I visited The Grand Canyon in early September of 2011. It's an amazing place! My eldest son was almost conviced that it was a movie set backdrop because it was too beautiful to be real. The colors change with each passing hour of the day. It's something you almost have to see to believe. On our first day there, my eldest and I awakened at 4:00 am to get ready to head out to the rim to await sunrise. It was well worth it. There was hardly anyone else around. It was so peaceful.