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Address: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Scenic drive on the East Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Wonderful opportunities to View the Grand Canyon

We used the East Rim Drive to exit the park and really enjoyed all the chances to stop at viewing areas to check out an array of different canyon views. Easy drive and no parking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary V
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Streator
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used the East Rim Drive to exit the park and really enjoyed all the chances to stop at viewing areas to check out an array of different canyon views. Easy drive and no parking problems off season.

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1 Thank Mary V
martinsville, nj
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We did the drive from the Tovar Hotel area and went East. We were in October and drive not very crowded. There were several lookout points that you could stop at and admire the views.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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328 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We entered the park through the east gate and drove to the visitors center area with many amazing stops along the way. The cost was $25/car. Considering we spent well over half a day here, we thought that was a pretty fair price. When we first arrived in the park, it was very overcast, we were told it would pass... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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385 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

After stopping at the visitors center we drove the East Rim. You cannot see the canyon during most of the drive. There are several overlooks that are wroth seeing. They have parking areas and the views are fantastic. IF you are at the Canon do yourself a favor and take this drive and see the Canyon from several excellent viewing... More 

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Asheville, NC
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We drove in through the main gate and did Mather Point and all the other observation places along the Village. They are beautiful and breathtaking. The next day we decided to leave headed East toward the Painted Desert. The views a even more spectacular AND there are a LOT less people. We ooohed and aaaahhed for the next hours. A... More 

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Elkhart, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

After reading reviews of how to do the Canyon i liked the idea of not being stuck in long lines and mobs of people. I start at the east rim which has a Najaho base not part of the park but a great stop before. They do request donation which I just gave them a couple buck and only stayed... More 

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Sacramento, California, United States
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This drive takes you out along Navajo land and is just an amazing view of the grand canyon. If you have the time, make the journey.

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Lansing, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

The drive to the East Entrance from Flagstaff via 89 north qualifies as a wonderful experience in itself, with spectacular views of the Vermillion Cliffs to one side and the Painted Desert to the other, along with pull-offs on the road to the Canyon featuring dramatic views of the Colorado River. Things get even better once you reach the Grand... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

We drove into the Canyon from the South entrance and drove out of it to Page via this Desert View area. This is by far the longer entrance/exit drive but so much more spectacular than the drive in from the South. There are a lot of vista stop points along this Eastern Rim drive. We stopped off at one unnamed... More 

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Milan
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

I agree with previous reviewers that it is much more scenic to come through this route. We left through the south rim and there isn't nearly as much to see. It's fun looking at the Village on the visitors end. The parking lot was packed so I'm glad we started at the other end. We only had a few hours... More 

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