Come with with me and explore the Hermit Road and the Desert View Drive at the Grand Canyon!
We wanted to have a full day at the Grand Canyon, so we stayed for 2 nights! We stayed at Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon in Tusayan and highly recommend it. Because it was winter we got a very good deal. It’s also close to the park and the room is very comfortable!
After a good night of sleep we headed to the Grand Canyon (South Rim). We explored both Hermit Road and the Desert View Drive and I’ll show how it was.
We began our day going to the Hermit Road. This scenic route goes along the west end of Grand Canyon Village and it’s a 7 mile (11 km) drive until you reach Hermits Rest. This road is only accessible for private vehicles from November to March. From April to October you have to take the park shuttle bus that stops in every viewpoint.
We stopped at almost all viewpoints (there are 9) because even though they are close to each other, you always get a different view.
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At the end you arrive at Hermit’s Rest. It was built in 1914 to look like an old miner’s cabin, complete with a giant fireplace and front porch. Today it has a gift shop and small snack bar.
For more information about the Hermit Road click here.
It was then time to go to the Desert View Drive! This scenic route goes to the east of Grand Canyon Village and it’s a 25 mile (40 km) drive until you reach the Desert View Watchtower.
We stopped on every single viewpoint (there are 6) and it was worth it! Our favorite viewpoint was Lipan Point. So if you have to choose only one stop, that’s where you should go! That’s where we had lunch, inside our car, and with the most amazing view!
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The last stop is the Desert View Watchtower!
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The viewing area from the fourth floor is protected by glass so we liked better the outdoor views from the second floor.
For more information about the Desert View Drive click here.
We then went back to the Grand Canyon Village, passed by the Visitor’s Center and watched a very intersting video about the Grand Canyon. It was time to go back to our hotel and pack our bags! What a great day! Sometimes I remember how breathtaking the views of the Grand Canyon are and all I can think about is how unreal it looks. It’s definitely a nature’s wonder!
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