One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is one of the few sites on the planet that has the right to be called awe-inspiring. Each year, almost 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon, and for good reason. Both the North Rim and South Rim of the canyon provide clear views of the site’s unworldly rock formations and vibrant colors. It’s beauty combined with local attractions make the Grand Canyon a great destination for couples looking for romance.
Take in a one-of-a-kind view
The myriad scenic treks and lookout points are one of the many romantic things to do at the Grand Canyon. Shoshone Point on the South Rim is one of the few viewpoints in the national park where hikers can see the Colorado River from the Inner Gorge, as well as the far away San Francisco Peaks. Couples also love this spot for a romantic picnic, especially since it’s one of the park’s lesser-known spots. To reach the point, park between mileposts 244 and 245 on the north side and walk through the ponderosa pine woodland for 20 minutes until you come to the rim.
Hike to Cedar Ridge on the South Kaibab Trail
This romantic hike — which is about three miles round-trip – is a clear dirt path and one of only two routes that takes you into the canyon. You and your sweetheart will take in unusual views not possible from above the canyon rim as you walk deeper and deeper into the canyon’s jagged and colorful rock. Make a stop at Ohh Ahh Point where you’ll get your first views to the east up the canyon, and continue down to Cedar Ridge. Here, you’ll truly be immersed in the natural wonder, as the layers of sediment envelop you. While a beautiful hike, keep in mind you’ll need double the time to return as the uphill path is steep. Moreover, a walking stick is recommended for going down. The trailhead is at Yaki Point Road and must be accessed via the park’s free shuttle bus system.
Enjoy dinner and a show
At Grand Canyon Dinner Theatre, Miss Kitty’s Grand Adventure “I’m No Mail Order Bride” is an entertaining performance set in, you guessed it, the Grand Canyon. The 50-minute show takes place in the early 1900s, and follows a young girl from Philadelphia who goes to the wild west to work as a Harvey Girl. The quirky characters and situations make for a memorable night with your honey, while high-quality Harris Ranch steaks and a western-style bar add to the experience.
If you’re interested in a different type of show, head to the Grand Canyon IMAX Theater in the National Geographic Visitor Center. Located one mile south of the park’s South Rim Entrance, the space shows the “Grand Canyon IMAX Movie,” with history, lesser-known Grand Canyon adventures and the area’s best scenery on a seven-story screen.