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South Rim Drive

Chinle, AZ
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Chinle
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de Chelly.
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Sedona, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Well laid out, with lots of "pull outs"...and vendors. Recommend this ride be done after a Canyon tour; that way you have some 'perspective', and know what to look for. Binoculars are a must to see the various ruins, as they are quite distant from the rim. We liked White House, and Spider Rock the best. There are people selling... More

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Winston-Salem,NC
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208 reviews 208 reviews
55 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

So cool to view Anasazi ruins from the top after we went on the Canyon floor tour the day before - would recommend doing it in this order for the best understanding of the Canyon

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HENDERSON
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Drive to the last overlook and work your way back. Different vantages and views which are all beautiful!

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Colorado Springs
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Going at your own pace and stay as long as you like taking pictures. Fantastic views. Go in morning so not taking pictures into the sun.

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Yuma, AZ
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127 reviews 127 reviews
47 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The north rim has two scenic overlooks, while the south has 17. If your time is limited, go for the south rim drive. Stop by the visitors center for good information about the canyon before you take the drive. Photos are probably best earlier in the morning or late in the day, particularly if it is a cloudless day.

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Rutherford, Tennessee 38369
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Be sure to take the guided tour as well as this drive Views were excellent and the Navaho vendors is worth stopping and purchasing their wares

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Hartford cheshire
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91 reviews 91 reviews
28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you need to get out the hotel (and you will) the Canyon is amazing – don’t by pass it, it is breathtaking.

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Valrico, Florida
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200 reviews 200 reviews
143 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Given you have a total of 7 overlooks and access to the White House Ruins Trail this is the drive to take if you do not have time for both.

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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90 reviews 90 reviews
24 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Driving the South rim and stopping at the overlooks is a very enjoyable way to spend the half day it takes to see things. Since this was our first trip to Canyon de Chelley, it is worth it to stop and enjoy them.

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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128 reviews 128 reviews
104 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The viewing points along this drive are impressive and come up frequently. Well worth spending half a day doing just this.

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