Grand Canyon Skywalk#8 in Best Things To Do in Grand Canyon
One of the more controversial additions to the Grand Canyon's surroundings, the Grand Canyon Skywalk is a large, semi-circular bridge with a transparent glass floors, allowing tourists to walk 70 feet out over the canyon and view the floor from a truly unique vantage point – 4,000 feet above. The Skywalk lies outside of the park on the grounds of the Hualapai Indian Tribe. Purists initially criticized the construction of the Skywalk, claiming it ruined the area's natural aesthetic. Still, the attraction has drawn thousands of visitors since opening in 2007.
The Skywalk is a long drive from both the South Rim and the North Rim, inconveniencing many wishing to stay near the Grand Canyon Village. Recent travelers warned a stop at the Skywalk is an all-day endeavor since it's a long distance from other points of interest (about four hours from the Grand Canyon Village). Other travelers noted that the Skywalk was both inconvenient and overpriced. To access the Hualapai Indian Reserve, visitors must purchase a package. The lowest-priced option that includes the Skywalk costs $82.37 for adults and $62.09 for kids. The Skywalk is open year-round: From April 1 to Aug. 31, it’s open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; from Sept. 1 to March 31, it's open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Grand Canyon West website.
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#1 Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon Village is the most popular entryway into the park and, as such, often suffers from heavy crowds during the peak seasons in spring, summer and fall. But there's a reason the area is so appealing. It's home to Yavapai Point, one of the best places to view the canyon. If you don't like camping but want to stay within the park, you should consider looking for lodging here.
If you're staying elsewhere, anticipate spending at least half a day visiting the village's sights. Stop by the rustic Grand Canyon Railway Depot, which welcomes Grand Canyon Railway passengers to the village. Here, you'll learn about how the expansion of the railroad had an impact on Grand Canyon tourism. For authentic Native American souvenirs, head to the Hopi House, an adobe-style building representing a traditional Hopi crafts studio. Meanwhile, art aficionados should stop by the Kolb and Lookout studios for works of art inspired by the Grand Canyon.
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