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Address: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Activities: Driving
Description: Many of the Grand Canyon's most spectacular panoramas can be viewed along...
Many of the Grand Canyon's most spectacular panoramas can be viewed along this scenic drive, including Point Imperial and Cape Royal itself (elevation 7,865 feet,) the southernmost viewpoint on the North Rim.
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After a wonderful morning hike on the Widforss Trail it was time to do some scenic driving. The turn off for Cape Royal Drive was just past the exit of the trail so it was an easy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

After a wonderful morning hike on the Widforss Trail it was time to do some scenic driving. The turn off for Cape Royal Drive was just past the exit of the trail so it was an easy decision to make! The drive is 23 miles one way, but with stopping to view the numerous viewpoints and maneuvering the winding road,... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The scenic drive to Cape Royal, is no longer than 36.7km, which is about one hour from the Grand Canyon Lodge. The Cape Royal Road is memorable for a few reasons, one being its picturesque views on both sides, alternating between steep rock, green forests and faraway canyon sights. There are a few well-placed picnic sites on the way as... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

There are many places to stop and view the canyon or take a short hike to a wonderful view...a trip out this road is great for sunrises or sunsets! Take your time and enjoy...

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Shelburne, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This drive is a must when visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The drive takes about 2 hours along some very curvy roads with steep drop offs. Make sure to stop at all the key look outs. The fall foliage with the predominate yellow aspens accents the colors of the canyon. I would recommend taking this drive early... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous drive with several opportunities to stop and walk. If visiting in the autumn the leaves are amazing. Highly recommended.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We drove out to Cape Royal the third week of September. The aspens were absolutely raging with bright yellow and green. At one area, it was like a solid blanked of mostly yellow. It has to do with which direction that are of the mountain is facing. The cutoff is 42 miles from Jacob Lake and maybe 12 miles in... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We did the drive and stopped at all observation points. They all have great views and we enjoyed several hikes along this drive. We had a wonderful day! Definitely a must-do experience when you are at the North Rim.

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Campton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The road in from the visitor center and north rim lodge is about 15-18 miles. It is paved and narrow at some points but after about 10 miles it has been repaved and improved. Take your time, watch for others on the curves and hike to the point for spectacular photo opportunities.

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Zebulon, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We really enjoyed the trees and wildflowers along the drive, and whenever we stopped at observation points we had spectacular canyon views. This is an experience not to be missed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Drive is well worth it - but a little scary. They need to enforce the no long trailers on that road. The views were great - many pictures were taken.

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