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Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim)/USA

Introducing Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim)

On the Grand Canyon's North Rim, solitude reigns supreme. There are no shuttles or bus tours, no museums, shopping centers, schools or garages. In fact, there isn't much of anything here beyond a classic rimside national park lodge, a campground, a motel, a general store and miles of trails carving through sunny meadows thick with wildflowers, willowy aspen and towering ponderosa pines. Amid these forested roads and trails, what you'll find is peace, room to breathe and a less fettered Grand Canyon experience.

At 8200ft, the North Rim is about 10°F (6°C) cooler than the south – even on summer evenings you'll need a sweater. The lodge and all services are closed from mid-October through mid-May. Rambo types can cross-country ski in and stay at the campground.

Park admission is $25 per vehicle or $12 per person if arriving on foot or by bicycle; it's valid for seven days at both rims. Upon entering, you'll be given a map and The Guide. The entrance to the North Rim is 24 miles south of Jacob Lake on Hwy 67. From here, it's another 20 miles to the Grand Canyon Lodge