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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  • August 14, 2017
    If you're taking this all the way to the North Rim the geology is amazing. Even for a shorter drive the overlooks are interesting, but not stunningly different from the South Rim.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    We took the free shuttle buses along this route and saw some incredible views of the canyon. There are so many places to stop along the route with incredible views of the canyon. This is a must do on ...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    It is still surprising how large and beautiful the Grand Canyon is; pictures don't do it justice. The East Rim has much less tourist activity compared to other locations. There are numerous places to ...  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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