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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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Nearly as crowded as the North Rim will get, but the scenery is awesome. People-watching and accent identification rank as activities for those so inclined. Semi-hard re-entry for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Phoenix, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Nearly as crowded as the North Rim will get, but the scenery is awesome. People-watching and accent identification rank as activities for those so inclined. Semi-hard re-entry for wilderness/solitude types.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Just a little off of the beaten path on the North Rim side. so worth the trip. trails are all paved so anyone may enjoy the spectacular views

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Harrison, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A very beautiful drive along the rim edge with views and vistas all along the way, but the road is narrow and very curvy. It is posted at 35mph , I'm very accustomed to curvy road , but this one even had me driving slow... which was ok , because there is a lot to look at.

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St. Thomas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Well worth the additional miles. A must see. Good hiking trails and photo opportunities. Good for picnicking.

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Atascadero, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The drive to Cape Royal will take a minimum of an hour each way. Add on an hour or two of being amazed an you might have the afternoon of your life. We sure did. We went early and on this August day we were met by fog and drizzle. We never give up and we kept on. Oh look... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Got the tip to take the 30-minute drive from the North Rim (Grand Canyon Lodge) to this amazing lookout point. This is the widest, most expansive view you can find on the North Rim, and the ONLY SPOT you can actually see the Colorado River from the North Rim.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We drove up to this point from The North Rim Lodge. Well worth the time. The Canyon up here is very different from the views you get down at the lodge. This is a very easily accessible paved trail that is surrounded with all the clearly identified flora and fauna of this area. During our trip in July everything was... More 

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Katy, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Quite a drive to the end but worth it. There are several other scenic stops along the way. A short walk out from the parking lot. Easy walk with wide gravel path.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The road itself is typical NPS (3 pips as an “average” NPS road). Several of the viewpoints are nice – but I am only rating the road here.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Drive is worth the time if you are someone who wants to see something more than the typical south rim views. Window Rock view is unique and from the right angle you can see the river through the "window" or have your family on top of it in a group photograph.

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