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Grand Canyon North Rim

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Canyons, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Geologic Formations, National Parks
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: The South Rim has the more familiar views of The Canyon, but the views from the North Rim are every bit as spectacular. What the North Rim has over... more »
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Colchester, Vermont
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The north rim is the way to go. There are not crowds and you can wander around the rim relaxed. The views are incredible and the heat is not as intense as the south rim. There are incredible views and the trails are great. If you can take the chance of first come first serve then use the campgrounds closer... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I am not an emotional type, but seeing the North Rim of GC for the first time is an experience I will never forget. Views at Cape royal were the best. The North Rim is so much less crowded. We went to both and the North Rim was super relaxing. Stay at the NR lodge. Great location and cabins are... More

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North Bergen, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Parking easy. Able to drive your own vehicle throughout. Much less crowded compared to South Rim. Great backdrop for picture taking without having people in background. I do recommend bringing tripod to be able to be in picture. Not many places to just set camera on self-timer without tripod.

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new rochelle
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204 reviews 204 reviews
104 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The North Rim is much less commercial than the South Rim, but just as amazingly beautiful! You can take a few easy walks around the rim, or just sit and look at the Canyon change in the sunlight and shadows. It helps to have a car b/c the other points that look out over the canyon are just as fantastic.

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I've been to South Rim several years ago and last week we had the opportunity to stay at the famed Grand Canyon Lodge in the North Rim. Simply mesmerizing the views and scenery. It really is true and that the North Rim had more breathtaking scenery and some of the best hiking just minutes from the Lodge. We stayed 3... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

There are lots of trees, the forest goes right up to canyon edge and there are fewer people to deal with and a lot less traffic. They have ruined the south side.

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Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This is my second visit to the North Rim within the past two years, and it still does not disappoint! Although I have not been to the South Rim in decades, I continue to hear that the North Rim is much more natural and non-commercial. It certainly gives you an intimate experience with this incredible formation. We took the North... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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148 reviews 148 reviews
66 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We were staying on the east side of Zion National Park so we decided to do one day at the north rim of the Grand Canyon last Sunday morning. It was 2 ½ hour drive from just outside of ZNP. We loved driving through Kaibab National Forest before entering the park. Start your visit by entering the North Rim Visitor... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

This July was my first trip to the Grand Canyon and we went to the North Rim. The sights are beautiful, though I hear they're better on the South Rim. The log cabin we stayed in was well-equip and clean, with two lovely rocking chairs on the porch. But I have to give a shoutout to Madison and Stephanie. They... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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98 reviews 98 reviews
43 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I returned to the North Rim for only the second time, the last being 18 years ago. It was just as I remembered it, as no new development is allowed. I re-hiked some of the trails I did years before and they were just as thrilling as the first time. The accommodations are adequate, and what one should expect at... More

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