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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 attractions in Grand Canyon National Park for Spring

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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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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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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 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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Eagle Point

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
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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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Desert View Drive

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
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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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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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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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Grand Canyon IMAX Theater

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
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Bright Angel Point

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
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Grandview Point

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
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Grand Canyon Railway

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
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Grand Canyon North Rim

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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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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Helicopter Tour of the North Canyon with Optional Hummer Excursion
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Grand Canyon Helicopter 40-Minute Flights with Optional Hummer Tour
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Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
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Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane with Optional Hummer Tour
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Arizona Highlights - Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Flight with River Rafting
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Grand Canyon Tour from Tusayan
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Grand Canyon Tour from Tusayan

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Grand Canyon Helicopter 25-Minute Flight with Optional Hummer Tour
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25-minute Grand Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour from Tusayan, Arizona
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3-Day Grand Canyon Classic Hike to the Colorado River
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Grand Canyon IMAX Movie

Grand Canyon IMAX Movie

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Grand Canyon Full Day Hike

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Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Canyon National Park

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Helicopter- perfect way to see the canyon
Cynthia_F, May 2022
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
Highly recommend this adventure as a way to see the Grand Canyon.
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Not to be missed!
MichelleP_M, Apr 2022
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
A flight is a terrific way to see the size and changing landscapes of the Grand Canyon.
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Not the day I planned.
Judy_F, Apr 2022
Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
Falling at the Grand Canyon, and getting excellent help and care from the tour guide and a few very caring visitors!
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Very cool
Matthew_C, Apr 2022
Helicopter Tour of the North Canyon with Optional Hummer Excursion
Cool to see the Grand Canyon from the air.
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Great tour
Jerry_M, Apr 2022
3 Hour Back-Road Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate By-Pass at 9:30 am
You have to see the Grand Canyon for yourself to truely appreciate how grand it really is.
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Absolutely the best way...
Bruce_R, Mar 2022
Grand Canyon Helicopter 40-Minute Flights with Optional Hummer Tour
Absolutely the best way to see the Grand Canyon.
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Awesome experience!
Jake_W, Mar 2022
Grand Canyon Helicopter 40-Minute Flights with Optional Hummer Tour
Great way to see the Grand Canyon.
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Great time! Beautiful...
Riley_Y, Mar 2022
Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane with Optional Hummer Tour
Great way to see just how big the Grand Canyon really is.
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Kori_S, Feb 2022
Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
We learned a lot about the history of the Grand Canyon while getting to see some of the most spectacular views.
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Truly amazing!
Marina_R, Jan 2022
Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane with Optional Hummer Tour
I took my parents to see the grand canyon and we could not be happier.
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Got more than we expected
Maria_H, Apr 2022
3 Hour Back-Road Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate By-Pass at 9:30 am
We did the morning tour and ask for advised about what to do after.
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Fabulous tour
Patrick_S, Jan 2022
Grand Canyon Tour from Tusayan
If you want to see and learn about the grand canyon this is the best way to do it.
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Worth it!
Laura_C, Mar 2022
Grand Canyon Helicopter 40-Minute Flights with Optional Hummer Tour
The best way to see the Grand Canyon!
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My adventure at the Grand Canyon
Shakira_P, Oct 2021
3 Hour Off-Road Sunset Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate Detour
Everything how we got to see the elk.
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Tracy_M, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon West Admission Ticket
The address to them location was not very good as, Grand Canyon West, Peach Springs took us an hour and half past actual site.
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Great tour Highly recommend!!!
Mike_A, Oct 2021
3 Hour Off-Road Sunset Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate Detour
During our tour we were able to see big bull elk and their cows, so close you could almost touch them.
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Best Experience Ever!
Katrina_H, Feb 2022
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
Best way to see the Grand Canyon!
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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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The helicopter ride was...
Anthony_R, Feb 2022
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
The helicopter ride was amazing such a great way to see Grand Canyon the day after hiking it!!
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Amazing sunset tour
Gina_L, Dec 2021
Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
I’m really glad we came here during the winter, it may be colder than usual but it’s great it not crowded.
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