On the last trip to San Francisco, we picked up a "newby" in Phoenix who hadn't been to National Parks before. She was AMAZED. It is a MUST visit whenever you get west of the Mississippi. Unlike most visitors to the Canyon, we visited both the south and the north rims. Just spectacular. Our Westward Ho 2016 lasted 10 weeks, Most of it traveling to the coast, and then basically coming straight back.
More than 5 million people visit this large attraction every year. According to National Geographic this makes the Grand Canyon the second most visited park after the Great Smoky Mountains.
It's always an adventure traveling with Eileen. Being loaded onto the front of the Ferry, facing open water took some getting used to, but when she opened up the cheese and crackers and libations for the group everyone forgot their anxieties and enjoyed the trip home across the Sound to Bridgeport CT. [scroll down]