Lookout Studio, Grand Canyon National Park

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Built on a rock ledge suspended over the Grand Canyon's south rim, Lookout Studio offers some of the best vantage points of the famous landmark. Listed on the National Register of Historic places, the 1914 studio is one of seven buildings in the canyon designed by famed architect Mary Colter, who strove to blend the structure with its natural surroundings using local stone and wood. Explore the building's historic interior, featuring various informative exhibits and a film, and then use the coin-operated telescopes on the outdoor terraces for up-close inspection of the natural spectacle around you. A paved trail nearby makes a great spot to watch for the California condor--North America's largest land bird and a rarity in the skies. The birds use the thermal updrafts of air to cruise along the cliffs. If you're looking for souvenirs, check out the on-site gift shop. Plan to visit Lookout Studio and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Grand Canyon National Park attractions using our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planner.
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  • Going far beyond the nice gift shop, Lookout Studio has both a patio and a balcony with amazing views of the canyon. This is a unique structure in a unique location. It is well worth a stop.  more »
  • Below there is a small shop that sells souvenirs shooting spot is very recommended. Might be kinda steep stairs is not good.
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  • The observation deck is divided into two layers, the following layer is more prominent, can shadow to more macro view of the photos, but must be careful across the downward stone ladder, before you can reach, or stay on the upper layer, the scenery is not wrong.
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  • Should stop by. They have great view out of the windows
  • This place has some of the best views on the south rim. Head up to the balcony as well to relax.
  • Very nice, iconic view of the Canyon from the free lower lookout. Small art and collectible store that you walk through.
  • Would have been a nice experience yesterday until the angry store worker (older male) yelled at us two times in a row that the store was closing and to "LEAVE NOW" 5 min. before it closed. We were all in shock...strangers looking at each other in awe (including a couple with a small child). He was looking at us all in a very angry way while we were outside. Needless to say, I bought items at a different store. Great view, but horrific customer service. Felt very unwelcome. If he is that tired of his job, he should find a new one.
  • Good place for a view of the Grand Canyon. Every vista has a gift shop you have to walk through with the kids which was a little annoying.
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