Visiting the south rim of the Grand Canyon with an infant was very easy. The rim trail is mostly a handicap accessible trail, with lots of shady benches (logs) and views right from the concrete path. We have an Uppababy Vista stroller with good wheels that also helped with some of the rougher parts of the path, but certainly wasn’t necessary. Some of the viewpoints required walking down a short set of stairs, so we ended up trading off watching our daughter while the other took photos. The Yavapi Observation building is an air conditioned building right on the rim trail, with beautiful views of the canyon and explanations of the geological history of the canyon. There’s also bottled water for sale, and restrooms in the parking lot nearby (but no change table, oddly enough). We also drove the East Rim Drive, and checked out many of the views from the pullouts – for some of them we didn’t even need to get out of the car.
While the Grand Canyon is beautiful, and very impressive, it certainly didn’t awe us as much as other places in the world have. We couldn’t quite put our finger on – but for us it just doesn’t rank among the most beautiful natural places in the world.
That evening we ate at the Pizza Factory. It’s across the street from Cruiser’s Route 66 Cafe. The restaurant is very casual – you order at the counter and seat yourself. Most of the tables are picnic tables with plastic table cloths. They do bring your food to your table. Ian had the Route 66 special pizza and I had the vegetarian – we would recommend both. There was lots of choice in toppings, and the pizza was very good. There is also a salad bar which seemed to have a decent number of choices.