With so many different sights and attractions to see when touring the Grand Canyon, it can be difficult to decide on the best places to visit. Whether you want to tour the North Rim or the South Rim, there are definitely a handful of attractions that you do not want to miss.
The Grand Canyon Village
Probably the most visited place in the entire canyon is the main Grand Canyon Village. Considered to be the hub of activity and main point of transportation, this is the only spot in the entire canyon that has a railroad reaching the rim of the canyon. One of the best parts of the village is the Historic District. Consisting of many buildings that were originally constructed in the early 1900s, visitors can see the Lookout Studio and the Hopi House.
Yavapai Museum of Geology
Just one mile east of the Market Plaza, the Yavapai Museum provides some of the best views of the Grand Canyon that you will ever see. Visitors will also be able to view a wide range of geological displays, like beautiful photographs, 3D models and interactive panels that give visitors a better understanding of the canyon’s geologic history.
Grand Canyon Visitor Center
Part of the South Rim, just south of Mather Point, this is the place to find any book that you might be looking for. The visitor center also provides a large assortment of useful information about the Grand Canyon National Park and what to do once inside. Here you will also be able to see a film on the Grand Canyon titled A Journey of Wonder.
The Desert View Watchtower
Built as a prehistoric replica of an Indian tower in 1932, the Desert View Watchtower offers an incredible view of the Painted Desert, Grand Canyon, South Rim and the San Francisco Peaks to the east.
The Tusayan Ruin and Museum
Here you will be able to catch a glimpse of the Pueblo Indian history. Showing a way of life that is more than 800 years old, the Tusayan Ruin and Museum can be found 3 miles west of the Desert View Watchtower.
Grand Canyon Lodge
Because the North Rim only has about 10 percent of the canyon’s total visitors, there is only one lodge. Offering lodging by Forever Resorts and one developed campground, the Grand Canyon Lodge should be seen by anyone that visits the North Rim.
The North Rim Visitor Center
Located right near the Grand Canyon Lodge, the North Rim Visitor Center is perfect for anyone that is touring this part of the Grand Canyon. Here you will be able to receive important information, brochures, maps and see historic exhibits.
Bright Angel Point
Located on the entrance road’s south end, Bright Angel Point offers an amazing view of the Grand Canyon. Within the point is a trail that can be somewhat steep with sudden drop-offs and high stairs. This spot offers the most dramatic sights that you will encounter.
This is the highest point of the North Rim at 8,803 feet. Overlooking the Painted Dessert and the eastern side of the Grand Canyon, Point Imperial should not be missed if you are traveling to the North Rim. There are some spots at Imperial Point that cannot be seen from other places like Bright Angel Point.
Cape Royal offers an immaculate view in all directions. In fact, this is the one spot that many regard as the best place to see the sun set and rise. You will also see a breathtaking view of the Colorado River sweeping through Unkar Delta as it’s perfectly framed against Angels Window’s natural arch.