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Top Choice American in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

El Tovar Dining Room & Lounge

Dark-wood tables are set with china and white linen, eye-catching murals spotlight American Indian tribes and huge windows frame views of the Rim Trail and canyon beyond. Breakfast options include El Tovar's pancake…
Top Choice Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Desert View Watchtower

The marvelously worn winding staircase of Mary Colter's 70ft stone tower, built in 1932, leads to the highest spot on the rim (7522ft). From here, unparalleled views take in not only the canyon and the Colorado Rive…
Top Choice Museum in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Trail of Time

This interpretative display traces the history of the canyon's formation – each meter equals one million years of geologic history. From the trail's start you pass 2.1 billion years in around a mile. Rock samples fr…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Shoshone Point

Walk 1 mile along the mostly level dirt road to marvelously uncrowded Shoshone Point, a rocky promontory with some of the canyon’s best views. This viewpoint is unmarked; look for the small parking lot about 1.2 mil…
Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Bright Angel Lodge

Commissioned by the Fred Harvey Company, designed by Mary Colter and completed in 1935, the log-and-stone Bright Angel Lodge offered canyon travelers alternative accommodations to the luxurious El Tovar. Just off th…
Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Kolb Studio

In 1905 Ellsworth and Emery Kolb built a small photography studio on the edge of the rim, which has since been expanded and now holds a bookstore and museum. Today, an original Kolb brothers 1911 silent film runs co…
Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

El Tovar

Built in 1905 as a railroad hotel, El Tovar was designed by architect Charles Whittlesey as a blend between a Swiss chalet and the more rustic style that would come to define national park lodges in the 1920s. With …
Viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Yavapai Point

Yavapai Point shares a spot with the Yavapai Geology Museum, and provides views of Phantom Ranch (on the canyon bottom – look carefully!), Bright Angel Canyon and Tonto Platform, among many other iconic canyon featu…
Museum in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Yavapai Geology Museum

Views don't get much better than those unfolding behind the plate-glass windows of this little stone building at Yavapai Point. Handy panels identify and explain the various formations before you, and displays (incl…
Viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Yaki Point

With dramatic views to both the east and west, Yaki Point is one of the best spots to catch the sunrise. Because it's accessible year-round by shuttle or bicycle only, it tends to be a quieter overlook than others a…