grand canyon trip planner

There really is no “best rim” to see at the Grand Canyon. The rim that suits you best will depend on who you are travelling with and what you want from your Grand Canyon experience. Read our handy guide to learn more.

You should visit the North Rim if:

  • You’ve already seen the South Rim.
  • You want a quiet getaway and don’t need or want a lot of amenities or activities.
  • You’re more interested in hiking, photography, relaxing, and enjoying nature.

You should visit East Rim if:

  • You want a quiet, non-touristy, untraditional Grand Canyon experience.
  • You don’t have small children – several major viewpoints do not have safety guardrails.
  • You are not travelling to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas.

You should visit the South Rim if:

  • This is your first visit to the Grand Canyon.
  • You want to see the larger, more iconic views of the Canyon.
  • You are a family with small children – the South Rim has more places to stay, amenities, and more to do.
  • You are driving yourself, renting a car, or road tripping.
  • You are visiting from Las Vegas and don’t mind an 18-hour day.
  • You want or need more visitor services.

You should visit the West Rim if:

  • You want to take a shorter day trip than the South Rim.
  • You are coming from Las Vegas.
  • You prefer a guided bus tour.
  • You want to visit the Skywalk and experience views 4,000 feet deep straight down into the Canyon.
  • You are a family who wants to visit the Canyon without the crowds of the South Rim.

For Further Reading

If you want to read more information about each rim of the Canyon, check out these resources:

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