You get the impression from movies that it's just going to be this rock formation on the side of the road and if you're passing by and have a minute to stop, eh, go ahead and do it. This place though, this place is magical and magnificent, and every single American should start planning their vacation there if they haven't already been.
On a side note, let me share my ignorance with you all now. I had no idea The Grand Canyon was on the edge of a National Forest. Like... no clue at all. On our drive back down to Flagstaff we drove through snow capped mountains and hit 8,065 feet of elevation. The temperature dropped to 33*. It was COLD. I always thought The Grand Canyon was deserty and barren. I never in a million years expected to see warning signs for mountain lions! It was such an eye-opening adventure! In his South African episode of Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain said:
"So a good friend of mine, a really great travel writer, said something. The more I travel the less I know."That's how I felt almost this entire trip, but especially at The Grand Canyon, and I'm so happy I took the time to stop and learn!