Take a Scenic Drive on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim
This article is part of a paid series that I’m writing as a brand ambassador for Michelin Guides.
If you’re a long time reader, then it’s no secret that the North Rim is my favorite destination at Grand Canyon National Park (Alan’s too). One of the easiest—and most scenic—ways to explore this side of the “big ditch” is taking the 23-mile-drive from Grand Canyon Lodge to Cape Royal.
The paved road to Cape Royal travels through a mixed forest of ponderosa pine, douglas fir and quaking aspen. In autumn, the golden leaves of aspen trees shimmer when the wind blows through the forest adding to the already spectacular scene. This is a road for savoring, so spend a full day driving, taking short walks on the trails and stopping at the many viewpoints.
At Walhalla Overlook, you’ll see the Colorado River far below as it twists and turns through the Grand Canyon.
Alan took this photo of Angel’s Window while on a photography workshop. I think he was practicing with filters, which explains the golden glow. Do you see the guardrails and silhouettes of visitors walking on top? It’s a good place to stretch your legs on a long day of scenic driving.
Spend time at the Cape Royal Overlook admiring Vishnu Temple. The road ends here, so before you turn around and head back to the Grand Canyon Lodge, walk the trail to Angel’s Window and Cape Royal. You’ll be glad that you did.
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Author Bio: A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.