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Welcome to the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon in Arizona needs no introduction. Carved out by the Colorado river for more than five-million years, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and noted as one of the top wonders of the world. Travelers stream in to visit the red-hued canyon, taking day trips from Sedona, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and beyond. For a different point of entry, book a seat on the Grand Canyon Railway out of Williams, and ride to the canyon and back on a seldom-used mode of transport. On a guided Jeep tour, you’ll get information about the area’s history, geology, and plants; while a bus tour includes narration and optional extras such as an IMAX movie. For views, it’s hard to beat a helicopter or airplane tour of the Grand Canyon. Be warned: When it comes to visiting the canyon, you’ll often have to pick a side. The South Rim is the most popular, and offers hiking opportunities such as Bright Angel Trail, with attractions on these paths including Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon Village, and Hermit’s Rest. The North Rim is more desolate, while the West Rim is home to both the Hualapai, a native American Indian tribe; and the glass-floored Skywalk, which teeters over the cliff at Eagle Point. Nearby, the smooth rocks of Antelope Canyon and the tranquility of Lake Powell are draws. No matter which tour you choose, aim to watch the sun set over the Grand Canyon as your day draws to a close.

Top 15 attractions in Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon West Rim

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The Grand Canyon’s West Rim, located just outside Grand Canyon National Park, is home to the vast Hualapai Indian Reservation and includes 108 miles (173 kilometers) of picturesque canyon views. The closest section of the canyon to Las Vegas, the West Rim is famous for the lofty Grand Canyon Skywalk, Guano Point, and Eagle Point.More

Desert View Watchtower

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Enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of the Grand Canyon from the historic Desert View Watchtower. Architect Mary Colter created the tower, built in the early 1930s, as an homage to the watchtowers built by the Ancestral Puebloan people who once inhabited the Four Corners area. The murals inside were painted by a local Hopi artist.More

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

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The National Geographic Visitor Center is both a gateway to the Grand Canyon and a destination in its own right. Conveniently located near the South Rim entrance, the center makes a logical first stop at Arizona’s iconic landmark. Visit the center for guidance on your trip, and to experience its IMAX Theater, cafe, and exhibits.More

Grand Canyon South Rim

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The South Rim is the most popular area of Grand Canyon National Park, boasting easy access to the canyon, the bulk of available amenities and services, and the panoramic vistas for which the natural wonder is famous. One of the most famous attractions in the American Southwest, the area offers breathtaking views over the Colorado River and the chance to immerse yourself in Native American culture.More

Glen Canyon Dam

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In 1964, the Colorado River’s roaring waters needed to be harnessed, so the towering 710-foot-tall (216 meter) Glen Canyon Dam was built. The resulting 186-mile-long (299 kilometer) Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in the US, took 17 years to fill to capacity. Today, the dam provides hydroelectric power to the American West.More

Eagle Point

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Eagle Point, a popular stop in Grand Canyon West, is the site of a Native American village, amphitheater, and the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk—a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that extends 70 feet (21 meters) over the canyon for views of the Colorado River 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) below.More

Cameron Trading Post

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A popular stop en route to the Grand Canyon, the historic Cameron Trading Post combines American Indian art and culture with a modern travel stop. Browse the expansive souvenir shop, eat at the restaurant, or even stay overnight in the hotel—all while experiencing the traditional food, crafts, and decore of Navajo and Hopi tribes.More

Mather Point

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With its panoramic Grand Canyon views, Mather Point is one of the most visited spots in Grand Canyon National Park. The multitier viewing platform is perched on a rocky outcropping near the South Rim entrance and a short walk from a visitor center. Walk nearby trails to reach multiple vantage points and photo opportunities along the rim.More

Grandview Point

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Grandview Point’s scenic overlook offers views of the Grand Canyon from the tallest and southernmost point on the South Rim. It’s location a mile off the main road between Grand Canyon Village and Desert View Visitor Center means fewer crowds a new vantage point overlooking the canyon’s majestic layers. The nearby trail provides views of the Colorado River far below.More

Grand Canyon Railway

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Combining the mystique of the Wild West with the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, the Grand Canyon Railway has been delighting riders since 1901. As you make the two-hour trip to the canyon from Williams, Arizona, to the South Rim, you’ll be entertained by authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life, all the while soaking up the unforgettable scenery of Grand Canyon National Park.More

Bright Angel Point

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Bright Angel Point is the most popular viewpoint on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, offering views of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim and Roaring Springs some 3,000 feet (914 meters) below. The easy paved Bright Angel Point trail leads to the spot, with panoramic views of Grand Canyon National Park unfolding along the way.More

Desert View Drive

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Built in 1931 to appeal to an increasing number of visitors arriving by car, this 26-mile (42-kilometer driving route is a visual delight, showing off the beauty and grandeur of the Grand Canyon. Hugging the rim of one of America’s most epic natural wonders, the road leads to several scenic pullouts and viewpoints.More

Tusayan Ruins and Museum

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A visit to Tusayan Ruins and Museumprovides a glimpseinto the life of the Hopi tribe and the Ancestral Puebloan people who inhabited the region 800 years ago. Inside the museum, there are artfully displayed exhibits on various aspects of life in the village including pottery,arrowheads, and other household artifacts. The museum also features some of the original 2,000–4,000 year oldsplit-twig figurines, which are made in the shape of deer or bighorn sheep, sometimes with horns or antlers.The Tusayan Ruins and Museumis part of the Grand Canyon South Rim’s Desert View Drive. The trail itself holds a variety of attractions including Desert View, the breathtaking scenery unfolding from Desert View Watchtower, Navajo Point, where you can see the Colorado River and Escalante Butte, and Lipan Point, where you can see several stretches of the Colorado River. Also here is Moran Point, where you can see a layer of red shale in the canyon walls.More

Grand Canyon IMAX Theater

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At six stories tall and 82 feet wide (25 meters), the screen of the Grand Canyon IMAX is grand, perfect for a screening of Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets in the 487-person theater. The 34-minute show takes travelers into the canyon with historical commentary and incredible aerial views—a perfect introduction to the real thing.More

Grand Canyon North Rim

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No trip to Las Vegas is complete without visiting the Grand Canyon. Thousands of feet higher than the South Rim, the canyon’s North Rim provides impressive vistas, trails along the Colorado River, and a better glimpse at the inner canyon, all with sparser crowds than its more popular counterpart. Highlights on the North Rim include Bright Angel Point (a terminus of the famous Bright Angel Trail), Angel’s Window Overlook, Cape Royal, and Point Imperial—the Grand Canyon’s highest point at 8,800 feet (2,682 meters).More
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Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Canyon National Park

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Meredith_M, Jan 2023
Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
We got to see four different overlooks and heard about the history and significance of different parts of the canyon.
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Amazing experience!
Chris_B, Dec 2022
Helicopter Tour of the North Canyon with Optional Hummer Excursion
Perfect way to see the Grand Canyon.
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Amazing Views of Grand Canyon
MaryU_H, Dec 2022
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
You never, ever will be able to see the Grand Canyon this way!
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First time to visit Grand...
Roger_B, Dec 2022
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
First time to visit Grand Canyon and would recommend it to anyone planning a trip there in the future.
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Tour was great and informational.
joanchiu, Nov 2022
3 Hour Off-Road Sunset Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate Detour
The only part was we did not think of the cool temperature in the fall since the car is pretty much open air.
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Amazing Experience
Alvaro_C, Nov 2022
Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
The Grand Canyon has always been in my bucket list to visit, and had an amazing time.
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Great Experience
Hannah_G, Oct 2022
Grand Canyon Helicopter 45-Minute Flight with Optional Hummer Tour
Best way to see it!
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Great tour!
Pat_S, Oct 2022
Grand Canyon Tour from Tusayan
Perfect way to see and learn about the Grand Canyon.
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All about Grand Canyon National Park

When to visit

Grand Canyon National Park’s busiest season is also one of its worst for weather: Summer brings in rain, high temperatures, and crowds. You’ll have a much better time visiting the park during the shoulder seasons of April–May and September–October. If you’re eyeing the more-secluded North Rim (only 10 percent of all Grand Canyon visitors see this side of the canyon!), keep in mind that this high-elevation spot is only open May 15–Oct. 15, weather permitting.

Getting around

You’ll have no issue getting around Grand Canyon National Park—free shuttles traverse the South Rim regularly, even stopping at viewpoints where personal vehicles aren’t permitted. The Grand Canyon Railway runs year-round as do guided tours, and from May–October, there’s rim-to-rim shuttle service as well. Beyond motorized, on-the-ground transport, consider mule trips, horseback riding, helicopter tours, or rafting the Colorado River to discover a wilder side of the canyon.

Traveler tips

If you’re looking for the Grand Canyon Skywalk, that glass marvel hangs off the canyon’s western rim, technically on the tribal lands of the Hualapai. Pair walking “off the edge” with a self-guided tour of the Native American Village at Eagle Point. This area known as Grand Canyon West is only 90 minutes from Las Vegas, making it a great day-trip option for quick-hitting visitors.

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