Best Grand Canyon Viewpoint

If you are wondering “What is the best view of the Grand Canyon?”, well, that’s what this guide is for.  

Grand Canyon is heralded as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of The World.  It’s 18 miles wide, 6,000 feet deep, and 277 miles long!  There are about 50 viewpoints along the South Rim alone – that’s a lot to see! 

You won’t want to stop at each and every one of them, though.  You can get numb to even the best views if you see too many.  So, if you’re visiting the South Rim and/ or venturing into the canyon itself, you will want to know which ones are most worth the effort and where to find the best view in Grand Canyon National Park. 

We’ll look at the 25 best views of Grand Canyon from the South Rim and inside the canyon. If your time is more limited, we also have this shortlist narrowed down to a Top Ten.

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If you are planning to visit Grand Canyon National Park, make your planning easy and stress free with a detailed itinerary. I have 1-, 2-, and 3-day itineraries for the South Rim of Grand Canyon that include all the park highlights, give you choices based on your preferred activity level, and take all the stress out of planning your trip. 

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Tips for Viewing Grand Canyon 

Before we take a look at all of the best views of the Grand Canyon, some tips: 

1. Go early and late 

Many people only visit Grand Canyon for a couple of hours as a day trip, which means that the canyon – and the viewpoints – are most crowded from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. 

If you can, stay over (read my Guide to Vacation Rentals Near Grand Canyon for some places to stay) and get up early for the sunrise and go late in the day for the Golden Hour (the hour before sunset when the light is magical and perfect for photos) and sunset.   

Early mornings can be chilly, but there will be a lot fewer people and the light is especially beautiful then and in the late afternoon.  

There is plenty to do in and around the South Rim – read even more ideas in my Top 30 Things To Do At The Grand Canyon

2. Spread it out 

Again, I really recommending staying at Grand Canyon for two or three days at least.  If you try to do all – or even quite of a few – of these viewpoints all in the same day, they will soon start to blur together and you won’t appreciate them nearly as much as if you spread them out over a longer period.  

Some of the viewpoints are actually below the rim, which means you need to hike to them.  Having a few days in the national park will give you time to do some of these hikes.   

3. Take binoculars 

While a huge part of the appeal of seeing Grand Canyon are the panoramic views, it is also great to be able to zoom in and look at details up close.  Which, given the distances involved, you will need a good pair of binoculars for.   

Read my Guide to The Best Binoculars for the Money for top picks and FAQs, or get my top pick here. 

4. Hike the Rim Trail 

The rim trail is a flat and easy, mostly paved path between the South Kaibab Trailhead in the east and Hermit’s Rest in the west.  The total length is thirteen miles (21 km), but you easily hike parts of it only.  It’s a great way to experience the canyon and you can stop off at many of the overlooks listed here along the way. 

5. Take a shuttle 

There are several routes for the free South Rim shuttle service that will take you to many of these viewpoints.   

For the Desert View Drive (east) lookouts, take the orange Kaibab Rim shuttle.  This goes as far east as Yaki Point.  For the outlooks further east than that, you will need to drive. 

For the Hermit Road (west) lookouts, take the red Hermit Road shuttle (March – November).  This goes all the way to Hermit’s Rest, so it includes all of the western viewpoints listed here.  Between March 1 and November 30, Hermit Road is closed to regular vehicular traffic, so taking the shuttle or hiking are your only options. 

You can take the blue Village Route around Grand Canyon Village for those central lookouts, though this is also easy to walk. 

Read all about the Grand Canyon shuttles here

Read More: How to Get to Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Viewpoints Map 

Grand Canyon south rim viewpoints map

As you can see, Grand Canyon Village is (kind of) in the middle of the South Rim.  Desert View Drive (the East Rim Road) is to the east (and longer) and Hermit Road (the West Rim Road) is to the west (and shorter). 

It is worth noting that you cannot see the Colorado River from the viewpoints in the central area, in Grand Canyon Village and on either side of it.  However, most of the more eastern and more western viewpoints have views of sections of the river.

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I’ve listed the South Rim Grand Canyon viewpoints starting in the east through to the most western overlook.

Best Grand Canyon Views Along Desert View Drive

Desert View Drive is a 25-mile road leading from Grand Canyon Village to Desert View Watchtower.  The shuttle only goes 5 miles to Yaki Point.  To travel the remaining 20 miles and see the views east of Yaki Point, you will need your own car.  

Orange shuttle loop Grand Canyon Desert View Drive

How much time do you need to see all the Grand Canyon best viewpoints on Desert View Drive? 

Allow a full day to see all of the 10 viewpoints.  You’ll probably stop at most of them for 10 minutes or so to soak in the views and take photos (though you can certainly stay longer).  If you are going there for sunrise, Golden Hour and/ or sunset, you’ll spend longer. 

You will also spend longer at Yavapai Point because the Yavapai Observation Station/ Geological Museum has interesting displays on the canyon’s geology to see. 

Shosone Point also takes longer because it’s down a short side road and then a 2-mile round trip hike to get there.  There is a picnic area near the parking lot where you can have lunch. Zuni Point also involves a 1-mile round trip hike.

The other point you will probably want to stay longer at is the final stop, Desert View Point, so you can climb the steps to the top of Desert View Watchtower.   

If you want to break them up over a couple of days, you could see the more central ones (Yaki Point and the viewpoints east of it) via the shuttle and stop at the more eastern points on a drive. 

If you are heading to Page, Monument Valley, and other points east, you can stop off at the Desert View lookouts on your way out of the park (or on your way into the park if you’re arriving to Grand Canyon National Park from the east). 

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1. Desert View  

Desert View

Desert View is the most eastern –and one of the highest – viewpoints on the South Rim. The canyon here is quite open and you can clearly see the Colorado River making a turn to the west.  

In addition to being one of the best Grand Canyon view points, it also has the Desert View Watchtower to explore.  This 70-foot-high circular stone building was built in 1932 to reference the kivas of the Ancestral Puebloan people.  It was designed by Mary Colter, who also designed other Grand Canyon buildings including the Lookout Studio, Hermit’s Rest and the renovated Bright Angel Lodge.   

You can climb the four-story structure; there are 85 steps.  At the top, there are incredible 360-degree views of Grand Canyon, Colorado River and the surrounding Navajo Nation. 

There is a large parking lot, restrooms, a gift shop and a restaurant. The national park’s East Entrance is only 0.5 miles away. 

2. Navajo Point  

Navajo Point Grand Canyon

Navajo Point is the highest point on the South Rim.  To the east, the view is similar to that at Desert View; however, you can actually see the Desert View Watchtower. 

To the west is another expansive view, with a glimpse of the Colorado River.  The western view here makes this a popular choice for the best place to view Grand Canyon at sunrise. 

The parking lot is right next to the road, so this view is easy to access.

3. Lipan Point  

Lipan Point Grand Canyon

To reach Lipan Point, drive down a short side road. There is a small elevated area that provides close to a 360-degree view (it would except for some pesky pine trees). 

To the west is the best view. Grand Canyon is wide and expansive here and the vista is one of the widest.  It also provides the longest view of the Colorado River, seen as it enters the inner gorge of the canyon. 

Lipan Point is a great place to see all the layers of the canyon, including the Grand Canyon Supergroup of sedimentary rock formations.   

On a clear and quiet day, you can see the Vermillion Cliffs to the west and hear the Hance Rapids four miles away.  

This is also the trailhead for the Tanner Trail. 

4. Zuni Point

Zuni Point Grand Canyon

Zuni Point is harder to find than most viewpoints because it doesn’t have a signpost.  Park on the southside of the highway between milepost 257 and 258 near where the canyon’s rim is right next to the road. The shoulder is wide enough to park safely.  

From your car, walk through the pine forest, staying close to the rim, for about 0.5 miles until you get a very obvious viewpoint.  There’s no clear trail, but it’s not a difficult walk. 

Zuni Point looks out over Red Canyon, and you get a lovely view of the colorful layers at the lower end of Red Canyon. 

5. Moran Point

Moran Point Grand Canyon

Named after the painter Thomas Moran, this overlook has some of the Grand Canyon South Rim best views.  Thomas Moran was a famous Hudson River School landscape artist whose works helped inspire the creation of several national parks.  This is a great spot to live out your own artist fantasies and paint the expansive vista. 

All three of Grand Canyon’s main rock groups are visible here.  Across the canyon is the North Rim’s Cape Royal. The section of the Colorado River you can see is the Hakatai Rapids. 

Moran Point is a popular sunset spot. It is also the best spot to see the famous Sinking Ship.  Look for a rock formation that looks like a tilted sinking ship.  

6. Grandview Point

Grandview Point

This is many people’s favorite of the Grand Canyon viewpoints (South Rim).  There are truly breathtaking panoramic views of the canyon plus the first glimpse of the Colorado River if you’re traveling east along Desert View Drive from Grand Canyon Village.  

You can see Horseshoe Mesa, and several stunning buttes including Shiva Temple, Rama Shrine, Krishna Shine, and Vishnu Shrine.  From the main viewpoint, there are several other overlooks that you can easily walk to for slightly different perspectives. 

Fun Fact: In the late 1800’s, Grandview Point was the main center for tourism on the South Rim.  There was a hotel, the eponymous Grandview Hotel, and the start of the Grandview Toll Trail to Horseshoe Mesa in the canyon below.  The arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad and a convenient railway station enticed people to Grand Canyon Village instead, and Grandview Point was eventually abandoned.   

This viewpoint is also the trailhead for the (very steep) Grandview Trail. 

7. Shoshone Point

Shoshone Point Grand Canyon

Shoshone Point is one of Grand Canyon’s best kept secrets. To get there, you need to hike about a mile (about 20 minutes) through a ponderosa pine forest. 

There is no sign for Shoshone Point from the main Desert View Drive.  Look for an unmarked unpaved parking area about 1.3 miles east of Yaki Point (on the right if you’re heading west towards Grand Canyon Village).

From the parking lot, walk around the locked metal gate and along the dirt road to get to the overlook. There is a picnic area with grills and restrooms at the end of the trail. 

Continue past the picnic area to the actual viewpoint, which is a natural rock outcrop with more than 180-degree views of the canyon. Because there are seldom many people there, it’s a great place to sit and enjoy the view at leisure.  

8. Yaki Point

Yaki Point

Yaki Point is the only overlook on the Desert View Drive that you can’t get to in your own car for most of the year.  During the main tourist season, the Yaki Point Road and Kaibab Trail Parking Lot are closed to regular traffic.  Take the Orange Kaibab Shuttle or park at a nearby picnic area and walk from there.  

To the east, you can see the Desert View watchtower in the distance if you look hard. Look west and there are great views of the South Kaibab Trail wiggling its way down the canyon, as well as part of the Tonto Trail, and the end of the Bright Angel Trail.  

The South Kaibab trailhead is also on this side road that’s closed to regular vehicles, so I recommend combining Yaki Point with the short hike down part of the South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point (see below).

9. Mather Point

Mather Point

Mather Point is one of the most popular Grand Canyon South Rim viewpoints, in part due to its proximity to the Visitor Center and parking lots. 

There’s an expansive view of the canyon – you can see more than 30 miles to the east and 60 miles to the west on a clear day.  You can even spot Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the ranch (binoculars help). Some of the buttes and pinnacles you can see include Vishnu Temple, Isis Temple, Temple of Zoroaster, and Cheops Pyramid.  

The viewpoint is named after the first director of the National Park Service, Stephen Mather.   

Its popularity does mean it gets crowded, so it’s best to visit before mid-morning or later in the afternoon.  It’s a popular sunset spot.   

10. Yavapai Point

Yavapai Point

Yavapai Point offers more of the canyon’s best views. Grand Canyon South Rim’s most northern viewpoint, you can see as far as Havasupai Point to the west and Desert View to the east.  

The other main reason to go there is to visit the Yavapai Geology Museum (also called the Yavapai Observation Station). 

There is a bookstore and gift shop and huge picture windows for viewing the canyon, with interpretive displays explaining what you see.  Most interesting, however, are the exhibits explaining Grand Canyon’s geology, so you can understand all the different layers of rock that you see and learn how the canyon was created. 

The parking area at the museum is small, and the viewpoint and museum are popular, so the easiest way to visit is via the Orange Route shuttle or the short walk from Mather Point.  It’s also a popular sunset spot. 

Best View of Grand Canyon South Rim Village

Although most of the viewpoints are to the east and west of the centrally-located Grand Canyon Village, there are also some great views in the village itself. The Grand Canyon best views, South Rim village are:

11. Lookout Studio 

Lookout Studio Grand Canyon

Another of the historic buildings at Grand Canyon, Lookout Studio was designed by Mary Colter and built right on the edge of the canyon. 

The rustic log and stone structure was built in 1904 as a place where visitors could photograph the canyon, so the views here are some of the very best.  There are a couple of small terraces, layered above and below each other, and telescopes you can use to look deep into the canyon. 

Inside there are large picture windows so you can see the view, as well as a small bookstore.  

12. El Tovar Hotel and Bright Angel Lodge

El Tovar

The El Tovar Hotel was built in 1905 and remains one of the most famous and iconic national park inns and lodges.  Don’t miss the log lobby, impressive dining room, and enormous back porch.

The stone and wooden building is right on the rim of the canyon and there are wonderful canyon views from the porch, and the El Tovar, Fred Harvey, and Mary Jane Colter suites.  

>> Book a room at El Tovar here 

The Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins are nearby.  For a classic Grand Canyon south rim view, it’s hard to beat the oldest building at Grand Canyon, the Buckey O’Neill Cabin.  It sits on the canyon rim, providing stunning views right outside the front door.  The lodge’s Rim Cabins are also right on the canyon’s rim. 

When you visit Bright Angel Lodge, don’t miss the lodge’s History Room and the famous Geologic Fireplace, designed by Mary Colter.  It’s built of layers of rocks taken from all of the canyon’s major layers.  

>> Book a room at Bright Angel Lodge here 

Grand Canyon Best View Points Along Hermit Road 

Heading west from Grand Canyon Village, you’ll travel along Hermit Road.  The seven-mile road ends at Hermit’s Rest. 

Between March 1 and November 30, the road is closed to regular vehicular traffic, and you’ll need to take the Red Hermit Road shuttle to the viewpoints, or walk along the Rim Trail. December 1 – February 28, you can drive your own vehicle.  

The shuttle runs daily from 5:00 AM until one hour after sunset. 

  • 5:00AM – 6:00AM: Every 30 minutes 
  • 6:00AM – Sunset: Every 10 – 15 minutes 
  • Sunset – hour after sunset: Every 30 minutes 

If you plan to take the shuttle, note that it stops at all of the viewpoints listed here on the west-bound route, but only a few on the return east-bound route.  

Red Loop shuttle Grand Canyon Hermit Road

How much time do you need to see all the Grand Canyon lookout points on Hermit Road? 

If you are driving in the winter months, you could visit all of the eight viewpoints below in a couple of hours.  However, most people visit in summer and take the shuttle. The entire shuttle loop without getting off at all takes 80 minutes and you’ll need to wait 10-15 minutes between stops, so you should allow a few hours at least.  

I recommend walking to the closer overlooks and then taking the shuttle to some of the others. Powell Point, Hopi Point and Mohave Point are all within a mile of each other, so walking between them is a great way to break up the shuttle trip.

13. Trailview Overlook 

Trail Overlook Grand Canyon

This is the best spot to see Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail, which is the most famous of several trails that go from the rim down to the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon. This is a great orientation to hiking the trail or a way to see where you hiked if you already did it. Even if you have no intention of hiking the trail yourself, it’s still fun to see.   

From the shuttle stop, walk down some stairs for great views of the switchbacks of the trail, Havasupai Gardens (formerly called Indian Garden), and the ends of the trail disappearing into the inner gorge. 

14. Maricopa Point

Maricopa Point

Another popular choice for the Grand Canyon best view point, Maricopa Point is a small, narrow point jutting out into the canyon.  It has stunning 180-degree views of the canyon.  There is even a tiny glimpse of the Colorado River (the first as you head west on Hermit Road). 

Looking west, you can see a large gate and small clearing on the rim. This is the Lost Orphan Mine, where first copper and then uranium were mined between 1891 and 1967.   

Maricopa Point, named after the Maricopa Indians, is an easy walk along the Rim Trail from Grand Canyon Village and a stop on the shuttle.  

15. Powell Point

Powell Point

Powell Point is another of the best viewpoints (South Rim).  Grand Canyon National Park’s dedication ceremony was held here in 1920 and there is a large granite memorial for John Wesley Powell that you can walk up on to.

Powell was the first (western) person to successfully run the Colorado River through the canyon. Incredibly, he only had one arm while navigating the rapids of the river! If you want to learn more about his journey, there’s a great book, Down the Great Unknown, that tells his story. Check it out on Amazon here.

There is actually a tiny glimpse here of the river Powell traversed, but it’s hard to spot and most people can’t see it.   

The view is great in both directions, making it popular for both sunrise and sunset.  It’s often less crowded than nearby Hopi Point.  You can climb the memorial and you can also go down to a slightly lower, but arguably even better, viewpoint.  

Powell Point is a 10-minute walk from Maricopa Point, so you can skip waiting for the shuttle and walk there if you feel up to it.  

16. Hopi Point

Hopi Point

Hopi Point is one of the most famous Grand Canyon South Rim views, especially for sunset (though sunrise is also great here). 

The point juts out further into the canyon than any of the other viewpoints on Hermit Road, giving you a great perspective and uninterrupted panoramic views to the east and west. Some of the rock formations you can see include Isis Temple, Horus Temple and Osiris Temple. 

It’s also the first good view of the Colorado River as you head west along Hermit Road.  There are, in fact, five views of the river from here, though one is especially clear and long.   

Fun Fact: Hopi Point, named after the Hopi Indians, was originally called Rowes Point after Sanford Rowe, the first person to offer guided trips into the canyon on Bright Angel Trail. 

17. Mohave Point

Mohave Point

Mohave Point has incredible views of the western canyon, making this a great spot to see the sunset.  It’s less famous than Hopi Point, so it’s usually less crowded.  It also has one of the best views of the Colorado River.  If you have binoculars, you can see Salt Creek, Granite, and Hermit Rapids. 

Looking north, down and across the canyon, the large promontory jutting out from Mohave Point is called The Alligator. Nearby are the Horus and Osiris Temples, with the Tower of Ra to their left, and the Isis Temple to their right. There are also great views of the 3,000-foot cliffs around The Abyss. 

There are several places to enjoy the views here, all with slightly different perspectives, so it’s worth spending a little time exploring the area.  

18. The Abyss

The Abyss overlook Grand Canyon

The Abyss has the longest vertical drop on the South Rim. From the overlook, the canyon drops 3,000 feet straight down to the Tonto Platform.

Most overlooks are on sections of the rim that jut out further into the canyon.  However, The Abyss is at the end of a side canyon, formed mostly by rocks falling off the cliff face.  

In addition to the sheer drop below, you can see several sandstone columns.  The largest, The Monument, is the biggest sandstone column in the canyon.   

If you’re sick of the shuttle and the Rim Trail, an alternate way to get to this viewpoint is to take a mule ride.  Three-hour trips leave from Grand Canyon village and go through a pine forest before stopping at The Abyss and then returning to the village.  It’s a way to experience riding a mule without spending two long days on a mule trip down into the canyon itself.  

19. Pima Point

Pima Point

The views here are some of the best views at the Grand Canyon.  There is a panoramic vista in both directions.  Nearby is the deep red Hermit Creek Canyon.  Opposite is a clear view down Ninety-four Mile Creek Canyon.  Listen carefully and you hear the roar of Granite Rapids on the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon.   

Pima Point is the last stop on the shuttle before Hermit’s Rest.  You can take the shuttle or walk along the accessible Greenway Trail to Hermit’s Rest, 1.5 miles further west. 

20. Hermit’s Rest

Hermit’s Rest

This is not the best Grand Canyon overlook (South Rim) for the views, but nonetheless it makes a great stop. 

The building here was designed by Mary Colter in 1914 to look like an old miner’s cabin, with a large fireplace and front porch.  Today, it houses a snack bar, gift shop and restrooms, making it an ideal place to rest after seeing so many great views. 

It’s also the trailhead for the Hermit Trail. 

Grand Canyon isn’t the only national park with incredible views.  Check out:

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Best Grand Canyon Viewpoints Inside the Canyon

The views from the South Rim are spectacular, but some of the best viewpoints Grand Canyon has are seen from below the rim.

21. Plateau Point, Bright Angel Trail

Plateau Point

If you hike down Bright Angel Trail as far as Havasupai Gardens (4.5 miles from the South Rim), you can take a side trail a further 1.5 miles to Plateau Point.  You are deep in the inner canyon, and the view of the Colorado River below is the best there is.   

It is another 6 miles back up to the South Rim, so this is only recommended as a day hike for those who are very fit and get a very early start.   

22. Silver Bridge & Black Bridge, Colorado River

Silver Bridge Grand Canyon

These two bridges are close to each other and both span the Colorado River at the bottom of Grand Canyon.  Bright Angel Trail crosses the Silver Bridge and South Kaibab Trail crosses the Black Bridge.  Mules also cross the Black Bridge on their way to Phantom Ranch.   

The views from the bridges are awe-inspiring.  With the powerful Colorado River rushing below and the endless walls of the canyon towering all around you, there is no better way to appreciate the enormity and grandeur of the canyon. 

Read my Guide to Hiking Bright Angel Trail for more details on this hike. 

Read my Guide to Phantom Ranch Reservations for all you need to know about getting reservations at the cabins or hiker dorms at the bottom of the canyon. 

23. Ooh Aah Point, South Kaibab Trail

Ooh Ah Point

The name of Ooh Aah Point says it all.

It isn’t necessary to hike for miles deep into the canyon to find stunning views.  The viewpoint is just 0.9 miles into the canyon on the South Kaibab Trail.  However, although the trail is short, it is steep, and the hike back up to the rim is somewhat strenuous.  

There is no parking at the South Kaibab Trailhead, so take the shuttle.  Allow a couple of hours for the shuttle and to hike there and back.  It’s easy to combine this hike with the nearby Yaki Point

24. Nankoweap Granaries

Nankoweap Grand Canyon National Park

This is my personal favorite Grand Canyon National Park best view.  From a slight elevation, you can see straight down the Colorado River, as it winds from side to side, surrounded by the incredible canyon.  The viewpoint is also the site of ancient native American granaries. 

There are two ways to get there.  By far the most common is to take a multi-day trip through the canyon on the Colorado River in a raft or wooden dory.  Nankoweap Granaries is a popular stop on the trip through the Upper Canyon, and you hike up to the granaries from the river. 

It’s also possible to hike down from the rim, but this is one of the most difficult and dangerous trails in the Grand Canyon and not recommended unless you are a very experienced hiker.

Read my Guide to Rafting in Grand Canyon for more information about rafting trips through Grand Canyon. 

25. Redwall Cavern

Redwall Cavern

This is another of my personal top picks for the best view at Grand Canyon.  Although it’s not an overlook, the enormous alcove cut into the sheer, red wall of the canyon, with fine white sand at its base, is nothing short of breathtaking. 

Whether you are viewing the cavern from the river or looking at the canyon from inside the cavern, the views are superb. 

The downside: the only way to get there is by taking a river rafting trip through the Upper Canyon.   

The Top Ten Best Views in Grand Canyon National Park

I’ve listed 25 Grand Canyon best photo spots here, which is still a lot.  If you don’t have time for all of them, my TOP TEN HITS are: 

Best South Rim Viewpoints 

  1. Desert View Point (watchtower, great views) 
  1. Moran Point (great views, good sunset spot) 
  1. Shoshone Point (a great place to escape the crowds) 
  1. Yavapai Point (views plus interesting geological museum) 
  1. Trailview Overlook (interesting to see Bright Angel Trail) 
  1. Mohave Point (great western views, good river views, popular sunset spot) 
  1. Pima Point (panoramic views, river views) 
  1. Hermit’s Rest (not the best view, but historical building, café and shop) 

Best Views in Grand Canyon 

9. Ooh Aah Point (a short hike below the rim) 

10. Nankoweap Granaries (sensational views but hard to get there) 

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James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.

He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and most of the national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks. 

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