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Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion
"Journey through beautiful countryside on your way to the magnificent Grand Canyon named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World by CNN. Take in the awesome views and have a bite to eat on the train. Sit back as the crew members share engaging commentary about the train it's history and many journeys. The ride takes you across open countryside with mountain views before reaching the Grand Canyon by noon.Upon arrival you'll have free time to explore before your guide meets you for your Grand Canyon rim tour. After the tour enjoy drop-off back at your Flagstaff hotel. """"Take a step back in time as you travel on the historic Grand Canyon Railroad. Each car of this Arizona railroad which made it's maiden voyage in 1901
From $207.00
 
"25-minute Grand Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour from Tusayan
"25-minute Grand Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour from Tusayan Arizona""You will depart from Tusayan Arizona located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on the safest and most comfortable tourism-based helicopter in the world. On your 25-minute helicopter flight enjoy the luxurious comfort and wraparound windows which offers breathtaking views of the Canyon. You will first fly over the 1.6 million-acre (6500 km²) Kaibab National Forest which borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. The Kaibab National Forest is home to the world’s largest ponderosa pines. Fly north through the Dragon Corridor
From $225.00
 
"45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan
"45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan Arizona ""You will depart Tusayan Arizona located in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on the safest and most comfortable-tourism based helicopter in the world. On your 45-minute helicopter flight enjoy the luxurious comfort and wraparound windows which offer breathtaking views of the Canyon. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Canyon as you fly over the 1.6 million-acre (6500 km²) Kaibab National Forest which borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. The Kaibab National Forest is home to the world’s largest ponderosa pines. Upon reaching the edge of the canyon
From $256.00

Desert View Tips (12)

Desert View Point ~East End

Desert View is near the East entrance into the park and where the Historic Watch Tower is located and many other servcies such a book store, restrooms, market place, service station, campground, and...
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Yaqui
Dec 27, 2016

Desert View Tower Stop

If you are entering The Grand Canyon from Cameron (or the East), take a few minutes to stop at the Desert View area. Not only will you get your first glimpse at the Canyon, you can enjoy the...
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mikehanneman
Jun 02, 2011

Sunset at Desert View Point

Our second sunset at the Grand Canyon was out at Desert View Point. You also get some great views of the snaking Colorado river from here.We went for the ranger talk which started about an hour before...
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vichatherly
Feb 11, 2011

Desert View Watchtower

The Desert View Watchtower, constructed in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower, gives you a magnificent view of the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert to the east and the San Fransico Peaks...
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vichatherly
Feb 11, 2011

Desert View Drive

The drive along the East side is beautiful, with lots of turn-outs, great scenery and every angle is a little different. You can go at your own pace in your own car. It's a nice break from the crowds...
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ddbleu
Jun 09, 2008

Desert View Update

The overlook offers shopping, dining, restrooms and ample parking space. And some spectacular views of the Canyon, of course. Since, looking west, you see, say, all across the Canyon, the distances in...
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witness_wannabe
Jun 12, 2007

Desert View

We drove along the South Rim from Mather Point to Desert View by the eastern park entrance. We had decided to make a stop there, since it is the highest point on the southern side. There is an...
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Rusket
Jan 28, 2007

Desert View Overlook

Desert View, at 7,438 feet above sea level, is probably the second busiest place of the park, as it is the first overlook from the East Entrance on Hwy 64. Here is one of the few spots with plenty of...
Ewingjr98
Sep 25, 2006

Watchtower at Desert View

The first stop along the Desert View Drive (coming from the east) is Desert View. You can gas up your car here if you didn't outside the park. The Watchtower, a 70 foot high tower modeled after...
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PinkFloydActuary
Oct 08, 2005

Desert View: More subtle than black & white

At Desert View, there is a watch tower that takes you up four floors, offering a different perspective of Grand Canyon. The cost of admission is 25cents. Desert View is an important point of Grand...
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coolpanda87
Jan 19, 2004

Desert View

This is a watchtower that you climb up for a 25 cent donation. The views from the top are fantastic, affording views of the canyon, the Colorado River, and as far away as the Pained Desert! I...
dzni
Aug 26, 2002

Watchtower at Desert View

A 20 metre high stone tower built in 1932. Here is one of the few South Rim overlooks from which the Colorado River can be glimpsed.
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sunnywong
Oct 27, 2002
 
 
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Things to Do Near Grand Canyon

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Lookout Studio

Built in 1914 and designed by Mary Colter, this building was designed to look like a pueblo Indian dwelling. Made of limestone the same as the upper Grand Canyon walls, this building blends into it's...
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Bright Angel Trail

You will find dozens of tips already written on the Bright Angel Trail, just here on Virtualtourist. This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the assorted hiking guides to the region you will...
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Kolb Studio

It’s going to be nearly impossible for me to write less than a novel about this one as if you’ve ever seen the work of these pioneer photographers of the Grand Canyon and understand what they did -...
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Mather Point

Mather Point is one of the popular destinations in the South Rim area of the Grand Canyon. It is extremely crowded, and you may have to wait a while to get to the location you want to get to in order...
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South Rim

The Abyss is one of the small pull offs, but well worth it. It is where it drops 3,000 feet down. It is from here you can see Tonto Plateau really well. It has some significant hand rails/guards and...
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Hopi Point

The houses of the Hopi shelter, storage and work and ceremonial practices. The stone and mortar is coated with plaster and painted with whitewash. The clay is used to connect the strusture elements....
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