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East Rim Drive

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: Scenic drive on the East Rim of the Grand Canyon.
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Belen, New Mexico
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Take your time to drive this route. Take plenty of cold water and take advantage of bathroom stops. Charge your camera batteries!

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Smithtown, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We did this as part of a 12.5 hour tour. It took 3.5 hours to drive by bus. Most of the time you can’t see the canyon so I spend a lot of time sleeping because there was really nothing to look at. We stopped at so Indian Trading Post which I really can’t comment on because I didn’t go... More

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Media, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We stopped at all the points as we traveled from the south rim to the desert watchtower. It's amazing how different the views are along the way--and none less stunning than another. We got out to the watchtower which is very neat and climbed to the top (we thought an easy climb). More excellent views from yet another vantage point.... More

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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162 reviews 162 reviews
41 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This drive gets you away from most of the crowds, which tend to concentrate near the visitor's center. Several excellent views and turnouts to stop at. Each viewpoint gives a different perspective on the canyon. Good interpretive signage is quite helpful.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We took the tour out the East Rim. It was at 4pm and our first stop was the last overlook at the Watchtower. Make sure you go inside and up stairs. You have to go through the store first but do it. It is worth walking the steps. You can stop in between is you need to rest. We also... More

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New York City
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

After you've checked in to your hotel, and saw the classic sights, get in your car and drive the East Rim Drive. I personally went all the way to the Desert View and worked back, and each and every point is amazing. You must be careful however, as the lookouts are not railed, and the stone is easy to crumble... More

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Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Go early and enjoy empty road and great views of canyon and Colorado River. Usual good works of NPS!

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OFallon, MO
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103 reviews 103 reviews
26 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We drove into Grand Canyon National Park from this way, and it was nice way to get your first view of the Canyon. There are a number of scenic viewpoints along the way and the Desert View Watchtower at Desert View Point is well worth a look. We also saw a Elk on our drive along the rim.

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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

we experienced as many scenic viewpoints, walked many trails, etc as possible. this was a very nice one that we really enjoyed

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
47 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

After watching the sunrise at Hopi Point, we headed back to the room, took a nap, and had breakfast, then loaded up the car and headed out the East Rim. So many great stops along the way. We spent the whole afternoon here and then watched the sunset. Perfect end to our last day at the canyon!

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