- By kevin
- On Jul 20, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
There's a reason so many visitors come to the Grand Canyon's South Rim.To book the South Rim Grand Canyon tours on the site to visit the Grand Canyon with deals nowdays.The South Rim not only offers some of the best,unobstructed views of the Grand Canyon,but also convenient lodging,dining and sightseeing.That's made it popular with families for generations.
If you're flying into Las Vegas,it's likely you'll want to visit Grand Canyon West,the portion of the West Rim that is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe,not the National Park Service.Located just 2.5 hours from Las Vegas,Grand Canyon West is home of the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk,a cantilevered walkway that allows visitors to walk out 70 feet past the edge of the Grand Canyon and look straight down to the bottom of the chasm.
This trip can be done as an 8-hour self-driven trip,a 10-hour door-to-door guided ground tour,or a half-day helicopter or airplane trip.Because of the expense of the entrance packages and popular tour options,Grand Canyon West is budget-heavy compared to the South or North Rim,but it's the quickest and most practical option for visitors coming from Las Vegas.
The South Rim is a pleasant 4 hour drive due north from Phoenix.Most people drive themselves and spend the day walking along the Rim Trail,snapping photos from overlooks and checking out the visitor centers.A day trip itinerary from Phoenix,whether self-guided or on a professional ground tour,takes about 16 hours.
While there are a few helicopter tours from Phoenix to the South Rim,it's more likely you'll find ground tours or a combination of a self-driven trip up to rim-adjacent towns like Williams or Tusayan,and then a railway or helicopter tour to the South Rim.
Due to its very remote location and availability limited to the summer/early fall,the North Rim is the least accessible of the three Grand Canyon areas to reach,but for those visitors willing to invest the time and effort,the reward is great.The solitude afforded by the smaller crowds on trails and in campgrounds,and the quiet due to the absence of helicopters,airplanes and commercial tours are as attractive as the dramatic views from the North Rim.
The North Rim is easiest to reach from southern Utah cities like St.George and Kanab,or northern Arizona towns like Page and Jacob Lake.Be prepared to drive yourself,or take a guided rafting tour of the Upper Canyon that starts beyond the North Rim in Lees Ferry.