Updated 07.26.2018: This article was originally part of a paid series that I wrote as a brand ambassador for Michelin Guides.
If you’re a long time reader, then it’s no secret that the North Rim is my favorite destination at Grand Canyon National Park (Alan’s too). One of the easiest—and most scenic—ways to explore this side of the “big ditch” is taking the 23-mile-drive from Grand Canyon Lodge to Cape Royal.
Driving to Cape Royal on Grand Canyon’s North Rim
The paved road to Cape Royal travels through a mixed forest of ponderosa pine, douglas fir and quaking aspen. In autumn, the golden leaves of aspen trees shimmer when the wind blows through the forest adding to the already spectacular scene. This is a road for savoring, so spend a full day driving, taking short walks on the trails and stopping at the many viewpoints.
At Walhalla Overlook, you’ll see the Colorado River far below as it twists and turns through the Grand Canyon.
Alan took this photo of Angel’s Window while on a photography workshop. I think he was practicing with filters, which explains the golden glow. Do you see the guardrails and silhouettes of visitors walking on top? It’s a good place to stretch your legs on a long day of scenic driving.
Spend time at the Cape Royal Overlook admiring Vishnu Temple. The road ends here, so before you turn around and head back to the Grand Canyon Lodge, walk the trail to Angel’s Window and Cape Royal. You’ll be glad that you did.
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If you’re looking to visit the Grand Canyon soon, I’d highly recommend using a Michelin guide to help you discover all that this beautiful national park has to offer. For instance, Michelin Must Sees Grand Canyon & Arizona covers highlights of not only the Grand Canyon but also other Arizona must-sees like the beautiful saguaro desert near Tucson—my home for 11 years. This handy Michelin Guide includes detailed maps, hotel and restaurant recommendations and a must see star rating system. The small “pocket” size makes it easy to bring with you.
Disclosure: Michelin Guides has paid me to write this article as part of my Michelin Ambassador duties.