The Grand Canyon is a 278-mile gorge inscribed by the legendary Colorado River. With depths of up to a mile, it’s still surprising that the Grand Canyon isn’t considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Most people believe that the best way to enjoy beautiful views of this spectacular gorge is to visit Grand Canyon National Park. Unfortunately, only part of it is visible from the park. Opting for other scenic viewpoints will do the trick.
Here are the 10 best Grand Canyon vantage points for stunning views.
ten Desert view tower
Built in 1932, the Desert View Tower needs no introduction to Arizona vacationers. It’s one of the first things vacationers arriving from the east see upon reaching the Grand Canyon. This viewpoint is more than just a tour of the Grand Canyon. It is also the ideal place to admire the vast desert plateaus of the region. Even better, vacationers are treated to panoramic views of one of the largest bends in the Colorado River.
9 Shoshone Point
South Rim Viewpoints dominate the list of best Grand Canyon viewpoints for a reason. They are less crowded and their views are breathtaking. Getting to Shoshone Point is a hiking exercise in itself that makes the whole Arizona experience worthwhile. This viewpoint is mostly a freestanding rock that feeds adventurers with great views of up to 180 degrees.
8 Point Mather
Considered the most popular of all the Grand Canyon viewpoints, Mather Point is one of the few points adventurers should strive to reach. This point offers vacationers an almost 360 degree view of the canyon. The view is safe for children and adults. The fence all around ensures that no one falls off the cliff.
seven Tuweep Overlook
The Tuweep Overlook is not for the faint hearted. This view is specifically for people who are ready to push their bodies to the limit. Very few points, if any, can guarantee views similar to those from this lookout. It offers spectacular views of the Colorado with sweeping vistas of the Colorado River meandering through the massive rocks. With no water, food, or lodging nearby, the Tuweep Overlook is the perfect hiking trail for those who love a secluded vacation.
6 Powell’s point of view
Hiking in Arizona is such a great activity that every vacationer should dream of. Vacationing in this beautiful state shouldn’t be limited to desert tours alone. Traveling up Powell’s Lookout to admire the magnificent gorge there is an underrated experience with unparalleled satisfaction. The journey here begins at the Mason Grand Canyon Degree Memorial. Said journey is not as difficult as it has been made to believe. The landscapes towards Powell Viewpoint are relatively flat. With the beautiful terrain, it becomes easy for vacationers to wander around and feast their eyes on those unforgettable views.
The Grand Canyon viewpoints aren’t just for accomplished hikers. Water lovers also have their way to Nankoweap. This is a stop along the Colorado River with guided rafting trips. Vacationers are not allowed to enter the water and raft to the viewpoint without guides. River rafting is an exciting activity in itself that makes the Arizona experience worthwhile. Those wishing to explore this viewpoint through hiking trails are advised to exercise caution. Park authorities should be engaged for advice.
4 the abyss
When most people are asked to describe the Grand Canyon, they can hardly do so without incorporating the Colorado River. The Abyss offers an alternative perspective on this natural wonder. In this case, the river is completely out of the picture. Only the gorge and huge boulders resembling climbing steps are visible. Seeing how this canyon merges with the sky at sunset creates such a sight.
3 Roosevelt Point
Looking for a place where history is made in the Grand Canyon? Roosevelt Point is the exact location. The name of this point reminds vacationers of the 26th American president. President Roosevelt was honored for his contribution to the creation of the Grand Canyon National Monument. Vacationers have the chance to witness this piece of history by enjoying the magnificent sunrises and sunsets from up there.
2 The black bridge
What a way to sum up the Grand Canyon experience. Above the bridge, the viewpoints offer panoramic views of the larger canyon. From the free-flowing Colorado River to the gorge itself, the views from up there are as real as they come. The sound of the Colorado River towering over the canyon walls is music to the ears of all vacationers who opt for the deck experience.
1 Hotel El Tovar
Alfresco dining is something every vacationer longs for. Now imagine this scenario, dine outside while enjoying a panoramic view of the Grand Canyon. Since its construction at the beginning of the 20th century, Hotel El Tovar has maintained its status as a favorite gastronomic point of view. Today the hotel is a registered landmark and the views from up there are worth a shot.