Everybody needs to see the Grand Canyon, but you don't need to see everybody. That's why I avoided the South Rim, and I should have done the same with the North Rim Visitor Center. The views were superior and less crowded at Point Imperial, Angel's Window, and Cape Royal, and I could have saved my energy for a longer descent down the legendary Kaibab Trail. I still don't feel like I have a real feel for the sheer depth of the Canyon, which a future descent (and arduous ascent) or raft ride should remedy. Five hours was enough to feel satisfied that I had "been to" the Grand Canyon, but a multi-day trek to the canyon floor is likely necessary to feel like you've truly "experienced" it.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2009
Grand Canyon North Rim
Grand Canyon, Arizona