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South Rim Visitor Center
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Grand Canyon East Rim Drive by Jeep and IMAX Movie
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Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

The South Rim Visitor Center is the natural place to start your South Rim adventure, but I recommend not lingering there too long and to get out into the park. When I visited, the movie auditorium was closed. With that, the exhibits there were limited, and I found the information at the Yavapai Station better presented and interesting. Be sure to pick up a park newsletter. Since I researched extensively before coming (thanks, Trip Advisor!), I felt fairly well oriented. I think if you have not done as much prep work before arriving, you should spend more time and formulate a "game plan." Based on others' experience, I would just talk to a ranger and discuss what you want to see. They are able to make great recommendations.

The reason why I give the center four stars as opposed to three is just steps outside, there is a magnificent view of the canyon. You walk outside and beyond the center, and you are blown away at what was just a few feet in front of you. It was my first real view of the Grand Canyon, as it is for most. That being said, it can get crowded, especially when a tour bus unloads. However, there seems to be enough space if everyone is considerate.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is considered less splendid viewing than the remoter North Rim, but is more accessible to travelers by car, tour bus or Railway and certainly not deficient in spectacular views of the breathtaking cliff faces and ridges of this natural wonder, or of silvery glimpses of the winding Colorado River at the Canyon's base.

We accessed it via a Luxury Dome day roundtrip on the Grand Canyon Railway, which afforded us a relaxing, comfortably elegant journey from the historic town of Williams to the Canyon and back, with a quick lunch grabbed at the venerable El Tovar Hotel upon arrival.

Given the timing parameters of the Railway ride, we made a fast trek through the Rim's well-chosen and set-up viewing outposts, aided by the Park Service's vey good complimentary shuttle bus ferrying support. The Canyon vistas are so spectacular you will need to discipline your viewing and photo taking so as to catch your mid-afternoon train return trip on time at the Grand Canyon Depot.

Alternatively, you can minimize your viewing frenzy by lodging overnight at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or the venerable El Tovar Hotel.

Nature famously speaks for herself at the Grand Canyon, so no more words are required to encourage you to make this incredible visit at least once in your lifetime.

1  Thank Rajamora
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Everyone wants to see the Grand Canyon, and both rims are beautiful. The south rim is more easily accessed. But be sure to park your car and take the shuttle from one end of the rim to the other. Traffic is maddening, and the shuttles are very efficient.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

It was a good visitor centre but the man at the information desk was not forthcoming or helpful, nor did he greet us with a smile. He seemed fed up with answering questions, but we really needed to know or we would not have queued up. We left him none the wiser. Perhaps we were unlucky. We otherwise enjoyed our visit and walk along the south rim was fab!

1  Thank Teresa M
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

The south rim is amazing! For $25 you can drive there park up use the complimentary shuttle busses to get to some amazing views or you could hire a bike or even hike a lover the area. This is a must do attraction!

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