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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 10 attractions in Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon South Rim

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
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Desert View Watchtower

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
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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grand Canyon is a humbling testament to nature’s power. Carved by the mighty Colorado River, this northwestern Arizona wonder is 277 miles (444 kilometers) long and more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) deep. It’s no wonder Grand Canyon National Park is one of America’s most popular attractions, with over 6 million annual visitors.More
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Grand Canyon Visitor Center

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
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Mather Point

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
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Hualapai Ranch

Hualapai Ranch

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The Hualapai have been living in the Grand Canyon area for generations, and today the tribe offers some of the area’s best experiences at Hualapai Ranch. Enjoy cowboy shows, cookouts, and wagon rides; visit Indian Village to learn fascinating history; and brave the Skywalk, a platform extending 70 feet (21 meters) out over the canyon.More
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Grand Canyon West Rim

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
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Cameron Trading Post

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
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Glen Canyon Dam

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
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Desert View Drive

Desert View Drive

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This scenic drive in the Canyon’s southern section is open year round and boasts scenic views, incredible landscapes and plenty of overlooks. Travelers can explore the 26 miles of highway in about an hour, while en route to the park’s east entrance. While the spectacular views are the highlight of this journey, the Desert View Watchtower and Tusayan Ruin and Museum are both worth a stop for visitors who want to explore the region’s history and Native American culture.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Grand Canyon National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Grand Canyon National Park

Top activities in Grand Canyon National Park

45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
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Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
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Helicopter Tour of the North Canyon with Optional Hummer Excursion
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Grand Canyon Tour from Tusayan

Grand Canyon Tour from Tusayan

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Grand Canyon South Rim Jeep Tour with Transport from Tusayan
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3-Day Grand Canyon Classic Hike to the Colorado River
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South Kaibab Day Hike Tour
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South Kaibab Day Hike Tour

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Grand Canyon IMAX Movie

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Grand Canyon Helicopter 25-Minute Flight with Optional Hummer Tour
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Bright Angel Trail Day Hike Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Canyon National Park

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Toquetta_W, Jul 2021
Grand Canyon West Admission Ticket
I would definitely recommend going to see both sides of the Grand Canyon.
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Must do!
marthal, Jul 2021
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
A perfect way to see the Grand Canyon
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Awesome!
Katherine_K, Jul 2021
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
It was so beautiful to see the Grand Canyon this way.
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The View from Up Above!
Srini, Jul 2021
Grand Canyon Helicopter 40-Minute Flights with Optional Hummer Tour
This is the BEST way to see Grand Canyon!
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Fun at the canyon
bjh, Jun 2021
Grand Canyon West Admission Ticket
Good way to see the canyon for those not looking to do any significant hiking.
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Worth the money
Coleen_A, Jun 2021
Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane with Optional Hummer Tour
This was a great experience and an amazing way to see the Grand Canyon from above.
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Great views
Lakisha_M, Jun 2021
Grand Canyon Helicopter 40-Minute Flights with Optional Hummer Tour
Excellent toor and perfect way to see the Grand Canyon for the first time.
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Great Tour!
Bethan_A, May 2021
Off-Road Sunset Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate Detour
This was a great tour to see the Canyon!
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Awesome Adventure!
Amber_W, Jul 2021
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
Just the ability to see the entire Grand Canyon at one time and seeing its greatness.
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Totally recommend!
Susan_V, May 2021
Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
I loved that I got to see some of the best parts of the Grand Canyon and being driven there in a cool military-style Hummer!
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Amazing
MegsP, Apr 2021
Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane with Optional Hummer Tour
An amazing way to see the Grand Canyon if you're short on time.
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Awesomeness
Michael_N, Jul 2021
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
would recommend this to anyone wanting to see the Grand Canyon
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Great Experience!
Amy_C, Mar 2021
4-Hour Biblical Creation Sunset Tour - Grand Canyon South Rim
We were able to see incredible views and hear God’s word and a creation perspective on the Grand Canyon.
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Majestic Grand Canyon Sunset Tour
Paula_M, Jun 2021
Off-Road Sunset Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate Detour
We were able to see things going through the forrest that others do not get to see.
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Fun and educational
Perla_S, Nov 2020
Back-Road Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate By-Pass at 9:30 am
Also he recommended us different places to visit and different tours offered at the Grand Canyon.
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Grand view
ldhackett, Jun 2021
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
Great to see the Grand Canyon from above!
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Amazing guide
Perla_S, Nov 2020
Back-Road Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate By-Pass at 9:30 am
We seen the Grand Canyon from other amazing points of of view, of course it’s a lot to see there.
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Great tour
John_B, Oct 2020
Grand Canyon Tour from Tusayan
This was a great way to see the Grand Canyon.
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Amazing!
gnmcmillan11, Nov 2019
Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
This was a BEAUTIFUL drive and amazing way to see the sunset at the Grand Canyon.
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Best view of Grand Canyon
Rjsani99, Apr 2019
Helicopter Tour of the North Canyon with Optional Hummer Excursion
Only way to see the GC and appreciate its immensity.
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