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Best Views of the Grand Canyon

By Viator, May 2016

4.5 6818 Reviews | Add your review

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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Deluxe Grand Canyon South Rim Airplane Tour, Las Vegas, null
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Deluxe Grand Canyon South Rim Airplane Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 279 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.)

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Viator VIP: Grand Canyon Sunset Helicopter Tour with Dinner, Las Vegas, Air Tours
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Viator VIP: Grand Canyon Sunset Helicopter Tour with Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 145 Reviews

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

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk, Las Vegas, Viator VIP ... 
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Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk

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Hit the highway out of Las Vegas and spend the day touring the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. On this day trip you'll have four hours at the Grand Canyon, with ...  Read more

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Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Ultimate Grand Canyon 4-in-1 Helicopter Tour, Las Vegas, Day Trips
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Ultimate Grand Canyon 4-in-1 Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 861 Reviews

Take the ultimate Grand Canyon tour! You'll fly from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon by helicopter, cruise the Colorado River, then spend time at the West Rim. ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Grand Canyon in a Day: Hummer Tour from Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Helicopter Tours
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Grand Canyon in a Day: Hummer Tour from Las Vegas

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Get out of the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas and explore some of the vast land that surrounds the Grand Canyon. On the Grand Canyon West Rim tour, you’ll see ...  Read more

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

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Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip by Coach, Helicopter and Boat with Optional Skywalk, Las Vegas, ... 
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Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip by Coach, Helicopter and Boat with Optional Skywalk

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Travel by coach, helicopter and boat on an action-packed day trip to the Grand Canyon West Rim. It’s one of the Las Vegas tours you can’t miss! You'll ride a ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour, Las Vegas, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

This approximate 1-hour aerial sightseeing tour is the most cost-effective way to see the Grand Canyon and appreciate its majesty and beauty. Fly over ...  Read more

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

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Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trip from Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Air Tours
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Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trip from Las Vegas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 115 Reviews

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Raft down the mighty Colorado River along the Grand Canyon’s sheer cliffs. Also included in this exciting day trip ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Grand Canyon North Rim Air and Ground Tour with Optional ATV Ride, Las Vegas, White Water Rafting & ... 
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Grand Canyon North Rim Air and Ground Tour with Optional ATV Ride

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