Top things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Top Choice Viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

Cape Royal

Strategically located on the southernmost tip of the North Rim high above the great westward turn of the Colorado River, Cape Royal takes in almost every major part of the Grand Canyon with thousand-mile views. Impo…
Top Choice National Park in Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

Grand Canyon's remote, wild and forgotten North Rim is far less developed, and sees far fewer visitors that its southern counterpart. In part this is due to seasonal closure: at these altitudes (8000ft) the winter s…
Top Choice American in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

El Tovar Dining Room

Classic national park dining at its best. 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. Br…
Top Choice Museum 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 a museum. An original Kolb brothers 1911 silent film runs continu…
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 one of the highest spots on the rim. From here, slats in the tower wall offer unparalleled views of not only the cany…
Top Choice Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

Grand Canyon Lodge

Enter the front door of the lodge and see...the Grand Canyon, somehow looking even larger framed by the massive windows of the sunroom. Built in 1937 out of Kaibab limestone, the lodge features spacious rimside dini…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Shoshone Point

Walk about 1 mile along the mostly level and shaded dirt road to marvelously uncrowded Shoshone Point, a rocky promontory with some of the canyon’s best views. Just before reaching the canyon rim, there's a grassy a…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

Toroweap Overlook

While not the biggest, or highest, this is perhaps the most dramatic viewpoint in the canyon: you're literally on the edge of a 3000ft drop.
Top Choice Museum in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Trail of Time

This outdoor interpretative display traces the history of the canyon's formation – each meter equals one million years of geologic history, for a total of about 2.1 billion years in just over a mile. Begin with the …
Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Hermits Rest

Commissioned by the Fred Harvey Company and designed by Mary Colter in 1913, this low-flung stone building is the South Rim's westernmost scenic overlook (note that the overlook remains open when the building closes…