There are differences between the South Rim and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon that go beyond direction.
The North Rim is lots less crowded, has higher elevation (8200 feet) with a spruce-fir forest, takes longer to get to and has fewer amenities.
It is well worth the trip! There are lots of hiking trails and spectacular scenic views with a different perspective.
We stayed at the Grand Canyon Lodge in a charming cabin. Dinner was delicious at the lodge and the sunset spell binding.
Dawn found us dressed and ready to walk out to Bright Angel Point Trail.
The weather changed mid morning bringing dark clouds, thunder and rain. Pretty dramatic!
Today the forces of nature are at work slowly deepening and widening the Grand Canyon. There is much information on the geology and history of this place at http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
And oh yes, it closes Oct. 15 due to the weather!