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From South Rim: Grand Canyon Spirit Helicopter Tour

1. From South Rim: Grand Canyon Spirit Helicopter Tour

Head to Grand Canyon Airport at Tusayan, Arizona for a fantastic 45-minute helicopter flight over the the Grand Canyon. Departing from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, soar above the Kaibab National Forest for amazing views of the Marble Canyon and Point Imperial. Watch in awe as the South Rim gradually drops away, providing one of the most memorable views of the entire canyon. Climb above the North Rim, and experience the fabulous bird's-eye views before heading through the Dragon Corridor, the canyon's widest and deepest part. See in the distance the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower, designed by the Hopi Native Americans. Your journey then follows the Colorado River upstream to where it merges with the Little Colorado River, back over the Kaibab National Forest, and on to Tusayan. Relax as you take in the views from a state-of-the-art ECO-Star Helicopter with individual leather seats, wrap-around glass for outstanding visibility, and exceptional noise-reduction features both inside and out.

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From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

2. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Grand Canyon National Park. Admire the incredible views and geological wonders of Northern Arizona. Enjoy a tour fully narrated by some of the most experienced guides in the Southwest. After pickup from your hotel in Sedona, ascend the Colorado Plateau and continue through the photogenic Oak Creek Canyon. Take winding roads as you leave the red rocks behind, then stop at the tall Ponderosa Pines. Next, arrive at Flagstaff, where other travelers will join the tour. Pass by the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, before heading to the Grand Canyon South Entrance. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, explore historic buildings, see majestic views at Grand Canyon Village, and enjoy lunch on your own. See some of the widest and deepest scenic views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River. Get to experience the magnificent South Rim scenery first-hand. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. Visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch, as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. Your guide knows the best vistas to stop at and will make sure you get the most gorgeous, least crowded viewpoints. At Desert View, you are free to climb the Watchtower Observatory for amazing views that will leave you breathless. On your way back from the Grand Canyon, experience a view of the western edge of the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the Colorado River Gorge. Before you return, make a brief stop at the Navajo Reservation. Here you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the historical Cameron Trading Post.

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From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Trip by Bus

3. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Trip by Bus

Take a day to see one of the wonders of the world on your visit to Las Vegas. You’ll travel in a luxurious motorcoach to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Complimentary pickup and drop-off at most Las Vegas hotels is provided. Your professional driver/guide will provide live narration en route to the Grand Canyon, while you sit back and relax in true luxury on a state-of-the-art luxury bus. Each bus is equipped with an on-board restroom, airline-style seats, footrests, and televisions to ensure comfortable traveling. Admission to Grand Canyon National Park as well as lunch at the Grand Canyon Visitors Center are included in your tour price. You’ll stop at 2 scenic sites along the Canyon Rim to take in the magnificence of this natural wonder. There are optional additions to the tour that may interest you. With the IMAX theater option you’ll have the opportunity to see a 34-minute film featuring the wonders of the Grand Canyon. You’ll view the film on an 84-foot wide screen, in a theater that’s located in the Grand Canyon Visitors Center. The other option is to take an aerial tour of the Canyon by helicopter. You’ll gain an amazing overview of the site and have breathtaking views of the Canyon’s walls and the Colorado River.

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From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Tour

4. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Tour

Visit Grand Canyon National Park where you can relax, hike the trails, explore the beautiful surroundings, and take in breathtaking views from the South Rim. You’ll have a full 3 hours at the Park. When you arrive at the Visitor's Center you’ll have the option of walking along the 2.5 mile paved trail leading to Mather Point and Grand Canyon Village. From these locations you can enjoy panoramic views of the Canyon, the Phantom Ranch, and the Colorado River. Along the trail you’ll enjoy the breezes that pass through the pinion and juniper pines. You can walk out to the railed rim and view the majestic beauty of one of the 7 Wonders of the World. If you like, you can continue hiking along the rim, finishing up at either Grand Canyon Village or Yavapai Point. Another option is to simply hop on the shuttle bus and head back to Grand Canyon Village! Your tour includes a nutritious breakfast and bottled water, in addition to a box lunch to enjoy at your leisure. The picnic-style box lunch includes a choice of a roast beef, ham, turkey, or vegetarian sandwich.

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3-day Tour of Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon from Las Vegas

5. 3-day Tour of Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon from Las Vegas

This three-day tour includes highlights of the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon in Arizona and Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and the town of Kanab in Utah.   Day 1: Las Vegas – Grand Canyon – Page Your tour begins traveling southeast through the Mojave Desert and the Navajo Indian reservation before you come to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World." Tour the South Rim and learn how throughout the years the Colorado River has carved its way down to the sea and created a natural wonderland for geologists. After lunch, continue along the canyon stopping at some of the many Indian marketplaces to browse the hand-made arts and crafts. Overnight – Clarion Inn Page AZ Day 2: Las Vegas – Grand Canyon Start the day where “The water runs through the rocks” as per the local Navajo folklore. We tour the lower Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water and sand; words are not enough to describe these formations created by Mother Nature. After our tour we depart this amazing area and head west to Bryce Canyon home to the most amazing natural sculptures of the world. The tour will take you to see amazing rock and sand sculptures honed to perfection over thousands of years of rain wind and sunshine. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the viewpoints in the park (may change due to changing sunset times). After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab, Kanab. Overnight - Days Inn Kanab On certain departures tour will continue to Cedar City for overnight. Overnight hotel Comfort Inn Cedar City.  Day 3: Zion Park – Las Vegas After breakfast, it's time to visit Zion National Park, which received its name from the Mormons that settled in the area. They gave it this name after claiming that visiting the park is like a religious experience. The majesty of the mountains and the silence of the wilderness make you feel like you have been transported to another place. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that winds through the park before leaving this amazing area for an evening arrival in Las Vegas.    

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Scottsdale: Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona with Lunch

6. Scottsdale: Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona with Lunch

Begin your adventure with pick-up from your hotel or accommodation at 6:00 AM. Watch the incredible natural landscape passing by your window, as you enjoy a comfortable drive up to the Grand Canyon National Park. Explore the spectacular canyon on a guided tour and learn about the history of the world famous site. Spend around 3 hours in the Grand Canyon National Park and take in the breathtaking views from two of the most prominent viewpoints in the area. Make the most of some free time, as you have the chance to visit the Grand Canyon Village, located on the South Rim. Grab some lunch before you venture to Sedona. Experience the atmosphere of uptown Sedona and view the local art work. Depart from the town and stop at the Red Rock State Park, where you can take pictures to remember your expedition. 

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Grand Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour from South Rim

7. Grand Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour from South Rim

Experience an exhilarating flight as you depart from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon over the Kaibab National Forest. You will head toward the Tower of Ra and then fly north through the Dragon Corridor and over the mighty Colorado River towards the North Rim of the canyon. View the Tower of Ra and the Vishnu Schist rock formation as you fly back through the Dragon Corridor, the widest and deepest section of the Grand Canyon. From this point you can see some of the oldest exposed rock layers in the world. The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. With its incredible scenery and inspirational beauty, the flow of visitors of all ages keeps growing. Now with a number of ways of see the canyon, some may choose to drive, hike, bike or ride a mule. One adventure that awaits is the sky—a Maverick Helicopters’ tour from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. In these state-of-the-art ECO-Star helicopters, you fly the skies in comfort with individual leather seats, wraparound glass for outstanding visibility and exceptional noise-reduction features both inside and out. Take to the skies to see the Grand Canyon as never before from a bird's-eye view.

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Grand Canyon: IMAX Movie Experience with Boxed Lunch

8. Grand Canyon: IMAX Movie Experience with Boxed Lunch

Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets is the most watched IMAX film of all time and will take you below the rim on a 34-minute journey. Watch the film whilst relaxing at the amazing canyon and enjoying a boxed lunch. Located at the Grand Canyon Visitors Center just outside the South Rim Park gates. Upon arrival pick up your tickets for the movie, then grab some lunch to enjoy during it. Lunch includes a choice of sandwich, chips, apple, cheese, cookie and water.

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What people are saying about South Rim

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 577 reviews

This was a very exciting and entertaining trip. Andrea was very nice and very knowledgeable. She answer all or our questions and provided valuable information regarding the places we visited. Andrea improvised to give us the best opportunity to enjoy the Grand Canyon and that made the trip even better.

The bus was small with just 7 people which I liked. The tour guide was very nice and informative. We saw so much more than we would have on our own and learned quite a lot about the Canyon and surrounding area.

Very recommendable! Simply a hammer, you don't even want to get out! Pilot super nice and lots of details about the Grand Canyon! Organization was very good! We'll definitely do this again

Everything about this experience is worth it. The check in process was easy, the pilot was very friendly and knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon. We felt very safe as well.

Great tour with views of the Grand Canyon you can't have from either rim, along with very interesting insight and explanations from our pilot