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Grand Canyon Visitor Center
Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

450 Arizona 64, Tusayan, AZ

The Basics

Between the visitor center’s IMAX Theater experience and its many interactive exhibits, you could spend all day at the Grand Canyon without ever leaving the visitor center. But, when you are ready to explore the canyon itself, take advantage of the resources at the National Geographic Visitor Center to plan a self-guided trip or join a guided tour of the canyon.

You can opt for a Jeep tour that starts out with an IMAX movie before heading to the East Rim of the canyon. Or, if you are visiting the canyon from Las Vegas, book a bus tour that includes a stop at the National Geographic Visitor Center and the chance to watch the IMAX movie before you enter the park.

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3-Day National Parks Tour from Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon
3-Day National Parks Tour from Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon
star-4.5
$590.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The views of the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Antelope, and Zion were spectacular. I would definitely recommend this trip!
We decided to try this Viator to clear off some places on our bucket list. We definitely was not disappointed with the results. The whole trip was incredible and our guide Luis was remarkable. He had the task of speaking three languages as he narrated the trip.
Rudolph_T, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Canyon National Park

star-5
The best day ever
rachel_h, May 2022
Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades
This was the best trip I've ever experienced. Honestly from the start to the end was just amazing. Ian the tour guide was the most genuine fellas I've ever met. Thankyou so much
star-5
A small walk up then Wow!
Joy_M, Apr 2022
Grand Canyon South & East Rim Self-Driving, Walking & Shuttling Tour
It was nice to walk up a shprt path amd be blown away by absolute beauty. The Grand Canyon was so amazing. Seeing it from the different angles was nice. We did the car tour it was about 4hrs including lunch at El Tovar? A good time indeed
star-5
Perfect intro to the Grand Canyon
Tom_K, Apr 2022
Grand Canyon IMAX Movie
We saw this imax movie on our first day (of 6) in the Grand Canyon.... whether you are visiting for a half day or several, it was the perfect introduction to the Grand Canyon and how it was discovered and formed. Very worthwhile!
star-4
Suggested to see before going into the Grand Canyon
Chuck_L, Apr 2022
Grand Canyon IMAX Movie
Interesting and informative movie to seem. Go see before going into the Grand Canyon National Park. One hour long
star-5
A Wonderful trip full of Memories
Joyce_M, Apr 2022
3-Day National Parks Tour from Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon
Arapaho Valley has been in my bucket list for years! It was a truly epic experience!! Even with a few snowflakes The Grand Canyon was breathtaking! I’ve never seen anything like Bryce’s pillars and colors! Zion was our first warmer day. It was peaceful walking along the Virgin River. No crowds this day. Thank you!!!
star-5
Three Park Tour!!!
Marlene_B, Apr 2022
3-Day National Parks Tour from Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon
A truly wonderful tour with driver Tom and exceptional tour guide Edwardo. Great mix of travelers from all over the world! Dino, a French language translator, joined this entertaining crew and all had us smiling for the duration!
star-4
Helpful tour guide to south rim
Mary_L, Mar 2022
Grand Canyon South & East Rim Self-Driving, Walking & Shuttling Tour
Seeing the views. Learning the history. Very helpful tool. Would be helpful to be able to adjust or reverse the tour sequence if you're arriving from the east or south as we were.
star-5
Disappointed the hummer...
Steven_S, Feb 2022
Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades
Disappointed the hummer was cancelled. But the rim was fantastic. Need longer stops for meals. They were very rushed. Had to eat on the bus and it stunk to high heaven. Need water also provided in my opinion.
star-5
tour guide excellent
Diane_B, Apr 2022
3-Day National Parks Tour from Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon
Tour guide was exceptional. Driver was very competent. Our only complaint was the Quality Inn accommodation on our first night. Our room was in disrepair. Patch on bathtub was unsightly. Water dropped in tub/shower faucet. Leak in toilet onto floor so we finally had to turn water off in the night
star-5
Awesome experience
Michaella_G, Feb 2022
Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades
Our driver Fil was amazing! He was very informative and fun!! The day was long but it was a great experience!
star-5
Easy and informative.
Heather_W, Jan 2022
Grand Canyon South & East Rim Self-Driving, Walking & Shuttling Tour
Great job on the narration. I liked being able to put my phone in my pocket and not be messed with constantly.
star-5
JUST A SIMPLY PERFECT MOVIE!
David_S, Dec 2021
Grand Canyon IMAX Movie
It was a very moving, emotional experience. You just have to see it for yourself. I wondered how they made a movie that was so perfect and touch me so deeply.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The National Geographic Visitor Center is great for anyone who wants to learn about the history, geology, and culture of the area.

  • The on-site Explorers Cafe serves pizza, rice bowls, sandwiches, and more.

  • Purchase your park pass at the visitor center and skip the park entrance line.

  • The National Geographic Store sells souvenirs and essentials for your trip.

  • The visitor center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The visitor center is less than 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the park’s South Rim entrance on State Route 64. The center can be reached by car, bus, or on a tour from Las Vegas, Phoenix, or Flagstaff. The nearby Grand Canyon National Park Airport is serviced by private and charter flights and is where many flightseeing tours land.

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Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Grand Canyon National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Grand Canyon National Park


When to Get There

The National Geographic Visitor Center is open year-round with reduced winter hours. From March through October it is open early morning to late evening and November through February it has somewhat reduced hours. The IMAX movie showtimes also vary by season, playing every hour from 8:30am to 8:30pm in summer and 9:30am to 6:30pm in winter.

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The IMAX Theater at the National Geographic Visitor Center

The 6-story-high screen and 12,000 watts of surround sound at the IMAX Theater brings to life the majesty of the Grand Canyon on screen. The 34-minute “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets” takes viewers through the experiences of early explorers, the canyon’s history and evolution, and reveals larger-than-life visuals via IMAX technology. The theater seats nearly 500, and the film plays every hour on the half hour.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Grand Canyon Visitor Center?
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Attractions near Grand Canyon Visitor Center:
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What else should I know about attractions in Grand Canyon National Park?
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As well as visiting the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: