Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — The natural beauty of the Grand Canyon is stunning year-round, but the most romantic time to visit is in the winter, when crowds are light and the possibility of being snowed-in beckons. Winter is also an especially good time for watching wildlife, taking snow hikes, and spending evenings in front of a warm fire. Moon Grand Canyon travel guidebook author Kathleen Bryant provides 10 cozy tips for couples looking for a romantic getaway in the great outdoors.
1. Find a Romantic Place to Stay: Reserve a room at El Tovar or, for even more atmosphere, one of the historic cabins at Bright Angel Lodge. 2. Greet the Dawn: Grab a quick bite at the Canyon Coffee House in Bright Angel Lodge, and hop the shuttle to Yaki Point to enjoy an awe-inspiring sunrise. 3. Enjoy a Picnic for Two: Pick up sandwiches at the General Store deli and spend a few hours exploring the overlooks along the West Rim’s Hermit Road. Afterwards warm up with hot chocolate at Hermits Rest. 4. Experience local culture: Spend some time in the art gallery at Kolb Studio, or attend an evening program at Shrine of the Ages to learn about Grand Canyon history. 5. Breakfast in the Village: Take a self-guided walking tour through Grand Canyon Village, stopping for breakfast at the Bright Angel restaurant. 6. Book a Romantic Dinner: Make reservations ahead of time to enjoy a candlelight dinner at El Tovar’s elegant dining room. 7. Visit the Hopi House: The Hopi House, designed by architect Mary Colter in 1905, holds the canyon’s finest collection of Native American jewelry, perfect for purchasing a memento. 8. Take an Evening Hike: Bundle up for a moonlight stroll along the Rim Trail, or take in a ranger-guided moon walk or star talk at Mather Point. 9. Explore Scenic Outlooks: Spend the day exploring the East Rim by car, watching the sunset from Lipan Point or the Desert View Watchtower, another Mary Colter creation. 10. Watch the Sunset: Winter sunsets arrive early, often painting the canyon walls in brilliant orange, pink and lavender, thanks to the sun’s low angle. Hopi Point is the most popular sunset spot; opt for Maricopa or Mohave points to avoid a crowd.
For more information on planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, or more detailed travel tips and advice on planning a winter visit to the National Parks, visit the Moon Travel Guides website.
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