Grand Canyon’s vastness condensed down to the five most essential must-do’s of the park

Your Best One Day at the Grand Canyon
Courtesy of Xanterra Parks & Resorts
Desert View Watchtower in winter

Breakfast at El Tovar Hotel. Treat yourself to a Southwestern-style breakfast, like blue corn pancakes with prickly pear syrup, amid the dining room’s Native American murals. (See Grand Canyon restaurants.)

Hike the Bright Angel Trail. Just a mile or two, then head back up. (See Best hikes.)

Shop For Native American Crafts. Hopi House, next to the El Tovar Hotel, has a large selection of items including baskets, pottery, and Navajo blankets.

Take a ranger-led walk. The park offers ranger-led walks and talks on topics including geology, Native American history, and natural history.

Road Trip to Desert View. From Grand Canyon Village, it’s 25 miles to the Watchtower, a masterpiece by Southwest architect Mary Jane Colter. Climb to the top for Colorado River views and to see historic murals by Hopi painter Fred Kabotie.

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