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Popular Grand Canyon Destinations and Locations

Grand Canyon Destinations

When planning a trip to the canyon, many travelers ask where the Grand Canyon is located…the answer is at over one million acres and 277 miles in length, the Grand Canyon offers many different destinations to visit.  Beyond Grand Canyon National Park, the Navajo, Hualapai, and Havasupai Tribes, as well Grand Canyon Parashaunt National Monument all manage different areas of the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding tribal lands, Monument and National Forests are vast, so a well-planned trip will ensure you make the most of your Grand Canyon adventure.  Below you’ll find a list of the major travel destinations in Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding areas as well as their locations. Understanding where different destinations are located will help you plan the activities and accommodations you need to ensure an amazing trip.

The South Rim is the most popular destination and is known for the best views from the canyon rim.  The South Rim also offers the most services and best access for Grand Canyon travelers. The North Rim, which is only open seasonally offers more solitude and great hiking opportunities, but fewer services and more difficult access to the canyon. The West Rim, also known as Grand Canyon West is located on the Hualapai Reservation and hosts Grand Canyon's newest attraction the Grand Canyon Skywalk.  In the far western Grand Canyon off the North Rim is a remote area known as Tuweep. Tuweep, also called Toroweap is one of the most isolated areas in Grand Canyon National Park and offers a primitive campground, hiking and few tourists.  If you travel below the rim, you’ll find Phantom Ranch, Havasu Falls and the mighty Colorado River, places that offer a true canyon adventure! Check out more information on Grand Canyon destinations, so you can plan your Grand Canyon Adventure today. Read the guide below to learn more.

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List of Grand Canyon Destinations

Most Popular Grand Canyon Destinations

Grand Canyon South Rim

The hub of Grand Canyon National Park, the South Rim and Grand Canyon village are known for some of the best Grand Canyon vistas. This is also where most of the lodging options and amenities are located. Get more destination and location information for travel to Grand Canyon’s South Rim.

Grand Canyon North Rim

The quiet side of the Canyon, the North Rim is totally difference experience. Opened from mid-May until the first snow this destination is a great place to see the Grand Canyon without the hordes. Get more destination and location information for travel to Grand Canyon’s North Rim.

Grand Canyon West Rim

Located outside of Grand Canyon National Park, the West Rim is located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation near Lake Mead. This is the home of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass bridge that stretches beyond the Canyon Rim. Get more destination and location information for travel to Grand Canyon’s West Rim.

Classic Grand Canyon Destinations

Grand Canyon East Rim

This isolated area is where Grand Canyon National Park begins. The East Rim, also called Marble Canyon is where Lees Ferry is located and the jumping off point for multi-day rafting trips down the Grand. Get more destination and location information for travel to Marble Canyon and the East Rim.

Colorado River

Rafters, hikers and fisherman alike all want to get to the Colorado River, but it’s not always easy. It can days to hike to it, weeks to raft through it, and there are only 2 roads that end at the Colorado River in all of the Grand Canyons vast wilderness. Get more destination and location information for travel to the Inner Grand Canyon and Colorado River.

Nearby Cities

A destination as big as the Grand Canyon is has numerous gateway cities and towns to use as a base camp and access the park. These destinations are located near different entrances or access point to the Grand Canyon. Make sure you choose the right city to get the services you need and access to the Grand Canyon attractions you want to experience. Learn more about Cities near the Grand Canyon.

Nearby Parks

The Grand Canyon is great, but there are a lot of other amazing destinations close by you should check out if you have the time. Our Area Parks pages will give you information on other National Parks, Monuments and Forests that are in close proximity to the Grand Canyon. Learn more about Grand Canyon Area Parks.

Grand Canyon’s Hidden Gems

Phantom Ranch

The most popular place at the bottom of the Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch is actually a lodge that visitors need to hike or take a mule to Phantom Ranch is also used interchangeably with Bright Angel Campground, the Parks backcountry campsite only a few hundred yards away the lodge. Get more destination and location information for travel to Phantom Ranch.

Havasu Falls

The beautiful turquoise waterfalls of the Havasupai Tribe are located west of Grand Canyon Village near the town of Seligman, AZ. Just remember you can’t drive to Havasu Falls, so getting there requires a sense of adventure. Learn more about Havasu Falls.


A little visited section of Grand Canyon National Park Tuweep (aka Toroweap) is located in the far western Canyon, near Fredonia Arizona, and entails about 60 miles of dirt road driving to access. Spring and Fall are the best time to visit this area due to its low elevation and hot weather. Get more destination and location information for travel to Tuweep.


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