The Grand Canyon is, without a doubt, one of the best family vacation destinations not only in North America but in the world. This is because aside from offering tons of activities for families, it is also has plenty of beautiful attractions that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. If you are planning to have your next family vacation at the Grand Canyon and are in the process of deciding which attractions to visit during your stay, here are some information about the top Grand Canyon tourist attractions that are recommended for families.
- Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon Village is, by far, one of the most popular attractions and entry points going into the park; and this is primarily because it is where some of the best lookout points can be found. One particular lookout point that you should go to in Grand Canyon Village would be Yavapai Point. From here, you should be able to get a spectacular view of Phantom Ranch, the Colorado River, and the North Kaibab and the Bright Angel Trails. Aside from Yavapai Point, some of the other attractions that you and your family should consider visiting in Grand Canyon Village include the historic Grand Canyon Railway Depot and the Hopi House, which is an adobe-style building which offers a magnificent representation of a conventional Hopi crafts studio.
- Havasu Falls
Located in the Havasupai Indian Reservation, Havasu Falls is lauded as one of the most beautiful attractions in the Grand Canyon. It is actually a desert oasis with sparkling blue waterways and roaring falls, and is definitely one of the sights that you and your family should see and experience together during your Grand Canyon vacation. In addition to taking in the natural beauty of the falls, some of the other things that you can do here include hiking and swimming.
- Desert View Watchtower
A visit to the Grand Canyon would also not be complete without going to the Desert View Watchtower, a four-storey stone building which is located just inside the east entrance of the park. Built in 1932, the tower was designed by Mary Colter, an American architect who designed several other buildings in the Grand Canyon including the Lookout Studio and Hermit’s Rest. Aside from having an observation deck that features magnificent views of the eastern part of the canyon and the surrounding areas, the Desert View Watchtower also houses murals, demonstrations of Hopi weaving, and recreations of Native American petroglyphs. It also serves as a rest stop for visitors, offering several traveler conveniences including a restaurant, a gift shop, and a service station.
These are just some of the attractions that you and your family should see during your visit to the Grand Canyon. Aside from them, some of the other family-friendly Grand Canyon attractions which you might want to consider visiting include: Hermit’s Rest, the Tusayan Museum, Phantom Ranch, and the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Outside the park, there are also plenty of attractions that you can visit with your family, especially if you have young children; and they include the Bearizona Wildlife Park and the Grand Canyon Deer Farm.
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