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Mather Campground

We arrived at Mather Campground after nearly 8 hours of driving from Orange County, CA on September 2016 at around 5pm. It was becoming dark so we set up the tent on the campground and had some fire grilled steaks that we bought on the way.

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Mather Point

We went to Mather Point which was 5-10 minutes away from our campground. There is a really nice Visitor Center at Grand Canyon to learn more about this magnificent place. From here, you can walk to the Rim Trail and see the entire Grand Canyon.

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Grandview Point

Grandview Point is about 20-25 minutes away from Mather Point. It is a South Rim viewpoint overlooking a panorama of colorful canyons, ridges and the snaking Colorado River.

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Bright Angel Trailhead

We dropped our car at our campground and walked to the closest mall to take a bus to Bright Angel Trailhead. By using the bus, you can travel through lots of interesting points and see hotels, lodges, trains, etc. on the way. At the end of the bus trip is another stop to a shuttle to Hermit Rest

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Hermit Trailhead

We took off at the last stop of the bus and walked through the Hermit Road has some of the best Grand Canyon views that you can see anywhere. Mary Colter, one of Grand Canyon’s most famous architects, built Hermits Rest in 1914 to look like an old miner’s cabin, complete with a giant fireplace and front porch. One can still see the old building on top of the rim overlooking the canyon. From the small gift shop, we hike down the trail to the canyon below.

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Yavapai Point

This is a panoramic viewpoint along South Rim with exceptional views of canyon ridges and the Colorado River. Lots of people came here for the spectacular sunset. We brought our camera gears here for the sunset and milky way pictures.

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“The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.”

John Wesley Powell

It’s true that Grand Canyon cannot be represented with symbols of speech, or even with pictures! One must be there in person to actually feel the overwhelming beauty of Grand Canyon. I feel extremely lucky to be able to travel to Grand Canyon even once in my life to experience the changeless spectacle of this unique place. Follow my trip to learn some tips to save time and money while travel to Grand Canyon.

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