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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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Description: 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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Stop here on way to canyon

The short IMAX movie on the Grand Canyon is inexpensive and a nice intro to the canyon. It's a nice place for a bathroom break as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I really expected more from National Geographic. They offered overpriced souvenirs and snacks for sale, typical tourist stuff. We bought tickets for the Grand Canyon there. Imax movie was horribly disappointing. I've seen far better ones at Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Kennedy Space Center and even Disney World. This Imax didn't know what it wanted to be...glimpses of the... More 

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

Thank you for your visit and glad you found the entrance passes for the park. Luckily most find that the information given by our staff prior to entering into the park is extremely useful and that the film sets up their visit. The cinematography offers glimpses of the Grand Canyon that you will never see any other way. Marty More 

Columbia, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Imax movie was interesting and helped set up the history for my kids (ages 16 and 7). Price was a little high for a 34 minute movie, but there are coupons at local restaurants and hotels so be sure to get those. There were some other neat features about the visitor center that we didn't explore much - like the... More 

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

So glad that you were able to visit and see the IMAX and found it enjoyable. Marty More 

West Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I've now been to the Grand Canyon twice and it's still got me in awe. I used the shuttle service for the first time this year and it is great and free. We got some excellent photos of our group on the edge of the canyon (or at least it looks like it in the photos) I must must must... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Came here to take advantage of the Park-N-Ride - this is a great way to get into the park. Bought our park pass at the kiosk in the front lobby (next to the Pink Jeep counter) then hopped on the bus right out front. The shuttle bus bypasses the long lines at the entrance station and drops people at the... More 

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

Thanks so much for stopping and utilizing the park shuttle system. We try to make it as painless as possible to enjoy your time at the Grand Canyon. Our movie is a great starting point for anyones visit to the Grand Canyon. Thanks again, Marty More 

Plano, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Quick IMAX film which gave the kids a good feel for history of the Canyon. Not cheap 12 for adults 10 for kids over 5 under 5 free but worth it

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We stopped at the National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center as we had read it was better to pick up your park entrance pass there vs getting it at the park entrance. We stopped around 9AM and were really surprised it was not crowded at all. We asked when we went inside that we wanted to pick up a park... More 

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

I appreciate your review and apologize if someone couldn't help you with the senior pass. It is true that we aren't able to issue the senior or America the Beautiful passes as they are only provided by the National Park Service. If you are simply getting the vehicle pass and or riding the shuttle we are the place to stop.... More 

Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The movie is medicore and over priced. The free movie in the park visitor's center is better.You can book tours here and pay admission to the park which might save time. I would not make this a destination to see, but it would work for a potty break.

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

Hi and thank you for your point of view. Our IMAX film is a spectacular way of kicking off your visit to the Grand Canyon and to show you what you won't be able to see when you visit. Marty More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were pleased that we stopped here before our visit to the Grand Canyon. We were advised to buy our day pass there, rather than at the entrance of the park. In the end this saved us a bit of time. We further got a lot of useful information about the shuttle bus and different hiking trails. We felt as... More 

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

Thank you so much for stopping and seeing us, our I'm so glad our staff was able to help you plan you trip and save some time too. Marty More 

Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The short IMAX movie on the Grand Canyon is inexpensive and a nice intro to the canyon. It's a nice place for a bathroom break as well.

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

We're so glad you stopped and found our visitors center useful. Our movie runs every hour on the 1/2 hour starting at 8:30am. Thank you for your review, Marty More 

Dover, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We enjoyed watching the movie since we were not going to take a guided tour. Lots of information here. You can rent bikes here.

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

So glad you took the time to visit and enjoyed the movie. Bike rentals are available inside the park and offer a great way to casually see the park. Thanks for your review, Marty More 

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Address: 450 State Route 64, Tusayan, AZ 86023
Phone Number: 928 638 2203
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tusayan

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