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. For East Rim Drive and beyond, use our Grand Canyon National Park online trip planner to get the most from your Grand Canyon National Park vacation.
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  • July 2017-round beg here. The private car allows us to move smoothly along the streets paved and well maintained. You meet a lot of people and the heat is strong enough. Now begins a series of stops and viewpoints marked on maps. The adventure begins!
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  • If you have limited time to see the Grand Canyon then the east rim is a good option (we also had a wheel chair). Got to the East rim entrance around mid day there was six cars in front of us and it to...  more »
  • The ride makes of course doesn't make much sense to the East depending on the itinerary. Especially since the given map of the National Park is not to scale and thus the trip unexpectedly stretches to the Watchtower in the length. Who travels further E.g. after page or has left else 3 h, lucky himself to inquire about the various somewhat outside of the large crowd of viewpoints. Except for the really great desert view Watchtower, the crowds keep anything within limits.
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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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