Everyone has always told me that I would feel 'humbled' by the Grand Canyon. Did I? No. I felt really overwhelmed! It's so huge that it was so hard to grasp the full scale of it, and I ended up feeling very overwhelmed, and not humbled at all. In fact, it was Zion National Park that humbled me.
We had a full day at Grand Canyon, but if you want to do some hiking you'll really need two full days to explore. There wasn't much to do in the Grand Canyon hotel/town strip (outside of the National Park), so I think if I were to go again, I would stay in Flagstaff and then get the train to Grand Canyon, and it's one of those gorgeous old 1950's trains with the verandah on the back, as right by Flagstaff is a stretch of Route 66 that has apparently been preserved and still has all the old gas stations and diners with the old 1950's cars outside them. Unfortunately when we drove through Flagstaff we couldn't go and see it as we just didn't have time. Also if you take the train you get three hours at Grand Canyon, which is the perfect time for the kinda thing we did - just hop on and off the shuttle's at the various view points.
An absolutely beautiful place!
My brother and I being daredevils and standing right on the edge!
We saw five California Condors, which are completely incredible and truly breathtaking birds, not to mention, absolutely huge!
Grand Canyon is definitely worth a trip, and I really wish we had done a Mule ride down to the bottom of the canyon, but you had to be there at 9am, and we just didn't get up early enough to go. We spent quite a bit of time walking around the route just taking it all in, every time we walked round a corner with some trees obscuring the view, the scenery above would just suddenly come into view and my breath would catch in my throat. So awe-inspiring, so overwhelming, so...just...wow.