A May 2001 trip
to Urbana by Asia Traveler
Quote: My sister was moving out to California for the summer, so I decided to travel with her and make it into more of a road trip! We covered half of the US in 4 days and still managed to see some sights along the way.
The only difficulty you may run into is getting a reservation! We visited (with a reservation) in late May, and the attendant mentioned that they were already booked for most of the summer. So if you're planning to visit, make sure to book early (by phone or on their website). Reservations are not available from December to March.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 20, 2004
Attraction | "Grand Canyon"
There are all sorts of levels of activities available. There are level walking paths that take you along the rim, more difficult ones that still keep you up top, and then it's possible to hike down into the canyon itself (one of my goals in life).
My sister and I got up early to watch the sun rise - definitely worth it, but make sure to wear warm clothes!! We were there in late May, but until the sun comes up, it's chilly!! The buses start running early enough so that you can catch a ride from the campground to a viewing spot. Afterwards, we hiked along the rim some, back towards the village area, and then stopped for some breakfast at one of the restaurants. It was very nice!!
We visited the south rim of the Grand Canyon for just one night; we got here in late afternoon and then left mid-morning the next day. It was our second visit, so I'd definitely recommend allowing more time for your first visit, but if you don't have more, stop by for the time you have anyway - it's definitely worth it!!
P.S. If you're going to be visiting more than two national parks (as we were), be sure to invest in a national parks’ pass - it's a good investment then!
Grand Canyon South Rim
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Visit http://www.nps.gov/pefo/ to plan your visit.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2004
Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona 86028