Words cannot describe this place!!! Even pictures do not do it justice!! The Grand Canyon is considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of World. It is one of those places you just have to visit. I am in awe at each overlook that we stopped at. Due to crowds etc we decided to go early. It was about an hour and a half drive and we departed here about 6:30 and arrived at 8:00. The visitor center was closed until 9:00 but we did not need anything there. We parked at the visitor center, just a short walk to the shuttles. We decided to use the free shuttle system and it was an excellent choice.
They have a village shuttle (Blue Line)that loops the village itself. One of the stops is a transfer at Hermit’s Rest. You transfer to the Red Line which takes you out along the South Rim to an overlook called Hermits Rest, then returns to the transfer station. On the outbound leg, it stops at 9 overlooks and you can get off, walk around hike to another or take photos and picked up the next shuttle. You can get off as often as you like and shuttles pass by every 15 to 20 minutes. Great way to get directly to some excellent viewing points.
When we were finished, we road it back to the transfer and took the Blue Line back to the visitor center. The Blue has all its stops around the village proper.
On the way home, we stopped in the town of Williams AZ, 50 miles from the Canyon and 25 from Flagstaff. Cute little town with lots of shops and history as it was on Route 66.