|You'll spend a lot of time looking down but that's not all there is to do at the Grand Canyon.|
Here's my guide. First where to stay.
You don't really need a car; shuttle buses circle the main points and tour buses take you to otherwise off-limits spots.
|Handicap van service|
Where to stay
South Rim Village
This is the cluster of buildings most visitors see and are convenient to shopping in the excellent Hopi House and historic Vercamps, Lookout and Kolb Studios. The mule barn and corral for rides into the canyon are here as is the Santa Fe Railroad Depot for the Grand Canyon Railway.
|Bright Angel Lodge|
Tip: Try to get one of the refurbished, historic cabins at the canyon rim for less walking and fewer stairs.
El Tovar is the most iconic, its food service is the best as are the views from its canyon-side porch. It's also the first to book up, 10-13 months in advance. However, you don't have to be a guest to dine there or enjoy a beverage or a rocking chair on its porches).
|Anyone can snag a rocker on one of the porches.|
Rooms are reasonable for their value and it probably is the only place where Sir Paul McCartney was told to stop playing the piano and making such a racket!
|El Tovar lobby|
Tip: Trying to reserve rooms ahead of your visit can be frustrating but if you're willing to take a chance, go to the desk as soon as you arrive at the canyon. You might luck into a no-show's room and insiders tell us the odds are better than you think.
|I stayed here at Maswik Lodge, as close to the rim as you could get but also farthest away from the Lodge.|
Market Plaza Area
The Plaza, a mostly flat area, has all the comforts of suburbia - a post office, general store, lots of parking.
Yavapi Lodge is adjacent to the Plaza so if you are traveling with kids, this is your best bet. You can park next to your room - they're basic but run only about $112 - and you are away from the rim so there's no worry about a youngster falling into the canyon. There's also a cafeteria, gift shop, deli and pizza place.
Note: Next post, what to do.