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Image of Toroweap Overlook on the north rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The Scenic Route Itinerary


Indulge in the serene beauty of the Grand Canyon with our “Scenic Route” itinerary, tailored for those seeking all the sights at a leisurely pace. Experience the essence of the South Rim for a more relaxed and scenic exploration.

Day One: Grand Rim Adventure and Desert Wonders

Commence your journey with the Grand Rim Adventure, a fun-sized learning excursion guided by a Field Institute instructor, unraveling the canyon’s story on a 3.75-mile guided walk along the flat forested South Rim. Delight in the panoramic views at the Desert View area, offering a blend of history, art, architecture, and Native American culture. Explore the Desert View Watchtower, a unique example of Mary Colter’s design, and savor healthy, regional-inspired delights at the Desert View Deli.

The Canyon Desert View

Day Two: Smoothwater Raft Tour and Riverside Serenity

Embark on a Smoothwater Raft Tour, peacefully drifting down the Colorado River as your guide shares insights into wildlife, history, and geology. The 12-hour tour concludes at historic Lees Ferry. Retreat to the Yavapai Lodge Restaurant for a relaxed atmosphere and southwestern flavors, a perfect end to a day filled with serene exploration.

Image of river in Grand Canyon

Day Three: Riverside Coffee and Heritage Expedition

Start your day at the Yavapai Lodge Coffee Shop for a quick morning coffee or grab food before venturing out. Explore the West Rim on the Hermits Rest Tour, a two-hour bus journey winding along West Rim Road, stopping for breathtaking views of the Colorado River rapids. Visit Lookout Studio for a unique collection of Grand Canyon-related items and Kolb Studio, built by pioneering Grand Canyon photographers, for changing art exhibits and a glimpse into the canyon’s history. Conclude your journey along the Trail of Time, an interpretive walking timeline inviting reflection on the magnitude of geologic time encoded by Grand Canyon rock layers.


Immerse yourself in amenity-rich accommodations near Grand Canyon National Park.


Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of the park, where you’ll delve into the fascinating history that has shaped this extraordinary landscape.