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East Rim Drive, Grand Canyon National Park

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Try to comprehend the grandeur and scope of the Grand Canyon along East Rim Drive. The drive will take you to the highly-visited south entrance with the chance to stop at numerous viewing points along the way. This part is a less-crowded area of the park, offering scenic views. Make a stop at the watchtower, see the Colorado River, or watch for animals. To visit East Rim Drive on your trip to Grand Canyon National Park, use our Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner.
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  • This was a wonderful drive. Saw very few other vehicles. Be prepared for lots of dust on the back of your vehicle, something we don't mind. Great views - ones not usually seen in video or photographs.  more »
  • We got some great advice to enter Grand Canyon Park from the East Rim entrance. We entered near Desert View and got our first look at the canyon at the Desert View Watchtower. This stop was a lot less...  more »
  • No matter how many times we have taken this road we always find something new to see. Sunrise is incredible across the mesa leading into the canyon.  more »

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Where to stay in Grand Canyon National Park

You'll find plenty of options if you want to stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. Most campgrounds and lodges sit around the South Rim area, and they tend to fill up quickly for summer visits, so book as far in advance as possible. The price range for lodge accommodations varies greatly, so there's something for nearly every budget. The less-visited North Rim features one lodge. For those who hike to the bottom of the canyon, dormitories and cabins are available at Phantom Ranch. If you can't secure a place in the park or find something there to your liking, the small village near the south entrance offers inns and economy motels. You’ll have the convenience of nearby restaurants if you stay there.
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