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Yavapai Point, Grand Canyon National Park

Yavapai Point, Grand Canyon National Park

Yavapai Point, Grand Canyon National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Vegas: Grand Canyon & Lower Antelope Canyon 2-Day Tour

1. From Vegas: Grand Canyon & Lower Antelope Canyon 2-Day Tour

Encounter the Hoover Dam and get your kicks on Route 66 on this overnight trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. See Horseshoe Bend, hike through slot canyons at Antelope Canyon with a Navajo guide, as you immerse yourself in Arizona's unforgettable natural landscape. Day 1 Your day starts early with a smooth pickup from your Las Vegas area hotel. Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast as you are driven to the Hoover Dam. Here, you can enjoy stunning vistas as you learn about the vital role it plays in sustaining the residents of Las Vegas. It is then a 2-hour drive through the breathtaking Arizona desert on your way to Historic Route 66. Enjoy 3 stops at Route 66, including a stop for lunch in Williams, Arizona. After lunch, you will travel to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where you will be treated to 3 of the best views at Yavapai Point, Grandview Point, and Lipan point. During the winter, early spring, and fall, catch a spellbinding sunset over the Grand Canyon during the 2-hour drive to your high-quality 3-star hotel for the night.  Day 2 Begin your day with a pickup from your Arizona hotel. After you are fueled and ready to go, you will make the short drive to one of the area's natural gems: Horseshoe Bend. Hike the 2-kilometer round trip to the overlook and peer down a 1,000 foot rock wall to the breathtaking Colorado River. After your hike, you will be driven to the vibrant Lower Antelope Canyon to join a local Navajo tour guide as they lead you through the colorful slot canyons. Your tour guide will point out different rock formations and ensure you get amazing pictures as keepsakes of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Try one of the local restaurants for lunch, then take a well-deserved nap in the comfy tour van on the 4.5-hour drive back to Las Vegas. End your unforgettable trip with an easy drop-off at your Las Vegas hotel around 7 PM.

Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided Tour

2. 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.

Grand Canyon: Off-Road Sunset Safari with Skip-the-Gate Tour

3. Grand Canyon: Off-Road Sunset Safari with Skip-the-Gate Tour

Enjoy a tour of the Grand Canyon National Park with skip-the-gate tickets. Witness breathtaking sunset views, venture down forest paths on a 4x4, and travel to the Canyon's edge with your experienced guide. Start your tour hassle-free with skip-the-gate admission that allows you to bypass the usual long lines. With your guide and driver, venture off-road down historic stagecoach trails through the Kaibab Forest in search of elk, deer, and turkey en route to the Canyon’s edge. Once you arrive, witness one of the world’s most magnificent vistas – sunset at the Grand Canyon. Follow your local guide as they lead you to viewpoints along the Canyon’s edge while describing geologic formations, inner canyon trails, and the Colorado River. Your tour will culminate in the best spot to catch the sunset from the spectacular Grandview Point where the fading sunlight turns the Canyon into a kaleidoscope of colors.

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

4. 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: Morning Off-Road Safari with Skip the Gate

5. Grand Canyon: Morning Off-Road Safari with Skip the Gate

Enjoy a hassle-free trip to one of the 7 wonders of the world with skip-the-gate tickets and a morning tour with an experienced guide. See sights like Yavapai Point, Yavapai Point Museum, the Grand Canyon, and travel through the Kaibab National Forest on a 4x4. Explore the Kaibab National Forest on board an exciting 4x4 vehicle and look for all types of wildlife like elk, deer, bobcats, turkeys, and hawks before strolling along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Take a 90 minute guided stroll along the rim of the Grand Canyon (broken into two separate segments) and learn about the fascinating history, geology, and local folklore of the region from your experienced guide. Enter the historic Grand Canyon Village and be ready for a walking tour. Visit the El Tovar Hotel, Lookout and Kolb Studios, Buckey O’Neill’s Cabin, Hopi House, and Bright Angel Lodge. Head to Yavapai Point and the Yavapai Point Museum before boarding your 4x4 and returning to the starting point.

Tusayan: Grand Canyon Desert View & South Rim Pink Jeep Tour

6. Tusayan: Grand Canyon Desert View & South Rim Pink Jeep Tour

Visit the South Rim Grand Canyon National Park and travel the entire length of Desert View Drive, approximately 23 miles. Take in breathtaking canyon views and the best viewpoints. Our local, certified adventure guides will share hidden gems and first-hand knowledge of this natural world wonder. You'll make several stops along the South Rim where the scenery changes with the weather and time of day, ensuring that you never see the same view twice. Learn about plants, animals, geology and how the canyon was formed while traveling to Yavapai Point. Your guide will bring the history of the Grand Canyon to life with tales of its native peoples, adventurous explorers and early tourists. Be sure to capture photos of the Desert View Watchtower to the east and towering rock spires against the sky. Your Grand Canyon tour includes park admission fees and a ticket to the IMAX® Movie, "Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time." This newly released film shares captivating canyon history, complete with in-depth looks at the area’s indigenous tribes, early explorers and places that few have ever seen.

Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

7. 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 South Rim: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

8. Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

On the 1 - 1.5hr drive towards the Grand Canyon South Rim, listen to fascinating stories and a plan for exploring the Park. When you are finished sightseeing at the Canyon itself, the tour continues with commentary for the drive back to Cameron, Flagstaff and Williams. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Major Highlights: Grand Canyon Village Lipan Point Duck Rock Desert View Drive Grandview Point Route 66 Town Williams Desert View Watchtower Yavapai Point Little Colorado River Gorge Mather Point Chapel of the Holy Dove San Francisco Peaks Includes: Grand Canyon South Rim (From Williams, Flagstaff or Cameron) Hear a quick, interesting geology introduction, learn the achievements of a woman who shined in the male dominated field of architecture, discover some of the local wildlife, find out about the drama of some unscrupulous entrepreneurs, and be directed to you to where you can learn more about local Native American tribes. Once inside the park, you'll tour the best viewpoints of Mather and Yavapai on a loop around Grand Canyon Village. Then the drive extends along Desert View Drive, to the many recommended viewpoints including Grandview, Lipan, Duck Rock, culminating with a visit to Desert View Watchtower. Most of these viewpoints provide very easy and comfortable access to enjoy the changing colors as light and shadow play across crevices throughout the day.

Ultimate Arizona Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tours Bundle

9. Ultimate Arizona Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tours 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! Note: In this bundle, each tour is 30+ mile-long and takes 2-3 hours to complete. Take advantage of your time in Arizona to discover its 3 biggest natural and cultural attractions: the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Horseshoe Bend. Simply download the tour app and guide yourself through exciting driving and walking adventures using the audio narration and your phone's GPS. Once downloaded, your Grand Canyon tour begins near the park’s south welcome sign. Visit Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and the Geology Museum, before heading over to Grand Canyon Village for snacks and souvenirs. Walk along South Rim Trail and hear about the peculiar Hopi House. Board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle and stop at some incredible vistas, including Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss. More great views await you back east at Pipe Creek Vista and Grandview Point, as well as the impressive Desert View Watchtower. The tour concludes here. Your tour of Sedona begins at the Visitor Center. Drive the Red Rock Scenic Byway and learn about the spiritual history of this town. Explore the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Cathedral Rock, and the Courthouse Vista. End your tour in the Village of Oak Creek. Head on over to the trailhead for Horseshoe Bend to hear about the early days of the Colorado River and how the current formation was created. Arrive at Horseshoe Bend and admire the jaw-dropping views of the landmark. Take a guided driving tour through Page, the town where this site is located.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Yavapai Point, Grand Canyon National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 118 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 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

It was a nice trip! It’s a perfect arrangement to visit Grand Canyon in two days. There are enough food and drinks on the van, and the van is spacious enough, comfortable to take. Justin is an excellent guide, he loves his job and is an expert in it. He is even knowledgeable about the geography of the Grand Canyon.

The trip was amazing. Our guide David was super knowlegable and helpful. He was so friendly and fun! The hotel was really nice too.

Elaine was the best guide, she was helpful, fun and so informative Thank you