The Grand Canyon National Park needs no introduction. No matter how many photos you’ve seen of this natural wonder, nothing beats standing at the rim for the very first time. As you gaze out over the edge, you’ll find 277 miles of rugged red and orange peaks, plateaus, and gorges stretching before you as far as the eye can see. Discover this millions-of-years-old national treasure along its many hiking trails, atop a mule, or from a helicopter in the sky. Get ready to plan a tour you’ll never forget with insider tips for authentic and unique experiences from Tourlane’s Travel Experts. Start planning your Grand Canyon vacation today!
Horseshoe-shaped glass walkway
Scenic drive with viewpoints
You’ll think you’re walking on air as you wander the horseshoe-shaped glass walkway, which towers an eye-watering 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon. Located at Grand Canyon West on the tribal lands of the Hualapai Indian Tribe, this magnificent walkway offers multiple panoramic viewpoints of the canyon and the Colorado River. It's one of the best ways to see the canyon from every angle—even from above. Visitors may find themselves grabbing the handrails as they look down through the 4-inch glass floor at the gaping abyss below.
Enjoy a scenic 8-mile tour of the South Rim on Hermit Road. This route, popular for its stunning views, is packed with nine spectacular Grand Canyon overlooks and historic sites, including Mohave Point, Pima Point, the Abyss, and Hermit’s Rest. The road is only open to private vehicles during the winter months, but you can walk along the Rim Trail, hop on a free shuttle, or join a commercial tour.
This iconic spot is hidden deep within a 20-mile hike along the Grand Canyon. For seasoned hikers and campers with a taste for incredible views and swimming in sparkling turquoise waterfalls—this is the hidden gem you want to see. You’ll travel along trails maintained by the Havasupai Tribe, which means “people of the blue-green waters”, until you reach the lime-rich waters of the falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. It’s a long hike, but you’ll be rewarded at the end with a refreshing dip in emerald and sapphire waters surrounded by stunning vistas.
Take a trip back in time at this five-story photography studio perched on the canyon wall above Bright Angel Trailhead. Established by Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, these brothers built a business photographing early tourism at the Grand Canyon. The pair were famous for their death-defying antics to get the perfect shot. Today, the studio is a delightful art gallery and bookstore where visitors can stop and learn about these fantastic adventurers turned entrepreneurs and their role in transforming the canyon into the icon it is today.
Descend to the canyon floor or ride along the canyon’s rim, looking at the incredible landscapes through the ears of a sturdy, sure-footed mule. While it’s not a ride for the faint of heart, it is one of the most memorable, unique ways to experience the canyon. Your wranglers will lead you through the rocky trails as they share information about geologic formations, history, and more.
Take an exhilarating helicopter flight to get incredible 360-degree views of landmarks like Desert Point View, Dragon Corridor, Horseshoe Bend, and Lake Mead! You can soar into the sky or descend right into the depths of the canyon for a life-changing aerial experience. There are numerous tours available—your Tourlane Travel Expert can help recommend the best options for the sites you’d like to see. Less