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Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided Tour

1. Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 45-mile-long tour covers the essentials of Grand Canyon in 2-3 hours. This self-guided driving tour takes you to all the best vistas, hikes, and attractions along Grand Canyon’s South Rim and tells you the secret history behind this famous landscape. Walk the scenic South Rim Trail, catch a sunset at Mather Point, and much more. Welcome to Grand Canyon National Park. The tour of this natural wonder of the world begins just outside the park, near the welcome sign. Before arrival, download the app that will function as your guide, narrator, and map all in one. Then, proceed into the park and start with hearing the early history of this location. Your first stop will be at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you’ll find Mather Point, your first good look at the canyon. From there, proceed to Yavapai Point and the Yavapai Geology Museum, where you’ll get insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology and how these layers of rock help us see back in time millions of years. Next, head to Grand Canyon Village to optionally purchase snacks and souvenirs. Then, walk along the South Rim Trail. There’s a reason this trail is the most popular spot in the park: the views it offers are unbeatable. As you walk, dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House, the enigmatic architect who built it, and the heated feud between galleries along the rim. The next part of the tour takes place aboard the free Grand Canyon Shuttle. Get directions to the shuttle, then head down Hermit Road, which isn’t accessible to cars. Along the way, stop at some incredible vistas including Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss. Arrive at Hermit’s Rest, which features a hiking trail for the avid adventurer, then head back to explore the eastern half of the park. More great views await you at Pipe Creek Vista and the aptly named Grandview Point, which also features a lush hike below the canyon’s rim. Continue toward Moran Point and get acquainted with the Hopi and their traditions, as well as the Ancient Puebloans who preceded them. Finally, you’ll arrive at the impressive, medieval-looking Desert View Watchtower, offering more spectacular views and snacks to purchase. The tour concludes here, having taken you through the entire park.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon National Park, Hoover Dam, Route 66

2. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon National Park, Hoover Dam, Route 66

Discover the Hoover Dam, Route 66, and Grand Canyon National Park in just one day on a guided full-day trip from Las Vegas. Enjoy pickup and drop-off, and travel in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle. Keep your energy up with an included lunch, snacks, and drinks. Start the day with complimentary pickup, then drive to the first stop at Hoover Dam. There,l walk on top of the dam to take pictures and learn about the unique architecture and history of the place. Next, drive through the Mojave Desert and admire the famous Joshua trees until you reach your next destination, the historic Route 66 — also called the mother road — that unites the eastern and western coasts of the United States. Here, admire a varied collection of vintage cars at the Route 66 Motoporium, walk through history, and take some pictures. Make your next stop for an included lunch, where you can order customized food. After lunch, continue your journey to the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy the views from the South Rim, then explore inside the canyon on a light hike on the trail of time. During your explorations, visit Yavapai Point, Yavapai Geology Museum, Verkamp Visitor Center, Bright Angel, Mather Point, and Desert View. Afterward, you'll return to Las Vegas to your original starting point.

Grand Canyon: IMAX Movie Experience with Optional Lunch

3. Grand Canyon: IMAX Movie Experience with Optional Lunch

Giant screen theater with new IMAX laser digital projection system and precision sound system. Now showing Grand Canyon Rivers of Time which takes the viewer on a journey through time at one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. From Native American mythology and geologic explanations, we explore the origins of this great canyon. The human history of the Canyon comes alive through dramatic recreations, starting with the first inhabitants, the Ancient Puebloans whose civilization mysteriously disappeared. Travel through time to experience the “discovery” of the Canyon by Spanish conquistadors, frontiersmen, and John Wesley Powell as he and his men plunge down the never-before conquered whitewater rapids of the Colorado River. Nostalgic photos of visitors from as early as the 1890’s, the animals of the region, and soaring flights above the Canyon round out this deep dive beyond the rim of this world wonder Choose to include a boxed lunch to enjoy before, during, or after the movie. Lunch includes a choice of sandwich (honey ham, turkey, veggie), chips, apple, cheese, a cookie, and water. Stop at the Grand Canyon Visitors Center (In Tusayan) for your IMAX experience, the perfect first stop on your way to the Rim. 

Grand Canyon: Sunset Tour from Biblical Creation Perspective

4. Grand Canyon: Sunset Tour from Biblical Creation Perspective

Experience the Grand Canyon from a biblical creation perspective. Meeting inside the park at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center flag pole about four hours before the sun sets, the Sunset Rim Tour visits the very best locations of the South Rim’s east side. Along Desert View Drive, you will ride comfortably in our tour vehicle to each amazing overlook and vista. Once we arrive at each spot on the tour, we will hop off the vehicle for incredible views, exploration, and exciting teaching tied into everything we’re seeing. During the tour, your guide will spend time sharing about the geology, plants, animals, and people history of the canyon—and of course, the biblical message of Creation and the Flood as recorded in the book of Genesis. Near the end of the tour, we will stop at a favorite location to watch the setting sun as it disappears far to the west. Close out the day with the One who made it, on a Grand Canyon Sunset Rim Tour. Additional daily tours, backpacking, and Colorado River trips found on our Canyon Ministries website.

Grand Canyon's Splendor: Your Self-Guided South Rim Tour

5. Grand Canyon's Splendor: Your Self-Guided South Rim Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 45 miles-long tour covers the essentials of Yellowstone National Park in 2-3 hours. This self-guided driving tour takes you to all the best vistas, hikes, and attractions along Grand Canyon’s South Rim and tells you the secret history behind this famous landscape. Walk the scenic South Rim Trail, catch a sunset at Mather Point, and much more. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Welcome to Grand Canyon National Park. The tour of this natural wonder of the world begins just outside the park, near the welcome sign. Before arrival, download the app that will function as your guide, narrator, and map all in one. Then, proceed into the park and start with hearing the early history of this location. Your first stop will be at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you’ll find Mather Point, your first good look at the canyon. From there, proceed to Yavapai Point and the Yavapai Geology Museum, where you’ll get insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology and how these layers of rock help us see back in time millions of years. Next, head to Grand Canyon Village to optionally purchase snacks and souvenirs. Then, walk along the South Rim Trail. There’s a reason this trail is the most popular spot in the park: the views it offers are unbeatable. As you walk, dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House, the enigmatic architect who built it, and the heated feud between galleries along the rim. The next part of the tour takes place aboard the free Grand Canyon Shuttle. Get directions to the shuttle, then head down Hermit Road, which isn’t accessible to cars. Along the way, stop at some incredible vistas including Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss. Arrive at Hermit’s Rest, which features a hiking trail for the avid adventurer, then head back to explore the eastern half of the park. More great views await you at Pipe Creek Vista and the aptly named Grandview Point, which also features a lush hike below the canyon’s rim. Continue toward Moran Point and get acquainted with the Hopi and their traditions, as well as the Ancient Puebloans who preceded them. Finally, you’ll arrive at the impressive, medieval-looking Desert View Watchtower, offering more spectacular views and snacks to purchase. The tour concludes here, having taken you through the entire park.

The Grand Canyon South Rim: In-App Audio Tour (ENG)

6. The Grand Canyon South Rim: In-App Audio Tour (ENG)

Embark on an extraordinary self-driving audio tour that unveils the breathtaking wonders of the Grand Canyon, an awe-inspiring natural marvel sculpted meticulously by the Colorado River's gradual erosion spanning countless millennia. Commence your expedition at the Visitor Center, a hub of knowledge where you delve into the formation and evolution of the canyon's geological magnificence, a captivating story spanning millions of years. Journey through time as you explore the remnants of ancient Native American civilizations that thrived within the Grand Canyon for millennia. Immerse yourself in the vibrant and distinctive culture of the Hopi people at the meticulously recreated Hopi House. Envision the past as you encounter the remains of one of the earliest campsites and witness the rustic charm of the historic El Tovar Hotel. Marvel at the timeless beauty of Bright Angel Lodge, boasting a fireplace constructed from rocks representing every epoch in the canyon's rich history. Immerse yourself further in the allure of the Grand Canyon at the renowned Kolb Studio, an exhibition blending art and photography, perched on the rim's edge. Discover intriguing tales as you reach Maricopa Point, where you learn of a prospector who might have amassed immeasurable wealth, yet fate intervened. Behold the significance of Powell Point, the site where the declaration establishing the Grand Canyon as a National Park transpired. And from Hopi Point, marvel at the majestic hills bearing the names of Egyptian gods. Concluding your remarkable journey, visit the picturesque Hermit's Rest, a scenic oasis before returning to Grand Canyon Village. Please note that a section of Hermit Road beyond Kolb Studio is closed to vehicles from March through the end of November, except for the complimentary shuttle buses. Admission to Grand Canyon National Park is 35 USD/ vehicle (payable on-site). Credit/debit cards only. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: join the tour whenever you want and explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

Perfect Grand Canyon Tour: Local Guides & Skip The Lines

7. Perfect Grand Canyon Tour: Local Guides & Skip The Lines

We stop, in Flagstaff, at Kickstand Kafe to stretch your legs, use the restroom, and grab a to-go lunch which will later be enjoyed while overlooking The Grand Canyon. From Sedona via Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive (Rte. 89A) is a 24-mile drive between Flagstaff and Sedona. The breathtaking road descends 4,500 feet from the top of the Mogollon Rim, winding through sandstone canyons and rock formations around every curve. 15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free Grand Canyon National Park (Pass By) We drive the 90 minutes from Flagstaffs Kickstand Cafe to the Grand Canyon. Natural wonder is unlike anything on earth. 2 Hopi House Modeled after the 1000 year old pueblo dwellings of the Hopi Village in Old Orabi. Hopi House was built by the Fred Harvey Company as a market for Native American crafts, made by artisans on the site. Bright Angel Lodge, Hermit’s Rest, Lookout Studio, Phantom Ranch, Desert View Watchtower, Colter Hall and Victor Hall, (the latter two being employee dormitories). At first glance, Kolb Studio appears to be just an old house perched on the rim of the canyon. However, if you step inside, or see it from Bright Angel Trail on your hike out of the canyon, you get the sense it is much more than that. This is the Victorian home of the Kolb Brothers who created a lasting legacy of adventure, exploration, family love, and amazing Grand jaw dropping view! For many visitors coming to the South Rim, Mather Point offers the first glimpse of a world wonder. A short walk from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and parking lots 1-4, Mather Point offers an expansive view of the canyon. On a clear day you can see 30+ miles (48 km) to the east and 60+ miles (96 km) to the west. Looking down into the canyon you can see a few small samples of the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon, and numerous trails crisscrossing the landscape. Constructed in 1932, the Desert View Watchtower was designed by Mary Colter, who is often referred to as “The Architect of the Southwest.” Near the eastern edge of Grand Canyon National Park, where the Colorado River begins to turn north and the Painted Desert stretches toward the Navajo and Hopi Reservations, a 70-foot-tall circular stone structure perched on the South Rim draws visitors’ attention. Panoramic view point along the South Rim with exceptional views of canyon ridges & the Colorado River. Perched right on the very edge of the canyon rim at Yavapai Point, Yavapai Geology Museum offers one of the best vantage points for an overview of Grand Canyon geology Moran Point is a popular spot on the south rim for gazing into the canyon. A great place for group photos! Along with Desert View, Grandview and Yaki, Moran is one of the most visited points on the east rim drive, and offers far reaching views along a wide section of the Grand Canyon. Now it's your chance to relax for the 2h 20min trip back to Sedona.

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What people are saying about Grand Canyon Visitor Center

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4.6 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Very nice excursion. Claudiu, our guide, is very respectful. During the long journey, if you want to sleep, he lets you sleep, if you want to chat he has lots of relevant information to give you! He is outgoing and very pleasant. (bonus tip for Vegas) Vegas -> Grand-Canyon: It's far, but it goes by quickly! You will have time to observe the changing landscapes, observe the rural life of this desert area, take a little sleep just to be in shape for your destination! Small, brief, but strategic stops on the road. A little breath of fresh air at the Hoover Dam. Small gas breaks and paid meal at Subway, totally OK for the day. Plus there are snacks and water in the car. We didn't miss anything! We are dropped off on a beautiful path that runs along the grand canyon with all the usual explanations. Without forgetting another little break at the legendary village of Route 66 which inspired the Disney film “Cars”. Very happy!

We had an incredible day at the Grand Canyon and were beyond glad that we used the self-tour. The information was spot on and it was nice to have the stories and history told along the way. We were able to do things at our own pace vs getting in and off tour buses. We even stopped for a picnic and after checking out all the viewpoints, returned to our favorite spot for the sunset. We enjoyed the freedom of our own schedule (and our own car) while still getting all the benefits and inside info of a tour. We used this same app when we toured Kauai and loved using it there. It’s our new go-to when we visit new places.

We wished we could have spent a little longer in Seligman...it's a very minor complaint though and didn't detract from our trip. The people carrier was incredible...we were expecting a minibus so to share the carrier with only 2 other people was a nice surprise. the vehicle was very comfortable too...it made the day a little more personal. Our guide was a gem too...a very nice guy very knowledgeable. I'd highly recommended this trip

Great, God honoring tour of the Grand Canyon. Our guide, Katrina, was wonderful and knowledgeable.

We did a self guided tour and this provided everything we needed so we didnt miss anything!