Posted by: Gideon | March 29, 2011

The Grand Canyon with Kids – The North Rim

Cabins in the woods

The vast majority of visitors to the Grand Canyon go to the South Rim. Easier to reach, far more accommodation – it just makes more sense to most people. But, if you want to escape the crowds and really get a feel for the majesty of the place, consider the North Rim. It’s a longer drive, and accommodation is limited to one lodge in the Park itself but it is quiet, the views are wonderful, you can go hiking and meet nobody else – it’s a completely different experience.

North Rim views - thank goodness for the fence!

Our accommodation was simple – just a small cabin in the woods. We loved exploring the area by foot, and if we had had enough time we would have taken a donkey trek. But the best thing by far was that there were so few other people and we could explore without stepping on anyone elses toes!

What did the kids like best? Smelling the trees! It’s true – the Ponderosa pine, which is found everywhere in the area, smell likes vanilla, or some kind of dessert. What a  great memory of the Grand  Canyon!

PS: For details on how I can plan a great trip for your family, click here.

Trees up close - it's that incredible vanilla smell!

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