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Best Views of the Grand Canyon

By Viator, August 2014

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The Grand Canyon in Arizona is full of spectacular scenic views. Picture dramatically layered pieces of colorful rock, striking red rock gorges, sandstone spires, redwall cliffs, jagged slopes and a landscape that makes you feel like it could swallow you whole. While you’ll find most of those iconic Grand Canyon postcard shots on the South Rim, there are certainly inspiring views in the other area’s of the park, as well. To help you take in the best views of the Grand Canyon, here are some suggestions. 

Your best view of the Grand Canyon will undoubtedly be when taking an air tour. Because of the Grand Canyon’s immense size -- 1,904 square miles (4,931 square kilometers) -- it’s impossible to take it all in from the ground. For a more encompassing view, opt for an a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon. There are many to choose from, depending on where your starting location is (typically the Grand Canyon National Park or Las Vegas). To see as many views as possible, opt for a tour that has multiple experiences in one, like a helicopter flight, Colorado River boat ride and ground excursion. By doing this, you’ll be able to see the Grand Canyon from a number of vantage points, each one different from the last. 

If you’re looking for just a helicopter tour, a 45-minute flight over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona is a smart option, as it allows you to fly over both the North and South Rims, as well as the inspiring natural landmarks like Painted Desert, Desert View Watchtower, Marble Canyon, Point Imperial and the Dragon Corridor, the widest and deepest section of the Grand Canyon.

You don’t have to fly to get aerial views over the canyon, as the Grand Canyon Skywalk allows you to step over the canyon edge via a translucent platform. The experience is not for the faint of heart, as it’s the world’s highest man-made structure by more than 2,300 feet (700 meters). And while it may make your stomach do some flips, it also provides stunning 720-degree views of the Colorado River, the canyon’s West Rim and the famous Eagle Point, a rock formation resembling an eagle in flight.

Hiking and camping in the Grand Canyon is another way to immerse yourself in the surrounding scenery. What’s great about hiking is it really makes you feel like you’re part of the landscape, as you get to know it by traversing its trails, smelling its scents and hearing its sounds. There are an array of lookout points in the Grand Canyon National Park that will give you those iconic postcard-reminiscent views. If you’re adventurous head to Grandview Point, one of the highest viewpoints standing at 7,400 feet (2250 meters) -- although you’ll have to trek to the top. Yavapai Point on the South Rim is another smart choice, as it offers views of the North Kaibab Trails, Bright Angel Trail, Colorado River and Phantom Ranch, and also has an area with telescopes and interesting information on the canyon. If you’re on the North Rim your best bet for great views is the Point Imperial, the highest viewpoint on that side at 8,803 feet (2,683 meters). You’ll be awarded views of the the eastern Grand Canyon, Painted Desert and Marble Canyon. 

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45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 158 Reviews

Your tour beings at the Grand Canyon airport in Tusayan, Arizona. Fly over the ponderosa pines of Kaibab National Forest on a 45-minute helicopter excursion ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $248.99

Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure and Skywalk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

For the adventurous at heart, a trip from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon in a Cessna airplane will provide the thrill of a lifetime. The narrated aerial tour will ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $698.99

Viator VIP: Grand Canyon Sunset Helicopter Tour with Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

Experience the Grand Canyon like a VIP on this luxury helicopter tour during sunset. From Las Vegas, enjoy a magical helicopter flight over Lake Mead and ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $499.99

Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane

See some of the most striking scenery the Grand Canyon has to offer on this morning or afternoon fixed-wing airplane flight. Soar over the eastern part of the ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.99

Grand Canyon West Rim Air and Ground Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 277 Reviews

Fly like an executive on a deluxe flight from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon West Rim aboard an elite airplane. At the Grand Canyon you can walk out on the ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $274.99
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Deluxe Grand Canyon South Rim Airplane Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 152 Reviews

Your multi-perspective adventure from Las Vegas begins with a deluxe flight to the Grand Canyon South Rim on an executive-style airplane. At the Grand Canyon ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $309.99

Viator Exclusive: Grand Canyon South Rim Overnight Trip with Mule Ride from Phoenix

Revel in the transcendent beauty of the Grand Canyon on this overnight tour from Phoenix, a Viator Exclusive. During this trip that can't be booked anywhere ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 2 days/1 night

From USD $669.99

Skip the Line: Grand Canyon Skywalk Express Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 243 Reviews

The quickest way to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk from Las Vegas, this express helicopter tour is ideal for travelers short on time. Enjoy a scenic helicopter ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $469.99

3-Day National Parks Camping Tour: Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley from Las Vegas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

See popular highlights of the Southwest on a 3-day national parks tour from Las Vegas! On this fun-filled camping adventure, you'll discover the amazing ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $594.99

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with West Rim Picnic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take in breathtaking views with a Grand Canyon helicopter tour from Boulder City, Nevada. You’ll soar over the Grand Canyon during a 35-minute helicopter ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $299.99

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