The north rim of the Grand Canyon is very different from the south. First, there are fewer tourists! Second, you have a completely different view of the Colorado River. Third, you can actually drive along the rim. There are no shuttles. No need. Not that many cars drive out to the north rim. Finally, there are beautiful, lush forests right up to the north rim. The south rim has pinyon, and, yes, there are forests there too, but the north has many more tall trees. Unfortunately, those trees also burn and when we were there in 2006, a forest fire had burned much of the forest. It looked like a moonscape. We enjoyed our trip out to the north rim.