk takes just 2 hours.
A private vehicle is $35, and the pass is valid for 1 to 7 days. Get your pass here.
The major cities close to the Grand Canyon are Phoenix and Las Vegas. However, cities like Flagstaff, Williams, and Tusayan are all within an hour from the South Rim. Jacob Lake is within 30 minutes of the North Rim entrance.
There is a way to get from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon by train, but it involves a 12+ hour travel day with two different bus rides and one train ride.
The first section is a bus ride from Las Vegas to Kingman, AZ. You board the Amtrak Thruway bus in Kingman and head towards Williams, AZ. Once in Williams, you will take the historic Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon.
Once you pay the entrance fee to get into the National Park, you are free to walk around and explore the Grand Canyon.
The two major airports you can fly into are Phoenix Sky Harbor and the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.
All sides of the Grand Canyon are beautiful, but the South Rim has some unique beauty and offers the most expansive view of the Canyon.
You do not need a reservation to visit the Grand Canyon. You will need reservations for lodging at the campgrounds and lodges, however. You’ll also need reservations for the backcountry permits if you plan to hike and camp in the Canyon.
The least touristy part of the Grand Canyon is the North Rim. The North Rim is more rugged, peaceful, and isolated. Visit here for a more relaxed setting with beautiful scenery and hiking.
Yes, you can explore the inside of the Grand Canyon. With each step you take down into the Canyon, there’s more beauty to be discovered. Just remember – going down is optional, but hiking back up is mandatory!
The Grand Canyon is a place of allure and adventure. Whether you want to sit and gaze at its beauty or hike into it to find more, there are many things to do in the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon has left a permanent mark on my life, and I count down the days to every chance I get to go back. Prepare to start planning your next exploration of this majestic place.