Grand Canyon

The enormity of this iconic natural wonder needs to seen to be believed!

The grand canyon

Journey into nature’s breathtaking masterpiece ...
This aptly named natural wonder of the world is so massive and awe-inspiring that you simply must see it with your own eyes to truly understand its scale.

It features four distinct rims, each offering a unique perspective on this geological wonder. The South Rim, the most visited and the most accessible, provides panoramic vistas of the canyon's expansive depths and diverse rock layers. Contrasting with the bustling South Rim, the North Rim offers a more secluded experience, characterised by lush forests and a cooler climate. The West Rim, home to the Hualapai Tribe, features the famous Skywalk, a glass-bottomed bridge extending over the canyon, offering daring visitors a thrilling perspective. Lastly, the less-visited East Rim provides a quieter alternative, with opportunities for solitude and reflection. Together, these rims showcase the Grand Canyon's multifaceted beauty, captivating visitors with their individual charms and collectively contributing to the canyon's status as one of the world's most iconic natural wonders.

Shaped by the Colorado River’s relentless erosion of rock and soil over millions of years, visitors can admire it from above or choose to hike along the top of the canyon cliff, in the ravine, or take an exciting rafting adventure in the river below.

Depending what time of year you are travelling, where you are staying and how you plan to explore the Grand Canyon there are distinct experiences available at each of the rims. Check out our featured packages or contact Travel USA to start planning your adventure.

Grand Canyon Early Morning hike with stunning views of close up rock formations

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in the Grand Canyon. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
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Enjoy scenic views

Grand Canyon

Throughout the Grand Canyon, numerous viewing platforms offer spectacular vantage points to admire its vast beauty. Whether on the South Rim, North Rim, or West Rim, visitors can find strategically placed platforms that provide breathtaking panoramas of the canyon's majestic landscapes. From popular spots like Mather Point and Hopi Point to more secluded overlooks, each platform offers a unique perspective, allowing visitors to marvel at the canyon's intricate rock formations, vibrant colors, and expansive vistas.

Skywalk Platform

West Rim, Grand Canyon

Experience the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon from a thrilling perspective at the Skywalk on the West Rim. This horseshoe-shaped glass bridge extends 70 feet beyond the canyon's edge, providing an exhilarating view 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. Visitors can walk over the transparent floor for a heart-pounding experience of the canyon's vastness and depth. The Skywalk also offers interpretive exhibits, showcasing the geological and cultural significance of this iconic natural wonder, creating an unforgettable adventure.

Phantom Ranch on a Mule

South Rim, Grand Canyon

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure by riding a mule to Phantom Ranch, nestled at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. This iconic journey begins at the South Rim, winding down the narrow and picturesque Bright Angel Trail. Led by experienced wranglers, riders traverse steep switchbacks and rugged terrain, marveling at the canyon's towering walls and ancient rock formations. Arriving at Phantom Ranch, guests enjoy rustic accommodations and a chance to explore the canyon floor before ascending back to the rim. Talk to Travel USA for more details.

Grand Canyon Village

South Rim, Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Village, located on the South Rim, is the main hub for visitors, offering historic lodges, museums, and the Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Key attractions include the El Tovar Hotel, Hopi House, and the Bright Angel Trailhead. The village provides essential services like restaurants, shops, and visitor centers, serving as a convenient base for exploring the canyon. Its rich history and proximity to stunning viewpoints make it an essential stop for any Grand Canyon trip.

Star Gazing at Mather Point

South Rim, Grand Canyon

Experiencing the Grand Canyon at sunset and staying to stargaze is truly enchanting. As the sun sets, viewpoints like Mather Point and Yavapai Point glow with vibrant colours, transforming the canyon. After dusk, the dark skies reveal a stunning blanket of stars, thanks to minimal light pollution. Visitors can witness celestial wonders, often highlighted by ranger-led astronomy programs, making the Grand Canyon a perfect destination for both sunset admirers and star enthusiasts.

Scenic Locater

South Rim, Grand Canyon

The Scenic Locater in the Grand Canyon, particularly at the Yavapai Geology Museum, provides visitors with detailed information about key viewpoints and geological features. Interactive exhibits and large windows offer stunning vistas of the canyon. The locater helps visitors identify significant formations and understand the geological processes that shaped the canyon. This informative stop enhances the Grand Canyon experience, making it easier to appreciate the natural wonders and breathtaking scenery.

North Rim Grand Canyon

North Rim, Grand Canyon

Less visited and more secluded than the South Rim, offers a serene and lush experience with cooler temperatures and dense forests. Notable viewpoints like Bright Angel Point provide stunning vistas of the canyon’s depth and grandeur. Open from mid-May to mid-October, the North Rim features rustic lodges, scenic hiking trails, and abundant wildlife, making it ideal for those seeking a peaceful and intimate encounter with the canyon's natural beauty.

Grand Canyon Waterfall

Havasupai Lands, Grand Canyon

While the Grand Canyon is renowned for its breathtaking vistas and geological wonders, it's not typically associated with waterfalls. However, Havasu Falls, located within Havasupai Tribal lands deep within the canyon, is a remarkable exception. Accessible via a challenging hike or helicopter ride, Havasu Falls cascades over vivid red rocks into turquoise pools below, creating a stunning oasis in the desert landscape. Its beauty and allure make it a must-see destination for adventurous travellers exploring the Grand Canyon.

Lowell Observatory

Flagstaff, Arizona

A renowned astronomical research centre and historic landmark. Founded in 1894, it offers visitors a chance to explore interactive exhibits, participate in stargazing programs, and view celestial objects through powerful telescopes. Highlights include the Pluto Discovery Telescope, used to discover Pluto in 1930, and the state-of-the-art Giovale Open Deck Observatory. Set in a picturesque location, it provides an inspiring experience for astronomy enthusiasts and curious minds alike.

Lookout Studio

South Rim, Grand Canyon

The Lookout in the Grand Canyon, specifically the Lookout Studio, is a historic stone building perched on the South Rim. Designed by Mary Colter in 1914, it blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings. The studio offers breathtaking panoramic views of the canyon, with telescopes available for enhanced viewing. Inside, visitors can explore exhibits, purchase souvenirs, and learn about the canyon’s geology and history, making it a must-visit spot for stunning vistas and educational insight.

Wildlife Spotting

Grand Canyon

Wildlife spotting in the Grand Canyon offers a chance to see diverse species in their natural habitats. Visitors can observe majestic California condors soaring above, elk grazing in the meadows, and bighorn sheep navigating rocky cliffs. The park is also home to mule deer, coyotes, and a variety of reptiles and birds. Early mornings and late evenings are the best times for wildlife sightings, making for an exciting and enriching experience amidst the canyon’s stunning landscapes.

Whitewater Rafting

West Rim, Grand Canyon

White water rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon offers an exhilarating adventure amidst stunning natural beauty. Rafters navigate thrilling rapids and calm stretches, witnessing towering canyon walls and hidden waterfalls. Multi-day trips provide opportunities for camping under star-filled skies and exploring side canyons and ancient geological formations. Guided by expert outfitters, this unforgettable experience combines adrenaline-pumping action with the serene majesty of one of the world's most iconic landscapes.

West Rim Grand Canyon

West Rim, Grand Canyon

The West Rim of the Grand Canyon, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, offers unique attractions such as the Skywalk, a glass bridge extending 70 feet over the canyon's edge for breathtaking views. Located closer to Las Vegas, it features stunning vistas at Eagle Point and Guano Point. The West Rim also provides cultural experiences, showcasing Hualapai heritage through performances and exhibits. It's a more accessible option for visitors seeking dramatic views and thrilling experiences.

Grand Canyon Bike Riding

South Rim, Grand Canyon

Bike riding in the Grand Canyon offers a unique way to explore its stunning landscapes, particularly along the scenic Hermit Road and Greenway Trail on the South Rim. Guided biking tours provide a safe and informative experience, allowing riders to enjoy panoramic views, frequent stops at breathtaking viewpoints, and insights into the canyon’s natural and cultural history. Suitable for various skill levels, biking is an adventurous and eco-friendly way to experience this iconic national park.

Desert View Watchtower

Grand Canyon Village - Route 64

Drive the 40-kilometre scenic route along the Grand Canyon's South Rim, to experience breathtaking viewpoints and historic sites. Starting at Grand Canyon Village, the drive includes stops like Pipe Creek Vista, Moran Point, and Lipan Point, each providing stunning canyon views. Other highlights include Navajo Point, the highest South Rim viewpoint, and the historic Desert View Watchtower.

Helicopter Tour

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Experiencing the Grand Canyon by helicopter is a breathtaking and popular way to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of this natural wonder. Helicopter tours provide a unique perspective and allow you to see the vastness and intricacies of the Grand Canyon's landscapes. Several helicopter tour companies operate departing from various locations, including the Grand Canyon National Park and Las Vegas. Talk to Travel USA for more details.

Sunrise at Mather Point

South Rim, Grand Canyon

Experiencing sunrise at Mather Point in the Grand Canyon is a breathtaking spectacle. As the first light of day illuminates the canyon, the vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold paint the sky and the rock formations. Located on the South Rim, Mather Point offers a panoramic view that is perfect for capturing the serene beauty of the canyon at dawn. Arriving early ensures a prime spot for this awe-inspiring and peaceful moment.

South Rim Grand Canyon

South Rim, Grand Canyon

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the most popular and accessible area, offers breathtaking vistas, iconic viewpoints like Mather Point and Yavapai Point, and well-maintained hiking trails such as the Bright Angel Trail. Open year-round, it features visitor centres, historic lodges, and the Grand Canyon Village with shops and museums. The South Rim provides comprehensive amenities and services, making it ideal for first-time visitors and those seeking a full Grand Canyon experience.

Visit Flagstaff

Flagstaff, Arizona

Embracing its Route 66 heritage, Flagstaff's historic downtown exudes charm with shops and eateries. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Grand Canyon’ it is the closest town to the South Rim, located just over 125 km away, making it an ideal base for exploration of the region, providing convenient easy access to the most visited and accessible rim of the canyon.

Accent Climbing

West Rim, Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Accent Climbing offers an exhilarating experience for adventure enthusiasts, allowing climbers to scale the canyon's rugged cliffs and rock formations. Located primarily in the Grand Canyon's western region, popular climbing spots include the towering walls of Granite Gorge and the picturesque Redwall Limestone cliffs. Guided climbing tours are available, ensuring safety and providing expert knowledge on the area's geology and history, making it a thrilling and educational adventure.

Kayaking Colorado River

Grand Canyon

Kayaking the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon offers an exhilarating and immersive adventure amid stunning natural beauty. Paddlers navigate through thrilling rapids, tranquil stretches, and towering canyon walls, experiencing the canyon's majesty from a unique perspective. Multi-day kayak trips allow for exploration of hidden side canyons, ancient petroglyphs, and riverside campsites beneath star-filled skies. It's a challenging yet rewarding journey, providing an intimate connection with one of the world's most iconic landscapes.

Hike the Bright Angel Trail

South Rim, Grand Canyon

Hiking the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon offers an unforgettable adventure, descending from the South Rim to the Colorado River. This well-maintained trail provides stunning vistas, diverse landscapes, and rest stops like Indian Garden. It’s a challenging trek with steep switchbacks, but the journey rewards hikers with breathtaking scenery and a sense of accomplishment. Ideal for well-prepared hikers, the trail showcases the canyon’s depth and beauty up close.

Grand Canyon Train

South Rim, Grand Canyon

Riding the Grand Canyon Railway offers a nostalgic and scenic journey from Williams, Arizona, to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This historic train ride features vintage cars, lively onboard entertainment, and panoramic views of the northern Arizona countryside. The trip culminates at Grand Canyon Village, providing easy access to the park’s main attractions. It's a memorable way to travel, combining classic railroad charm with the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon.

Stay in an iconic lodge

El Tovar Hotel, South Rim

Perched on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, this historic landmark was built back in 1905. This elegant hotel combines rustic charm with luxury, featuring stone and timber architecture. It offers stunning canyon views, fine dining, and comfortable accommodations. Renowned for its unique ambiance and prime location, El Tovar continues to be a popular choice for visitors seeking an unforgettable Grand Canyon experience. Talk to Travel USA for more details.

Grand Canyon Mule walking on the path at the canyon

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