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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
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"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
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"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

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Leave the Car and Take the Bus

We were very impressed with how the bus service was set up.; and it's FREE. Most of the bus drivers are quite friendly and personable, offering a little park info if needed, telling you if you're on the wrong bus, or giving a little friendly patter over the bus PA system. The bus service is essential as part of the park road system is closed to traffic a majority of the time.

There were a fair amount of people at the Grand Canyon when we were there in April, and I could see what a madhouse it could be in summer. We literally left the car in the Yavapai Lodge parking lot for 3 days where we stayed and took the bus everywhere. There are also bus stops at parking lots as well, if you aren't staying in the canyon.

The bus service is divided into three different lines: The Red Line, for Hermit Road; the Blue Line for Grand Canyon Village and area, and the Green Line for a few points on Desert View Drive. For hikers, there are bus stops near the popular trails, such as Hermit's Rest, Bright Angel, and the South Kaibab. It stops at the viewpoints so you can get on and off at your convenience, or if you want to stretch your legs, walk a km or so to the next stop.

It runs a majority of the time every 10-15 minutes (for complete info, read the little park newspaper you get when you go through the gates) and I found it very efficient.

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madamx
Apr 23, 2005

Rim to Rim

If you are interested in hiking Rim to Rim and need a way to get back to your original starting point, then there is a company that runs a bus between the two. The trip is about 4 hours and the schedule when I went in October, 2003 was that it left once per day. Also, the cost when I went was $65 oneway.

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where2next
Oct 15, 2003

FREE shuttle bus system

Grand Canyon National Park provides a FREE shuttle bus system on three routes on the South Rim: the Village Route, the Hermit Rest Route, and the Kaibab Trail Route. No tickets are required. Simply board the brown and tan or white buses at any bus stop marked with a bus symbol on the map. The shuttles provide transportation; they are not tour buses. You must get off the bus to see the canyon. Shuttle service is not available on the North Rim. The Hermits Rest Route is NOT in service between December 1 and February 28. During those three months ONLY, Hermit Road and the road out to Yaki Point/South Kaibab are open to private vehicles.

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sunnywong
Nov 02, 2002

Bustours can bring you to all outlookpoints

Various touringcarorganisations offer tours along both (West and East) Southrim-sides. They connect the several outlookpoints and along the Westrim (in highseason) only these busses are a way to see them all (unless you make the walk).

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Oct 16, 2002
 
 
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Bus trip to the West Rim

We had a short photo stop at Hoover Dam and a comfort stop at Arizona Gateway, then onto the Grand Canyon via the Joshua Tree Forest.

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Nov 03, 2012

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"HIKING THE GRAND CANYON - WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!"
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"The Awesome Beauty of the Grand Canyon"
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"Canyon Dreams"
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"CARVED BY THE COLORADO"
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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

We went on a short trip to Vegas for our 1st wedding anniversary and took a side trip to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. We had intended to spend 2 night here as it was such a long drive to get the...
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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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