It’s July and summer is now in full swing! But with all the rules of social distancing, your family vacation might feel a bit different this year. Instead of cancelling that yearly trip, take a trip to the outdoors! Take a road trip to your favorite national park and see the beauty of the National Parks that America has to offer! One of our favorites, The Grand Canyon, has just recently opened The South Rim for 24 hours while the North Rim is now open for day use. Mark this landmark off your bucket list this summer and collect a premium souvenir magnet while you’re here!
Planning a trip?
The free official Grand Canyon App (iOS or Android) from the National Park Service provides detailed information about things to do, lodging, campgrounds, and the many services offered throughout the park. Be sure to download the app before you enter the park as you lose a lot of service once inside the park! Before you plan your trip, check the status of the national parks you might want to visit here!
Beat the Crowds
Staying away from big crowds this year? Fortunately, the park offers plenty of ways to navigate and avoid the congestion of the crowds to make the most of your time at the park, especially during the time of COVID and social distancing:
- Purchase an entrance pass in Tusayan at any one of these locations (follow link)
- Annual and Lifetime Park Passes
- Arrive early (by 9am) or show up later (after 4pm)
- The North Rim is harder to get to, but also more secluded
Prepping for the Weather
No matter where you go, it’s always important to study a bit of the climate so you can properly prepare when you arrive. From terrain for your automobile to what shoes you should wear, make sure you know what the forecast looks like and the common temperatures you are likely to experience when visiting the Grand Canyon. You can learn more about the climate of the park here.
While some campgrounds in the park are close due to COVID concerns, it’s also important to note that there are still available places in other areas of the park! While it’s recommended that you make a reservation, certain NPS camping spots are open all year long! To make a reservation, you’ll need to choose your campground and call the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1 (877) 444-6777, or, you can visit them online at www.recreation.gov.
Commemorate the Trip
Whether you’re an avid traveler or you’re taking the family on a trip, don’t forget to preserve your travel memories! Pick up a “Discover National Park Grand Canyon” magnet from our online store Classic Magnets! See other places you’ve been? You can pick up the entire set, or, you can purchase the parks as you visit them!