Group of people sitting near the edge watching sunset at Grand Canyon National Park North Rim, USA.

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Cape Royal

Top choice in Grand Canyon National Park

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. Imposing Wotan's Throne fills the foreground to the southwest, while solitary Vishnu Temple to the south evokes a sacred shrine from a distant land. Tiny Desert View Watchtower can be seen to the southwest.

Another viewpoint back a few hundred feet and to the west provides an exhilarating guardrail-free experience not suitable for those with vertigo.

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