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Address: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Scenic drive on the East Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Desert view drive

DESERT VIEW DRIVE Very pretty road. Several stops are available on this route. Stop at GrandWiew Point, there is an extraordinary sight on the Colorado at the bottom of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

DESERT VIEW DRIVE Very pretty road. Several stops are available on this route. Stop at GrandWiew Point, there is an extraordinary sight on the Colorado at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It is very beautiful. Then down an impressive pass without too many contours. The Desert View Drive joins the Highway 89 on which, after Cameron, there is the... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The south rim side is way touristy and the shuttle bus trail is way too boring. Instead one should explore east side of park and especially not miss Desert View watch tower. The drive is enjoyable with no or very less traffic.

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Sutton, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our drive out of Grand Canyon on the East Rim drive. I recommend it as the preferred way in / out when heading from / to Bryce / Zion NP.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to avoid the crowds, then the East rim entrance (which is just 20 miles from the South rim entrance) is the place for your Grand Canyon experience. We'd previously done a lot of the other canyons (Bryce, Zion etc) so were concerned that the 'big' one might underwhelm us... it didn't. The East Rim visitor centre is... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Drove from Vegas to see the Grand Canyon and decided to go via the East Rim entrance, and then come back on the West Rim drive. It's about an hour longer drive, but much more interesting scenario with a number of stops before getting to the main area. You get a better scope of just how large and long the... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We drove up from Flagstaff and entered the park via the East Rim entrance, then drove along the 25 mile rim road to the South Rim entrance. It is a gorgeous drive, lots of scenic overlooks, great trail access - and NO TRAFFIC! We entered on the Friday of a holiday weekend and found no other cars at the entrance,... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

The drive along the East Rim Drive gives you access to 6 different view points and a couple of picnic areas and you get to drive through a pygmy forest. Yaki Point requires that you take the shuttle bus but you can drive to all the other view points on your own and they all give you tremendous views. Lipan... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We took a super long trip from California to Las Vegas and then from here to Antelope Canyon, East rim, South rim and back again. Unfortunately the Antelope Canyon was shut due to rain and we couldn't see our hand in front of our face at the South rim because of heavy snow (in May!) !!!?? So the East rim... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

A nice scenic drive along the canyon with beautiful view points along the road. If you are travelling from the East you should definately take this road.

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Fort Collins
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

It is just as scenic as the South Rim and less crowded. There is no shuttle bus service here. You can drive at your leisure. Be sure to stop at Desert View Watchtower. You can climb on top and enjoy the view. Kids will love it. The interior of the watchtower has various Native American drawings. I think there was... More 

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