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The Best Things to Do in and around Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon National Park is a stunner, no matter how you experience it: From a helicopter, from the glass Skywalk, from a raft rushing down the Colorado River, along the Bright Angel Trail, or from one of the overlooks along the rim. This awe-inspiring landscape commands your attention, may summon tears or sudden urges for adventure, and will linger in your memory long after you've left. America the beautiful, indeed.
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Riding in the back of a 4x4 on a jeep tour or safari, you'll journey through Kaibab National Forest, with its tree-covered prairies and plateaus, and glimpse thousands of years of history and geology. Best of all, a Grand...
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Bright Angel Trail was turned over to the National Park Service in 1928, but its history in the Grand Canyon goes back thousands of years as a natural route navigated by the region’s American Indians to reach the inner canyon....
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Arizona, USA
This relatively short drive packs nine Grand Canyon overlooks into a seven-mile stretch along the South Rim to Hermits Rest. The road is open to private vehicles only during the winter months (December to February), but for the rest of the...
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Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
Bringing riders on a journey through the heart of the Grand Canyon since 1901, Grand Canyon Railway takes you from a starting point in Williams, Arizona, to the South Rim and back for a full-day excursion, complete with on-train...
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Supai, AZ 86435, USA
There’s a reason this is one of the most iconic spots along the Grand Canyon. Located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation and hidden deep within a 20-mile round-trip hike, Havasu Falls’ sparkling turquoise waters are a popular...
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Arizona, USA
There are a variety of helicopter tour options, and a complete experience depends on which route and company you choose. No matter what, it’s a thrilling ride. Helicopters in the Grand Canyon have permission to fly approximately 1,000...
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Shoshone Point, Arizona 86023, USA
One of the best-kept secrets along the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, Shoshone Point is an easy and level hike—less than 2.5 miles round-trip. Surrounded by towering pine, oak, and juniper trees, the leisurely trek gains approximately 200...
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1500 E Rte 66, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Spanning approximately 160 acres of ponderosa pines in the Kaibab National Forest, Bearizona Wildlife Park is a walking and drive-through park where you can view North American wildlife—including Rocky Mountain goats, American burros,...
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Page, AZ 86040, USA
I saw this place in so many photos before but when I got there and saw it in person it was such an overwhelming experience. Getting there is easy. You take the Interstate 89 South from Page and after 7 minutes you get to the parking lot. The road...
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Arizona, USA
This is a great option for a day hike in the Grand Canyon. South Kaibab Trail is a well-maintained (but steep!) stretch of dirt with very little shade and a trailhead that’s accessible only by shuttle bus. No private vehicles are allowed in...
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Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
Started by pioneer brothers Ellsworth and Emory Kolb, this artist’s studio along the South Rim is full of the duo’s engaging depictions of the Grand Canyon’s early tourism days—black-and-white photos of mule parties and...
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It's sometime after Day 12 on our 21 day private Grand Canyon rafting trip. Only one private permit per day allowed on the river, so this is special. While not my first trip down, I'm already lost in time and space. There really is nothing in the...
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25137 N Wupatki Ln, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, USA
Normally, I'm a "let's go out to a nice lunch with some good wine" sort of mother for celebrating Mother's Day. However, this year we drove about 30 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona and spent the day exploring this surreal (and HOT!) place....
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3404 Historic, E Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, USA
Step inside the massive, log-walled dance hall where Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings practiced their riffs and new country artists keep dancers swinging.
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15 N Leroux St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Going to or from the Grand Canyon, you're likely to pass through Flagstaff. Don't just stop here to fill up your gas tank; linger in its 19th-century downtown just off old Route 66, and you'll find farm-to-table restaurants, microbrews, and...
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Hard to definitely pinpoint on a map, the Wave is a gorgeous rock formation near the Arizona and Utah part of the Coyote Buttes, in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. Don't rush off there expecting to just show up and visit, as this...