We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center

450 State Route 64, Tusayan, AZ 86023
928 638 2203
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #4 of 5 Attractions in Tusayan
Book Now

Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: Located at the South Rim entrance of the Grand Canyon, the Visitor Center provides news, travel information about Grand Canyon attractions, hotels, a... more » Owner description: Located at the South Rim entrance of the Grand Canyon, the Visitor Center provides news, travel information about Grand Canyon attractions, hotels, a variety of selected Grand Canyon tours and Park passes. Visitors can take part in interactive exhibits to learn about the Grand Canyon, watch our famous IMAX movie and talk to local area representatives. Inside the center guests can also enjoy a meal at our Explorer’s Cafe dining area which includes Pizza Hut, fresh deli sandwiches and other items or take their time to browse through our National Geographic branded merchandise store. « less
Write a Review

207 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    77
    75
    42
    10
    3
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Ottawa, Canada
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It is what it is, not sure what you can write here to tell ppl to go. Park rangers were very helpful, site is very clean and has a lot of directions and pamphlet to help you decide what to do, there is so much here that I strongly recommend you do your research before you get there.

Was this review helpful? Yes
IMAXgrandcanyon, General Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

Well said! Thank you for the review. Have a GRAND day, Janet More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We stopped here on our drive from Sedona to the Grand Canyon. The rangers were not terribly helpful; basically gave us a map and said 'keep driving.' I was excited for the IMAX movie. It was a waste of money. The bathrooms and cafeteria were good for a break, but I'd say 'keep driving.'

Was this review helpful? Yes
IMAXgrandcanyon, General Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

I'm sorry we did not meet your expectations. Your comments are appreciated and we will continue to strive to improve our services. Kind regards, Janet More

Austin, TX
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
69 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We stopped at this center to watch the IMAX film. I was hoping for more of a geologic tilt to the whole film because my 9 year old son wanted to know more about erosion, but the film is about human history of the canyon instead. Interesting stuff but was hoping for more of a geologic tilt.

Was this review helpful? Yes
IMAXgrandcanyon, General Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

The movie is a great way to see what lies below the rim and covers 4000 years of human history. If you would like more information about erosion and the formation of the Canyon, I suggest going to the Yavapai Geology Museum located on the rim of the Canyon or taking a Pink Jeep Tour, the guides are experts on... More

Walnut Creek, California
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The Visitor Center was conveniently located on the route into the National Park and provided a wealth of information regarding the history, wildlife and geology of the area. It made the Park experience much more interesting once we entered.

Was this review helpful? Yes
IMAXgrandcanyon, General Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and I wish you safe and happy travels in the future. Kind regards, Janet More

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We enjoyed the gift shop -- there was something for everyone there! The staff at the Visitor's Center was very helpful, they had lots of great suggestions that really helped us to feel more comfortable and confident on our first visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
IMAXgrandcanyon, General Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review! It's feed-back like yours that let us know we are doing what we strive for everyday, to make the most of the Grand Canyon experience. Safe and happy travel to you and yours for the future, Janet More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
388 reviews 388 reviews
167 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This visitors center is located some 3 mms before the entrance of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It´s convenient to buy tickets there and at the same time, they have a IMAX theather where it´s possible to watch a film about the Grand Canyon. My family and I did that and it add value to understand when visiting... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lima, Perú
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The staff is really friendly and helpful. If you are looking for T-shirts and souvenir clothing this is the place to go

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oakville, ontario
Top Contributor
407 reviews 407 reviews
229 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I always thought Nat Geo could have done a better job than this based on their excellent magazines and programs. After visiting this place it was more like a "Tourist Trap" than a presentation centre. Food being offered for sale was average plus a gift shop one could find anywhere. Very disappointing,

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
47 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I guess I expected more than what this was. Lots of great gift items and home to the imax, but that was pretty much it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manila Philippines
Top Contributor
247 reviews 247 reviews
27 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Be able to appreciate the small exhibit area and the photos so that you can soak in the feeling how beautiful the Canyon is. Take time reading the history and background. There is a shop selling nice Canyon and Nat Geo memorabilia.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center also viewed

 

Been to National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing