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Day Trip To The Grand Canyon South Rim

Picture of the Grand Canyon from Lookout Studio
View From Lookout Studio

If you're staying in Phoenix or Scottsdale area, do yourself a favor and take a day trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Grand Canyon is about 235 miles (one way) from Phoenix. The drive takes about 4.5 hours depending upon the origination point in the Valley of the Sun.

The trip can make for a very long day, so leave early. The best plan is staying overnight so you can spend an entire day discovering the total experience of the Canyon. We recommend a "Loop Tour" by entering at Grand Canyon Village and exiting at the eastern-most end of the Canyon.

Grand Canyon Loop Tour

It will be a breathtaking and soul-enriching experience. The Canyon is is massive. Beyond comprehension. Stand in awe of what took mother nature millions upon millions of years to sculpt. Enter the South Rim of the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon Village.

It is the busiest part of the South Rim. Stroll the edge of the Rim Trail. Walk out on the Yavapai Observation Station. Soak-up the views from Kolb Studio. Join the folks at Mather Lookout Point. Watch the Grand Canyon Train arrive and disembark.

To get differing perspectives, head east along Desert View Drive as it meanders in and out of lookout points as it makes its 26 mile journey to the eastern-most edge of the Grand Canyon. The east end is less crowded yet features some of the most spectacular views.

Head back south to Flagstaff. Stop by the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Have a bite to eat and shop. You will see views of the eastern side of the Painted Desert. On your way to Flagstaff, catch the views of the San Francisco Peaks, the highest mountain range in Arizona at 12,300 feet. Either spend the night in Flagstaff or continue the journey back to the Phoenix area.

Directions To Grand Canyon From Phoenix

Take Interstate 17 (Black Canyon Freeway) North to Flagstaff which is about 150 miles depending upon origination point. When reaching downtown Flagstaff, take Humphreys Street north to Columbus Avenue. Turn north on Columbus which becomes Highway 180. Take 180 to Highway 64 at Valle, Arizona. Drive north on 64 to the Grand Canyon Village. This route is about 70 miles from downtown Flagstaff.


Map Directions To The Grand Canyon South Rim

Map of Suggested Day Trip Tour of the Grand Canyon South Rim

More Related Information

Grand Canyon South Rim Pictures

Compliments of Robert Body.

Picture of Mather Point at the Grand Canyon
View of Mather Point
View of Mather Point

Yavapai Point Picture
Yavapai Point
Yavapai Point

Picture of Ooh-Aah Point
Ooh-Aah Point along South Kaibab Trail
Ooh-Aah Point along South Kaibab Trail

This page was last modified on 16 November 2012 at 03:31

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