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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.

Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Tickets with Guided Bus Tour

3. 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, Horseshoe Bend

4. 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.

Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

5. 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.

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

6. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Lower 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. 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. Afterwards, make the drive to Page, Arizona, and visit the Antelope Canyon and Zion National Park. 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.

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 Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Sedona, AZ: Grand Canyon Guided Tour and Historic Railway

10. Sedona, AZ: Grand Canyon Guided Tour and Historic Railway

Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see. Make the most of your visit with this historical railroad tour. Beginning in Sedona, take one of the top 10 scenic drives in America to Flagstaff, known for its towering Ponderosa Pines. After meeting Flagstaff guests, head to the train depot in Williams and board the historical Grand Canyon Railway. Be entertained by cowboys and musicians as the train travels back in time along the scenic journey to the canyon. Enjoy wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks as the train rolls through valleys filled with wildflowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains, and small canyons. Upgrade your experience with a first-class ticket, which includes oversized seats, big windows, bar service, and complimentary snacks. Arrive by train just steps from the Grand Canyon's South Rim and meet your guide, who will pick you up at the train depot in Grand Canyon Village. Explore the historical buildings of Grand Canyon Village before enjoying some free time for lunch. Rejoin your guide to travel across the south rim heading east. Spend approximately 4-hours in the Grand Canyon National Park. Your tour makes its way along the rim of the Grand Canyon, stopping at Grandview Point. a transitional point between the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon. Marvel at the open views of the Colorado River Gorge afforded at the East Rim, as well as the butte-filled views for which the South Rim is famous. Later, climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for magnificent views of the Grand Canyon. Tour the East Rim of Grand Canyon National Park as you make your way back to your hotel and get to enjoy sights most other visitors miss. See many scenic overlooks, the Desert View Watchtower and the historic Cameron trading Post on the Navajo Reservation. Next is a stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post, one of the finest places to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs. You may also visit The Gallery, home of many breathtaking pieces of fine and historic Native American Arts and Crafts. Listen to interesting, informative and entertaining narration from your guide throughout your journey. View the western edge of the Painted Desert and drive along the Little Colorado River Gorge on your way back to Flagstaff and Sedona.

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What people are saying about Grand Canyon South Rim

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,433 reviews

My guides with Fun Group were Tomo and Yu. The pickup point at Bellagio was easy to find thanks to the company’s good communication. Driving was shared between our guides because it was a 17 hour day. They were both very safe drivers I was impressed. The van I was in had a high top and well temperature controlled. This tour is well worth it. The guides did preplanned pit stops at good intervals. It was so much easier on a tour as they know exactly where the best viewing and photo opportunities were. Tomo is a seasoned photographer, as I was touring alone he was able to take shots of myself with the landscape as well as the rest of the group. That itself was worth the tour cost. The three included sights are magnificent and it was not rushed to see each site. You visit Canyon X with a Navajo guide. Beautiful. Our group of ladies was also a fun group to tour with on sept 9. Highly recommend company and tour. Details were well planned - no hiccups. It’s a long day. Recommend Tomo too!

We were a party of 4 2 sets of couples. Both of couples enjoyed this experience with doing the shuttle service. Our guide Jessica I believe is her name was excellent she was so informative. My husband really enjoys history and facts. Was so worth the money to have a guide someone who knows where to stop and informs you along the way. We left flagstaff at 9am and was back at 4:30pm. We all thought we had plenty of time to see everything we wanted. We went during Labor Day it was very Hot so we thought each stop was just the amount of time. I would highly recommend this tour.

One of the best trips we had in US. Initially we wanted to do all the activities on our own in a 2-day tour with stay in Page, however we decided to go with FunGroup and it was the the best choice. I liked them from the first email-contact where they provided all details for the tour. Our guides were very helpful and made the tour very interesting. Recommended it with all my heart - tourists from Poland :)

We had first class tickets for the train and we’re very comfortable. There was a complimentary small buffet of snacks both ways and complimentary soda and water. There were alcoholic beverages available for purchase right in the car so didn’t have to go anywhere to get anything. The PSA was very knowledgeable and friendly. She loved to tell stories about the area and seemed to love her job.

This flight gives you and incredible view of the canyon. The pilot was very informative.