The Grand Canyon near Phoenix is a natural wonder that left me awe-inspired. The sheer vastness of the canyon and the intricate layers of rock formations are truly breathtaking. Opting for a combination of South Rim viewpoints, like Mather Point and Yavapai Observation Station, provided a comprehensive and visually stunning experience. Consider taking a guided tour for deeper insights into the geological and cultural aspects. Sunset or sunrise visits offer magical lighting, enhancing the canyon's colors. The Grand Canyon's beauty is best appreciated by embracing multiple viewpoints and taking the time to absorb its grandeur. The parking fee is $35 but good for 7 days so scheduled time to return, it is impossible to see it all in 1 day. The South Rim is equipped with several shuttle routes taking you to different locations within the park. The Red route is the longest and busiest with 10 stops lasting approximately 80 minutes roundtrip if you do not hop off for a closer look. The Orange route is 6 stops including the Visitor Center and is about 60 minutes without getting off. The Blue route stops at all accommodations in the canyon including restaurants, grocery, and visitor center, and takes you to the Red route transfer. There is also a Blue line express direct to the Red route. The Purple route runs from the canyon to the neighbor village square Tusayan but this route is limited and runs only during the peak summer months. Bathrooms are located at the visitor center and at specific stops throughout the park but there are more like outhouses with no running water so hand sanitizer is provided. Dress warm and wear comfortable shoes with excellent grips especially if you are visiting after the summer months because it can get quite chilly and even have some snowfall.