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How to Spend 2 Days in Grand Canyon National Park

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How to Spend 2 Days in Grand Canyon National Park
With two days in Grand Canyon National Park, you have an entire day to explore the popular sights along the South Rim as well as a day to learn about the history and culture of the Grand Canyon and tackle on an outdoor adventure or two. Here are a few ideas on how to spend your two days in Grand Canyon National Park.   

Day 1: Explore the Grand Canyon South Rim
Morning: Get an early start and hike along the Rim Trail from Grand Canyon Village and enjoy the sunrise at Yaki or Mather points. Alternatively, hike a short distance down Bright Angel Trail while the weather is still cool. Stop by the Visitor’s Center for trail maps and a quick introduction to the geology of the Grand Canyon.  

Afternoon: One of the most exhilarating ways to see the Grand Canyon is from air. Helicopter tours and scenic flights take off from the South Rim as well as Las Vegas and Flagstaff. Choices include scenic rides and luxury tours, and aerial tours often include gourmet dinners and below-the-rim landings. 

Night: After a day exploring popular South Rim spots, take the shuttle bus out of the Village onto Hermit’s Rest Road for drop-off at one of several viewpoints in time for sunset. The lookouts are superb at sunset and offer a reprieve from the crowds at Grand Canyon Village. 

Day 2: Native American Culture and Outdoor Adventures
Morning: Head to Grand Canyon's East Rim to visit Desert View Watchtower, an Ancestral Puebloan-inspired tower clinging to the edge of the canyon. Then stop by the ruins of an 800-year-old Ancestral Puebloan village at Tusayan Ruin and learn about the ancient people who once made this canyon home at Tusayan Museum. 

Afternoon: Back at Grand Canyon Village, browse Native American crafts at Hopi House and art exhibits and pioneer photographs at Kolb Studio. Adventurous travelers might take a jeep adventure, join a cycling tour, or skydive over the rim.  

Night: For your final night at Grand Canyon National Park, enjoy live music at Bright Angel Bar or an elegant dinner at historic El Tovar. With clear skies and low light pollution, stargazing at the Grand Canyon is fantastic. Join a ranger-led stargazing tour or enjoy the starry skies from the rim.
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45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona

45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona

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Take an exhilarating helicopter flight that whisks you from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim to the North Rim. Through the ECO-Star helicopter’s panoramic windows, see the world's largest ponderosa pines in Kaibab National Forest and the mighty Colorado River. Snap photos of the Painted Desert, Desert View Watchtower, Marble Canyon, and Point Imperial before your return flight takes you through the dramatic backdrop of the Dragon Corridor. Choose from a wide selection of departure times to suit your schedule.
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Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix

Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix

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Journey through stunning Arizona landscapes on this full-day tour from the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Visit the Grand Canyon and explore Route 66 with an expert guide who handles all the driving and logistics, leaving you free to soak in the incredible scenery. Explore highlights of the Grand Canyon, and drive through the Sonoran Desert on this small-group tour. With numbers limited to 13 participants, you can enjoy a more intimate experience of the Southwest's natural beauty. Choose between a small-group or private option.
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  • 13 hours
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Grand Canyon Tour from Flagstaff

Grand Canyon Tour from Flagstaff

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Explore Grand Canyon National Park and the canyon's South Rim on this full-day tour from Flagstaff. While you travel, listen to engaging commentary from your guide, take in the scenery, and keep watch for mule deer and California condors. Walk a bit of the Rim Trail for up-close views of the natural rock formations. Midday, stop for lunch at a local Navajo country restaurant that serves Mexican, American, and Navajo dishes. Entrance fees and round-trip hotel transportation included.
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  • 8 hours
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Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package

Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package

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Journey across the Northern Arizona countryside on a full-day journey aboard the Grand Canyon Railway. Hear folklore and stories from the crew and witness authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life on this scenic adventure. Arrive at Grand Canyon Depot and choose from a variety of activities, including a narrated motor coach tour of Grand Canyon National Park. Upgrade to include first class seats and a buffet lunch at the Maswick Lodge at the Grand Canyon.
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  • 8 hours
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Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane

Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane

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See some of the Grand Canyon's most popular landmarks on this incredible 40-minute, fixed-wing airplane adventure. Enjoy aerial views of the Grand Canyon’s East Rim, featuring Horseshoe Bend; the Painted Desert of badlands, located in the Four Corners area from Grand Canyon National Park into Petrified Forest National Park and Imperial Point, the Grand Canyon’s highest spire. Also, fly over the North Rim and Kaibab National Forest, which borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon.
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Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views

Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views

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Make the most of limited time and see the highlights of Grand Canyon National Park in just a couple of hours on this sightseeing tour. Ride in a windowless, open-air Hummer and listen to commentary from your guide as you visit some of the canyon’s best lookout points, where you can hop out, take photos, and explore. Since this is a small-group tour, you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions, too.
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Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure by Plane with Skywalk

Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure by Plane with Skywalk

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Experience the majesty of the American Southwest with a full-day, all-inclusive tour to the Grand Canyon by air. Enjoy a round-trip scenic flight from Phoenix, and touch down at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, site of the Hualapai Reservation. Travel on land to Eagle Point for Native American cultural performances, sweeping views of the Grand Canyon, lunch on the canyon rim, a helicopter ride to the bottom of the canyon, a boat cruise on the Colorado River and admission to the thrilling Grand Canyon Skywalk.
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Skydive the Grand Canyon

Skydive the Grand Canyon

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Secure your spot in advance, and experience aerial views of the Grand Canyon on this tandem skydiving adventure. Feel the thrill as you take the plunge from 15,000ft - 17,000ft, with your expert instructor controlling the parachute. Once deployed, enjoy the calm ride and views on your way back to land. Photos and video are available for purchase after your excursion.
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Grand Canyon West Rim by Tour Trekker with Optional Upgrades

Grand Canyon West Rim by Tour Trekker with Optional Upgrades

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Travel to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon by luxury SUV on this small-group tour from Las Vegas. You have several upgrade options: take a full tour of Hoover Dam en route; fly to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in a helicopter for spectacular views; or cruise down the Colorado River by boat after the heli-flight. Spend free time exploring the Grand Canyon's attractions at your leisure. Round-trip hotel transport and lunch are included.
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Grand Canyon East Rim Drive by Jeep and IMAX Movie

Grand Canyon East Rim Drive by Jeep and IMAX Movie

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Get to know the Grand Canyon on this guided Jeep tour around the East Rim. Begin with a visit to the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center’s IMAX Theater and watch “Grand Canyon: the Movie.” Then choose one of three different tours: a daytime voyage and two sunset options. Enjoy amazing views of the Grand Canyon’s brilliant colors and various rock formations while learning about the history and geology of the area from the expert tour guide. A hotel pickup and drop-off in the town of Tusayan, AZ is included.
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Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix

Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix

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When visiting Phoenix, a trip to the Grand Canyon is a must-do. This full-day tour takes in Arizona's most scenic landscapes, including the Sonoran Desert, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, and Flagstaff. At the Grand Canyon, follow a route along the East Rim and South Rim, stopping frequently to gaze at stunning views. Have time to walk and eat lunch (own expense) at Grand Canyon Village, and go through the Navajo Nation on your return drive, stopping to shop for Native American crafts at an authentic trading post.
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Sunset in the Grand Canyon from Sedona

Sunset in the Grand Canyon from Sedona

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See the sunset over the Grand Canyon—one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World—during this full-day tour from Sedona or Village of Oak Creek. Visit a historic Navajo trading post and eat dinner at the Grand Canyon Village. National Park entrance fees and round-trip hotel transportation from included.
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  • 12 hours
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