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National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center

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Address: 450 State Route 64, Tusayan, AZ 86023
Phone Number: 928 638 2203
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Located at the South Rim entrance of the Grand Canyon, the Visitor Center...

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.

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$25*
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Grand Canyon IMAX Movie
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$78*
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Grand Canyon South Rim Jeep Tour with Transport from Tusayan
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$239*
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flights with Optional Jeep Tour

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There are not many choices near the Grand Canyon park. Those few choices are not very clean or have a very good selection of gifts, information and food. The food everywhere... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Melissa R
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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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51 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not really into the video...Just wanted to see it. More of a food place and tourist trap for selling trinkets. There was a little information there, but nothing I didn't find out from the ranger station at the canyon itself.

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bangalore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Grand Canyon movie at the visitor centre is an absolute treat to watch. Beautifully made. Its a great experience.

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Thank apukash
IMAXgrandcanyon, Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of the center and the movie, we enjoy having people stop and visit, Marty More 

Townsville, Australia
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328 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To be honest I've been in numerous National Geographics around the world and expected more of this one. The centre itself is more like a timeshare stall for Pink Jeeps, staff were not friendly or interested in chatting with customers. The IMAX was good although old. Warning don't eat there.

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IMAXgrandcanyon, Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

I appreciate your candid review and hope you were able to find the maps, the photo gallery and all of the other activities available. I would definitely like to know why you warn of not dining here, if you'd like to call I'd be happy to talk to you. Marty More 

Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The strangest Imax movie ever. Not sure what the point was off this movie. Thought it would be about how the Grand Canyon was formed etc... however it had stealing children, cowboys and Indians themed. Not worth the visit. The visitors centre well run, clean restrooms and millions of souvenirs.

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IMAXgrandcanyon, Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

The movie is told from the perspective of John Wesley Powell who was among the first to explore and map the Canyon. There are as many ways of telling the story of the Canyon as there are years in it's development, we chose the inhabitants and explorers. Marty More 

Edison, New Jersey
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was great to learn more about the Grand Canyon. The history was interesting. Nice place to visit at night..

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Thank Dnnklly
IMAXgrandcanyon, Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

I'm so glad you were able to stop and enjoy the movie and your visit. Thank you for your review, Marty More 

Lucedale, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in an hour before closing time to ask a few questions, use the facilities, and check out the brochures they had to offer. The staff was SUPERBLY friendly and went out of their way to help us. Restrooms were immaculate and stocked. Gift shop was very large and there was a fantastic array of different items to choose from.... More 

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IMAXgrandcanyon, Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

And we are glad you found time to stop and see us. I'll certainly print your review and post it where the staff can enjoy it. Thank you again, Marty More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

How is it even possible to conceal an IMAX. This place is full of National Geographic merchandise, which is fair enough, but the way they do it makes it hard to do the IMAX, which is why we were there. We went through the front doors, tried four places to buy IMAX tickets before we found the right one which... More 

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Thank Andrew M
IMAXgrandcanyon, Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

I'm sorry you had such a hard timing finding the ticket counter and entrance. We located the ticket counter on the parking lot sign to help reduce the confusion. I'll look into making certain that the entrance sign is visible. Marty More 

Chandler, Arizona, United States
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are not many choices near the Grand Canyon park. Those few choices are not very clean or have a very good selection of gifts, information and food. The food everywhere near the park is NOT good. You feel like you're in a time warp of 40 years ago on the prairie... This store made me feel more comfortable. We... More 

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Thank Melissa R
IMAXgrandcanyon, Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

I'm glad that we were able to make you feel comfortable and hope you enjoyed the remainder of your visit. Some great tips for fellow travelers and thank you for coming. Marty More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice center, great staff but hubby and I both found the movie slow moving and disjointed. I was not the only one who napped. Certainly not up to usual caliber of NG.

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IMAXgrandcanyon, Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and I'm sorry we didn't quite keep you awake. The story is told from the perspective of those who used and explored the Canyon. Thank you for your review, Marty More 

Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We watched the 35 minute Imax moving about the Grand Canyon, and it is very well done, and very informative (without feeling like a boring history lesson). Well worth the $15 or so dollars, if you are interested in the canyon.

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IMAXgrandcanyon, Manager at National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and so glad you were able to see the movie too. Marty More 

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