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Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim: Our most recommended tours and activities

From South Rim: Grand Canyon Spirit Helicopter Tour

1. From South Rim: Grand Canyon Spirit Helicopter Tour

Head to Grand Canyon Airport at Tusayan, Arizona for a fantastic 45-minute helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. Departing from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, soar above the Kaibab National Forest for amazing views of the Marble Canyon and Point Imperial. Watch in awe as the South Rim gradually drops away, providing one of the most memorable views of the entire canyon. Climb above the North Rim, and experience the fabulous bird's-eye views before heading through the Dragon Corridor, the canyon's widest and deepest part. See in the distance the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower, designed by the Hopi Native Americans. Your journey then follows the Colorado River upstream to where it merges with the Little Colorado River, back over the Kaibab National Forest, and on to Tusayan. Relax as you take in the views from a state-of-the-art ECO-Star Helicopter with individual leather seats, wraparound glass for outstanding visibility, and exceptional noise-reduction features both inside and out.

Grand Canyon: Discovery Air Tour

2. Grand Canyon: Discovery Air Tour

Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim on an aerial tour complete with commentary in multiple languages that is bound to captivate you. Your flight leaves from the Grand Canyon national park terminal and takes you over the Kaibab National Forest, Kaibab Plateau, Confluence of Colorado, Little Colorado River, Imperial Point, and Zuni Corridor. Once onboard your plane, sit back and get ready to enjoy the thrill of the incredible scenery this natural wonder has to offer. All seats provide unobstructed views for sightseeing and photography through the specially designed oversized windows. This Grand discovery tour is perfect for families and for individuals who have limited time yet wish to enjoy all of the beauty of the Grand Canyon.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend

3. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend

Get away from the bright lights of Las Vegas, and journey into the great American Southwest. First, stop at Antelope Canyon and enjoy its colorful, intricate rock walls and formations, rainbow colors, and patterns. You'll explore the canyon with an experienced Navajo guide. Next, take in spectacular views at the Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River. After hiking 1.2 km on a sandy trail, take your time to admire the breathtaking views. Finally, stop at the world-famous Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history.

Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Tickets with Guided Bus Tour

4. Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Tickets with Guided Bus Tour

Enjoy the Grand Canyon's natural beauty on a nostalgic train ride featuring western musicians and cowboy characters on vintage cars with this roundtrip train ticket between Williams and the Grand Canyon. Take a guided bus tour to the top sights along the canyon's South Rim.  Pickup your tickets and board the train in Williams. Enjoy the scenic ride through the Grand Canyon National park to the Grand Canyon village. Be entertained with a thrilling Wild West shootout along the way. Select a comfortable seat in first-class with large windows, snacks, and beverages, or pick a tour with coach tickets. Select a tour with the lunch option and sit down to a hot buffet meal in Maswik Lodge. Once you arrive at Grand Canyon Village hop aboard a bus that will take you to the most popular viewpoints along the South Rim of the Canyon. Get your camera ready for some incredible vistas. Listen to facinating commentary from your guide along the way. Spend some time walking around the historic Grand Canyon Village where you can visit historic hotels and shops or purchase something to eat. Return to Williams on the train at the end of the your tour.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, & Zion Tour

5. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, & Zion Tour

Experience a guided tour of the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Then head on to Antelope Canyon, where you can take photos of the sweeping views at this popular scenic spot during the prime time (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM) of the day. Relax knowing transportation to and from your hotel, accommodation, and breakfast is taken care of. Day 1: Begin by getting picked up at your hotel in Las Vegas. Get taken in an air-conditioned van to your first stop, the Grand Canyon. Follow your guide to the South Rim of the Canyon, the most popular viewing spot, and take in sweeping views whilst listening to informative commentary from your guide. Next, pay a visit to the new visitor’s center, where you can learn even more about the canyon. Then see the view from Mather’s point, another popular spot that offers multiple vistas. Continue on to Bright Angel point where you can view the entire Grand Canyon. Head to your hotel in the evening. Day 2: Begin day 2 with breakfast at your hotel. Head to the stunning Zion National Park to visit the Checkerboard Point and the Great Arch Point. Afterwards, make the drive to Page, Arizona, and visit the Antelope Canyon. Take plenty of photos of this natural formation where the sunlight gleams through the canyon ceiling. See breathtaking views of Glen Canyon & Dam and the Horseshoe Bend, a dramatic turning in the Colorado River. Depart with your group from the town of Page back to Las Vegas in our van/tour bus.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Tour

6. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Tour

Visit Grand Canyon National Park where you can relax, hike the trails, explore the beautiful surroundings, and take in breathtaking views from the South Rim. You’ll have a full 3 hours at the Park. When you arrive at the Visitor's Center you’ll have the option of walking along the 2.5 mile paved trail leading to Mather Point and Grand Canyon Village. From these locations you can enjoy panoramic views of the Canyon, the Phantom Ranch, and the Colorado River. Along the trail you’ll enjoy the breezes that pass through the pinion and juniper pines. You can walk out to the railed rim and view the majestic beauty of one of the 7 Wonders of the World. If you like, you can continue hiking along the rim, finishing up at either Grand Canyon Village or Yavapai Point. Another option is to simply hop on the shuttle bus and head back to Grand Canyon Village! Your tour includes a nutritious breakfast and bottled water, in addition to a box lunch to enjoy at your leisure. The picnic-style box lunch includes a choice of a roast beef, ham, turkey, or vegetarian sandwich.

Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided Tour

7. Grand Canyon South Rim: Self-Guided Tour

This self-guided driving tour takes you to all the best vistas, hikes, and attractions along Grand Canyon’s South Rim and tells you the secret history behind this famous landscape. Walk the scenic South Rim Trail, catch a sunset at Mather Point, and much more. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Welcome to Grand Canyon National Park. The tour of this natural wonder of the world begins just outside the park, near the welcome sign. Before arrival, download the app that will function as your guide, narrator, and map all in one. Then, proceed into the park and start with hearing the early history of this location. Your first stop will be at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you’ll find Mather Point, your first good look at the canyon. From there, proceed to Yavapai Point and the Yavapai Geology Museum, where you’ll get insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology and how these layers of rock help us see back in time millions of years. Next, head to Grand Canyon Village to optionally purchase snacks and souvenirs. Then, walk along the South Rim Trail. There’s a reason this trail is the most popular spot in the park: the views it offers are unbeatable. As you walk, dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House, the enigmatic architect who built it, and the heated feud between galleries along the rim. The next part of the tour takes place aboard the free Grand Canyon Shuttle. Get directions to the shuttle, then head down Hermit Road, which isn’t accessible to cars. Along the way, stop at some incredible vistas including Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss. Arrive at Hermit’s Rest, which features a hiking trail for the avid adventurer, then head back to explore the eastern half of the park. More great views await you at Pipe Creek Vista and the aptly named Grandview Point, which also features a lush hike below the canyon’s rim. Continue toward Moran Point and get acquainted with the Hopi and their traditions, as well as the Ancient Puebloans who preceded them. Finally, you’ll arrive at the impressive, medieval-looking Desert View Watchtower, offering more spectacular views and snacks to purchase. The tour concludes here, having taken you through the entire park.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Trip by Bus

8. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim Full-Day Trip by Bus

Take a day to see one of the wonders of the world on your visit to Las Vegas. You’ll travel in a luxurious motorcoach to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Complimentary pickup and drop-off at most Las Vegas hotels is provided. Your professional driver/guide will provide live narration en route to the Grand Canyon, while you sit back and relax in true luxury on a state-of-the-art luxury bus. Each bus is equipped with an on-board restroom, airline-style seats, footrests, and televisions to ensure comfortable traveling. Admission to Grand Canyon National Park as well as lunch at the Grand Canyon Visitors Center are included in your tour price. You’ll stop at 2 scenic sites along the Canyon Rim to take in the magnificence of this natural wonder. There are optional additions to the tour that may interest you. With the IMAX theater option you’ll have the opportunity to see a 34-minute film featuring the wonders of the Grand Canyon. You’ll view the film on an 84-foot wide screen, in a theater that’s located in the Grand Canyon Visitors Center. The other option is to take an aerial tour of the Canyon by helicopter. You’ll gain an amazing overview of the site and have breathtaking views of the Canyon’s walls and the Colorado River.

Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

9. Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Take a journey through the breathtaking South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park with a guided tour. Walk the pine-forest trails and take in views at the major lookouts, including Yavapai Point. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before walking the Rim Trail in the afternoon. Arrive at the visitor center and begin walking along the Rim Trail with your guide. Within just a few minutes, notice the pine-forest ledges line the path and arrive at Yavapai Point. From here, take a moment to get a real sense of the depth of the canyon and examine the rock layers up close. Learn of the geographic phenomena that formed this natural wonder that now stands 277 miles long and 8 miles wide. Take out your binoculars and try and pick out distant sights of the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch, and the mules on Bright Angel Trail. After taking the time to truly gaze at the sight of the canyon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Browse the shops if you're in the mood and get ready to explore the eastern Grand Canyon in the afternoon. Stroll the level Rim Trail and focus in on the diverse plant life of the area. See if you can spot any wildlife or bird species as you wander. The park is home to deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and the most endangered bird in the world, the California Condor. Begin the return back to the hotel along the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Make a few stops at lookouts to take in the last moments of the view and capture final photos.

From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

10. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Grand Canyon National Park. Admire the incredible views and geological wonders of Northern Arizona. Enjoy a tour fully narrated by some of the most experienced guides in the Southwest. After pickup from your hotel in Sedona, ascend the Colorado Plateau and continue through the photogenic Oak Creek Canyon. Take winding roads as you leave the red rocks behind, then stop at the tall Ponderosa Pines. Next, arrive at Flagstaff, where other travelers will join the tour. Pass by the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, before heading to the Grand Canyon South Entrance. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, explore historic buildings, see majestic views at Grand Canyon Village, and enjoy lunch on your own. See some of the widest and deepest scenic views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River. Get to experience the magnificent South Rim scenery first-hand. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. Visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch, as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. Your guide knows the best vistas to stop at and will make sure you get the most gorgeous, least crowded viewpoints. At Desert View, you are free to climb the Watchtower Observatory for amazing views that will leave you breathless. On your way back from the Grand Canyon, experience a view of the western edge of the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the Colorado River Gorge. Before you return, make a brief stop at the Navajo Reservation. Here you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the historical Cameron Trading Post.

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What people are saying about Grand Canyon South Rim

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 748 reviews

We were a party of 10 in small group tour. Katsu and Terry from FunGroup made the tour really enjoyable and definitely made the long time on the road a pleasant experience. Terry provided us with some great facts along our trip and was very knowledgeable. They were both very accommodating to our requests and would highly recommend Katsu and Terry for your guided tour. We also enjoyed the lunch (sandwich, chips and cookie) provided. My visiting family from the Philippines, my daughter and I really enjoyed this tour!

Paul & Dustin were thoughtful, polite & knowledgeable. Fun trip with can’t miss visits to these big 3. It’s a long “day” and we could not have done it on our own, nor would you want to. Our highlight was Antelope Canyon but we enjoyed all of them. Help with photos, food, comfort stops & history lessons all wrapped into one. Mom & daughter from Pgh PA

My 19 year old grandson and I took the tour! The Grand Canyon Railroad was absolutely the best way to go to the Canyon. It was comfortable and entertaining. Even my 19 year old throughly enjoyed the experience.

Amazing tour!!! Antelope canyon X was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The guide was amazing, and lovely to be a small group of max 12 people (for the van tour).

Very knowledgeable guide and great tour. The duration of the tour is perfect to take it easy and not have to rush.