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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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

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 Full Day Hike

Grand Canyon Full Day Hike

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Grand Canyon Tour from Tusayan

Grand Canyon Tour from Tusayan

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

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Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Canyon National Park

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Helicopter ride
Daniel_R, Jan 2022
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
What a great way to see all the great views of the Grand Canyon.
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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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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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Bucket List Helicopter Ride ✅
Brad_R, Dec 2021
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
We were only there for a day so this gave us the opportunity to see the South Rim.
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Great way to experience the canyon
Jerry_L, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
Once in a lifetime trip to see the Grand Canyon.
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My adventure at the Grand Canyon
Shakira_P, Oct 2021
Off-Road Sunset Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate Detour
Everything how we got to see the elk.
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Wonderful Experience
Nathan_R, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane with Optional Hummer Tour
This is the best way to see the Grand Canyon.
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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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Excellent
Steven_H, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon Helicopter 40-Minute Flights with Optional Hummer Tour
The scenery was great, really is the best way to see the Grand Canyon.
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Great tour Highly recommend!!!
Mike_A, Oct 2021
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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Amazing
Kathleen_L, Dec 2021
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
Overwhelming beauty and rugged terrain, the only way to see the Grand Canyon!
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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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Best way to see all of the Canyon period.
Shane_B, Jul 2021
Grand Canyon Helicopter 40-Minute Flights with Optional Hummer Tour
This is by far the best way to see all of the Canyon and worth every penny for that reason.
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Great experience
Lynette_M, Nov 2021
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
My husband and I had a marvelous experience, and the best way to see the beauty of the Grand Canyon.
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Views
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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It was my 55 birthday
Diane_M, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
It was a nice way to see the canyon.
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Excellent
Lori_D, Nov 2021
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
Wonderful way 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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An Amazing Adventure by Air and Land
Gina_L, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane with Optional Hummer Tour
By air, having the opportunity to see 120 miles of the Grand Canyon was something we’d never accomplish by other mode.
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Just Awesome!!!
Michelle_C, Oct 2021
Off-Road Sunset Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate Detour
We were able to see sights/views that we would have never found on our own!
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