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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 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, wraparound glass for outstanding visibility, and exceptional noise-reduction features both inside and out.

Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Tickets with Guided Bus Tour

2. Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Tickets with Guided Bus Tour

Enjoy the Grand Canyon's natural beauty on a nostalgic train ride featuring western musicians and cowboy characters on vintage cars with this roundtrip train ticket between Williams and the Grand Canyon. Take a guided bus tour to the top sights along the canyon's South Rim.  Pickup your tickets and board the train in Williams. Enjoy the scenic ride through the Grand Canyon National park to the Grand Canyon village. Be entertained with a thrilling Wild West shootout along the way. Select a comfortable seat in first-class with large windows, snacks, and beverages, or pick a tour with coach tickets. Select a tour with the lunch option and sit down to a hot buffet meal in Maswik Lodge. Once you arrive at Grand Canyon Village hop aboard a bus that will take you to the most popular viewpoints along the South Rim of the Canyon. Get your camera ready for some incredible vistas. Listen to facinating commentary from your guide along the way. Spend some time walking around the historic Grand Canyon Village where you can visit historic hotels and shops or purchase something to eat. Return to Williams on the train at the end of the your tour.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend

3. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend

Get away from the bright lights of Las Vegas, and journey into the great American Southwest. First, stop at Antelope Canyon and enjoy its colorful, intricate rock walls and formations, rainbow colors, and patterns. You'll explore the canyon with an experienced Navajo guide. Next, take in spectacular views at the Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River. After hiking 1.2 km on a sandy trail, take your time to admire the breathtaking views. Finally, stop at the world-famous Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history.

Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

4. Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Take a journey through the breathtaking South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park with a guided tour. Walk the pine-forest trails and take in views at the major lookouts, including Yavapai Point. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before walking the Rim Trail in the afternoon. Arrive at the visitor center and begin walking along the Rim Trail with your guide. Within just a few minutes, notice the pine-forest ledges line the path and arrive at Yavapai Point. From here, take a moment to get a real sense of the depth of the canyon and examine the rock layers up close. Learn of the geographic phenomena that formed this natural wonder that now stands 277 miles long and 8 miles wide. Take out your binoculars and try and pick out distant sights of the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch, and the mules on Bright Angel Trail. After taking the time to truly gaze at the sight of the canyon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Browse the shops if you're in the mood and get ready to explore the eastern Grand Canyon in the afternoon. Stroll the level Rim Trail and focus in on the diverse plant life of the area. See if you can spot any wildlife or bird species as you wander. The park is home to deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and the most endangered bird in the world, the California Condor. Begin the return back to the hotel along the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Make a few stops at lookouts to take in the last moments of the view and capture final photos.

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.    

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

6. 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.

Grand Canyon: IMAX Hidden Secrets Movie Experience

7. Grand Canyon: IMAX Hidden Secrets Movie Experience

Explore beyond the rim of this great natural World Wonder on a little–known experience. See more without sacrificing your time, as you sit back and enjoy the Grand Canyon Hidden Secrets IMAX film. Head out on awe inspiring hikes, amazing river rafting, and soar over the Canyon from the comfort of your seat. Experience this life–size film through the awesome power of IMAX Technology, broadcasted on a screen over 6 stories high with 10,000 watts of surround sound. Stop at the Grand Canyon South Rim in the National Geographic Visitors Center for your IMAX experience, the perfect first stop on your way to the Rim. 

From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Scottsdale: Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona with Lunch

10. 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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What people are saying about Grand Canyon South Rim

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 748 reviews

Best tour ever! Our Guide (Mr. Andy) is a professor at NAU and so we’ll versed and knowledgeable it was as if we were in a class. He took his time and explained everything about the area and the history. We got to go to areas off the beaten path that anyone could go too but if you don’t know about it you would miss it. Also, he knew where to go where it wasn’t so crowded so we go great views with few people in the way. Mr. Andy is very polite and always willing to take pictures for us. This trip made our vacation complete and something we will talk about for a long time.

Keaton, our guide, was AMAZING! The tour started early from Flagstaff and we stopped at 6 or 7 different views of the canyon. Keaton knew everything about the local geography, geology, plants and animals and a ton of history of the area. Our 5 and 8 year old kids had fun all day and that is saying a lot because we got home about 9 hours after being picked up. Lunch stop was easy and plenty of gift shop stops on the way. Highly and happily recommend this tour!

This tour is worth every dollar! It is incredible that in one day they take us to these spectacular places. Our guide very energetic and very friendly as well as our driver. I like that for such a long trip they make stops so that we can go to the bathroom and/or buy food/snacks and for a trip of so many hours this is precious! 1000% recommended

Ride was smooth and pilot was friendly and knowledgeable. Views were breathtaking.

Great train trip. Enjoyed getting away from Grand Canyon Village on the bus tour.