Grand Canyon National Park

Over the last six million years, the headstrong waters of the Colorado River have carved out the jagged corners of the Grand Canyon, revealing some of the most ancient exposed rocks on the planet. The result is one of the greatest wonders your eyes will behold. Discover the myriad of mysteries hidden in the shadows of the park’s massive gorges and ravines. With expert instructors explore, photograph and learn about the fascinating geological history of this world wonder on foot, by raft, by rail or by helicopter.

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Grand Canyon National Park Trips

At Road Scholar, our expert-led Grand Canyon tours bring you to some of the top attractions in the park. From watching sunset Mather Point to exploring Grand Canyon Village, these are some of the top features worth seeing. Visiting Grand Canyon National Park allows you to get a deeper understanding of the canyon’s six million-year history carved by the Colorado River. 

Whether you’re interested in exploring the park’s massive gorges and ravines by foot, train, or helicopter, we have a wide selection of National Park vacation packages for amazing Grand Canyon trips to choose from. Explore more of your options below.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite was ranked among the top 10 most visited National Parks in the world, welcoming  3.2 million visitors in 2021. U.S. News ranked Yosemite the number one best National Park in the world. In the summer, hikers flock to Yosemite to hike and climb its famous peaks, including Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. In the winter, visitors love the beauty of the snow-capped mountains and cross-country skiing. Don’t miss the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Road Scholar offers unforgettable trips through Yosemite, including The Best of Yosemite National Park, a six-day excursion discovering the national wonders. 

Joshua Tree National Park

The only known home to the twisted, spikey Joshua Tree is located in the Mojave desert, East of Los Angeles. Some say there is magic and mysticism in Joshua Tree, and surely you will feel it as you stargaze the night sky. Joshua Tree is home to dozens of trails open for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. 

Hike along the canyons and among the palm oasis with Road Scholar on our Hiking the High Desert six-day tour. 

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is the largest park in the National Park system and the lowest point in America at Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, which is 282 feet below sea level. The landscape of Death Valley is legendary, with miles and miles of huge sand dunes, technicolor rocks and canyons, rare wildlife, and jaw-dropping peaks rising 11,000 feet. 

Discover unique rock formations and ancient petroglyphs hiking on the Road Scholar’s popular tour, Hiking Death Valley and the Valley of Fire. 

Channel Islands National Park

Some say that Channel Islands National Park is the Galápagos of North America, home to nearly 150 endemic species that can only be found on its five islands. Located off the coast of Ventura, Channel Islands National Park gives visitors the chance to explore ecosystems filled with unique wildlife, plants, and archeological resources. 

Take a journey with local naturalists to discover all the flora and fauna of the Channel Islands on the six-day Road Scholar trip, Wildlife and Wonders of the Channel Islands

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is famous for its hydrothermal features. Visitors come to explore steaming fumaroles, be mesmerized by plopping mud pots, walk through enchanting meadows, and hike along clear mountain lakes. 

Pinnacles National Park

In Central California, you’ll find Pinnacles National Park, which was formed over 23 million years ago by multiple volcanic eruptions. Today, you’ll find tall rock spires, unique wildlife, and oak woodlands. Pinnacles is California’s youngest and smallest national park set in a remote region.

Redwood National Park

Home to the oldest and largest redwood trees in the world, Redwood National Park in Northern California is one of the best California National Park to visit. This is the place to go on wondrous hikes along beautiful trails. Here, you’ll also find 40 miles of rocky coastline and learn from indigenous cultures who’ve lived on these lands for centuries.

Join Road Scholar on one of our amazing trips to Redwood National Park, including the six-day, Hiking the Redwoods in Northern California expedition.  

Sequoia National Park

The ancient sequoias in Sequoia National Park tell a rich history filled with perseverance and survival. Here, you can walk among some of the largest trees in the world. Hike ancient groves, wildlife abundant meadows, and enjoy spectacular views of the Great Western Divide. 

Led by an exceptional storyteller, hear the history of Sequoia National Park on the Road Scholar’s six-day trip, National Park of the Sierra Nevada

Kings Canyon National Park

Located next door to Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon is filled with majestic trees, deep canyons, and world-renowned beauty. Take an expert-led exploration with Road Scholar through the Four Jewels National Parks to learn about the ecology and natural history of these tree communities.

Highlights of Grand Canyon National Park Tours

The Grand Canyon has some of the world’s most ancient exposed rocks up for display, making it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With that said, there’s a lot to see when taking a Grand Canyon trip. Take a look at some of the top highlights below.

Grand Canyon Village

As one of the more popular entryways of the park, Grand Canyon Village is a great place to visit when you first enter. Here, you can walk the grounds of the historic El Tovar Hotel, built in 1905, stop by the gift shop and visitor center, and get a view of the canyon from one of the best vistas in the park, Yavapai Point.

Get a day to roam the Grand Canyon Village on the Road Scholar Grand Canyon Odyssey Tour. 

Bright Angel Hiking Trail

This is the most popular hike in the park, which departs from the Village, where the shuttle bus to Hermit's Rest begins its route. The Bright Angel Hiking Trail brings explorers to Plateau Point, which provides some exceptional views of the park, perfect for photography and discovering the ancient cliffs.

The more serious hikers go to Indian Garden Campground, a nine-mile round-trip hike that includes 3,000 feet of elevation change and takes between six and nine hours. 

South Kaibab Trail

For those looking to explore the Grand Canyon, the South Kaibab Trail is a great option. This seven-mile trail traverses down the canyon, where adventurers can reach the Colorado River. The South Kaibab Trail is a well-defined and well-maintained dirt trail offering expansive views. The openness of this trail lends itself to extreme heat during the summer months and little to no protection from storms. 

The Hiking the Grand Canyon: Adventures On and Below the South Rim Road Scholar trip is a 6-day hike that descends below the canyon’s rim on the historic Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails.

North Rim

The less crowded area of the park is the North Rim, due to its more rugged terrain, sparse facilities, and fewer viewpoints. However, the North Rim offers visitors a great way to explore a less tourist-filled area and hike along isolated trails, such as the North Kaibab Trail.

Explore the North and South Rim of the Grand Canyon with Road Scholar as they take you through the awe-inspiring landscape and even fly you above the Colorado River for a bird’s-eye view!

South Rim

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the more popular area of the park, and for good reason. Here, visitors can explore the Grand Canyon Village, walk to Mather Point, learn in the Yavapai Geology Museum, and access a wide range of trails.

Make the Grand Canyon tour a family affair with the popular Road Scholar tour, Exploring the Grand Canyon’s North and South Rims With Your Family.

Geological Museum

The site of the Geological Museum inside of the Grand Canyon National Park was specifically chosen for its views of the canyon. The museum describes in detail the layers of rock visible as you look out the long wall of windows. Huge diagrams describe how the canyon formed.

Hermit Road Drive

Hermit Road is a seven-mile scenic drive along the Grand Canyon rim with many unbelievable viewpoints over the canyon along the way. This drive is the most popular route in the park. You can find some of the most photo-worthy spots from Maricopa Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss.

Road Scholar offers the six-day Scenic Railroads of Arizona Grand Canyon tour for a unique adventure exploring the Grand Canyon trains. 

Kolb Gallery and Lookout Studio

The Lookout Studio and the Kolb Gallery are both located in the Village, perched along the canyon wall. The Lookout Studio is housed in one of the Mary Jane Colter Buildings that are found throughout the park, with a traditional stone design. The Studio sells souvenirs and has two outdoor viewing decks that look out over the Grand Canyon. 

Just a short walk from there is the Kolb Gallery housed in a historic Victorian home built in 1905. It is now an art gallery with changing exhibits with a small bookstore. The Kolb Gallery is near the start of the Bright Angel Trail.

If you’re planning on hiking the Grand Canyon, make sure to check off these must-see attractions on your list.

Tips for Visiting Grand Canyon National Park

National Park trips in the Grand Canyon are a great way to learn about some of America’s unique landscapes. If you’re planning on taking a National Park Vacation in Grand Canyon National Park, keep these National Park travel tips in mind:

  • Respect the park by cleaning up after yourself and picking up trash
  • Stay on designated trails to remain safe
  • Pack plenty of food and water, especially when venturing into the canyon
  • Pack sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses when visiting in the warmer months
  • Follow the directions of your group leader or guide

Book Your Grand Canyon National Park Trip with Road Scholar

Our Grand Canyon National Park tours give you the chance to discover one of the world’s most iconic destinations. From group National Park tours to rafting down the Colorado River and getting a birds-eye view in a helicopter, these are just some of the unique learning experiences we offer in the Grand Canyon.