We drove from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon National Park south entrance on 2 different days. It is about 60 miles each way.
Day 1: We took the Desert View Drive east along the canyon. It is about 22 miles from the main Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Once you leave the Visitor Center area, there was minimal traffic.
We saw an elk along the road. There were several idiots out of their cars and standing about 5 feet away from this wild animal trying to get a selfie.
The Desert View Watchtower gives an impressive 360 degree view of the eastern end of the canyon. You can walk up several flights of stairs to the top of the watchtower.
We also stopped at the Tusayan Museum and Ruins. It is believed this area was inhabited about 1200 AD. It was a long hike to the river’s edge so I’m not sure how they managed to survive here without an easy water source. Gee, I wonder if the environment or climate was different?? The Museum took about 15 minutes to go through and the trail around the ruins took us about 20 minutes.
Day 2: Helicopter (Papillon Heli Tours) ride over the Grand Canyon! Happy Birthday Hubby!!