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Yavapai Museum of Geology, Grand Canyon Village

Yavapai Museum of Geology, Grand Canyon Village: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

3. Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

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! This 60+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Grand Canyon and Sedona in 2-3 hours Discover the staggering views of the Grand Canyon and Sedona's impressive buttes as you drive yourself through both sites with the assistance of an audioguide. Download the smartphone app to begin your self-guided tour and make as many stops as you wish to. Your Grand Canyon tour begins by the park’s south entrance, where you'll hear about the early history of this stunning place. Enjoy stops at Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and the Yavapai Geology Museum, full of insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology. Visit Grand Canyon Village for some snacks and souvenirs, then walk along the South Rim Trail, the park’s most popular path. Dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House and board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle to see Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss, before arriving at Hermit’s Rest. Enjoy some more great views, including the impressive Desert View Watchtower, before your visit is over. Move on to Sedona to begin your tour at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center. Turn onto the famous Red Rock Scenic Byway and get acquainted with the spiritual history of this town. Enter the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village then drive over to the towering Chapel of the Holy Cross to find the trail for Cathedral Rock, Sedona’s most famous formation. Reach the Courthouse Vista with spectacular views, then arrive in the Village of Oak Creek, full of more shops and restaurants.

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

4. 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.

Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided GPS Audio Tour

5. Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided GPS Audio Tour

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your gateway to the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through one of the world's most awe-inspiring natural wonders. As you explore the Grand Canyon South Rim with the Shaka Guide app, prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking vistas that unfold before your eyes. This iconic section of the Grand Canyon offers expansive panoramas, towering cliffs, and an incredible display of layered rock formations, showcasing millions of years of geological history. The app will guide you along the scenic South Rim Drive, providing informative and engaging audio commentary as you venture from viewpoint to viewpoint. Listen to fascinating stories and historical context that unravel the mysteries of this natural masterpiece, while gaining a deeper appreciation for the canyon's immensity and beauty. Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim as you walk along the Rim Trail, a scenic path that stretches for miles and offers unobstructed views of the canyon. The app will point out notable landmarks, such as Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and Hermit's Rest, where you can marvel at the sheer magnitude of the canyon and its dramatic colors. For a more immersive experience, embark on one of the hiking trails that lead into the canyon. Whether you choose the popular Bright Angel Trail or the less crowded South Kaibab Trail, the app will provide valuable information about trail options, difficulty levels, and safety tips, ensuring a safe and memorable adventure. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the area as the app introduces you to the Native American tribes that have long revered the Grand Canyon as a sacred place. Learn about early explorers and the conservation efforts that led to the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park, a testament to the enduring legacy of this natural wonder. Things you'll experience on the tour: • Take in the awe-inspiring vistas of the Grand Canyon from various viewpoints along the South Rim. • Explore the Rim Trail, a scenic path that follows the edge of the canyon. • Explore the historic Grand Canyon Village, the heart of the South Rim experience. • Drive along the Desert View Drive, a 25-mile (40 km) route that runs eastward from Grand Canyon Village. • Visit the historic Kolb Studio, perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon. • Take a gander at the first luxury hotel built on the South Rim. • A Kaibab limestone formation that has, according to some, eroded into the shape of a duck. With the Shaka Guide app as your knowledgeable companion, your visit to the Grand Canyon South Rim will be enriched by fascinating facts, geological insights, and engaging stories. So, grab your phone, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Grand Canyon South Rim. -Grandview Point

Perfect Grand Canyon Tour: Local Guides & Skip The Lines

6. 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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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

Claudiu was fantastic Really took good care of the group Even dropped off people to another hotel so they could get to a show on time This particular tour is best of all worlds Packs in full agenda but still got time to enjoy Just do it - you’ll love it

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