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Grand Canyon
Travel Guide

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is just a stone’s throw from Las Vegas and the perfect respite for a side trip.

Carved millions of years ago by the Colorado River and natural geological processes, the Grand Canyon’s stark beauty, rusty, desert colors and glorious sunsets pull tourists from across the globe. For Las Vegas visitors, this national treasure is a manageable overnight trip at about 227 miles (365 kilometers) from the city.

The canyon’s easily accessible south rim is the most popular spot with visitors. Much of the Grand Canyon National Park’s infrastructure is based here, including the Canyon View Information Plaza, which includes the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Here you’ll find helpful guides, brochures, audiovisual displays and interactive features about the area’s fascinating history, geology and wildlife. Hop on the free shuttle bus (cost included in the entry fee to the national park) to visit other museums and viewpoints around the south rim.

Although it’s difficult to tear your eyes away from the canyon’s swooping vistas, a hike below the rim will give you a greater sense of the landscape’s beauty. Canyon hikes bring you closer to prehistoric plant life and the corrosive power of the Colorado River, which stripped back layer upon layer of rock over millions of years.

For a bird’s-eye view, several companies offer chartered helicopter flights over the south rim and the less accessible north and west rims. From the sky, you’ll get a true sense of the canyon’s phenomenal size, rugged terrain and magnificent colors. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a coyote or California condor. Temperatures often dip once the sun goes down, but the sunset is not to be missed.

Many visitors choose to spend the night in order to spend two days at the Canyon. Accommodation within and near the national park ranges from comfortable hotels and rustic lodges to quaint cabins and campsites. For those who prefer not to drive, bus and helicopter tours depart Las Vegas regularly.

Top Hotels in Grand Canyon

Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
11 Yavapai Lodge Road, PO Box 159, Grand Canyon, AZ
The price is CA $179 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grand Canyon Clinic, Grand Canyon Visitor Center, and Yavapai Point. Bright Angel Lodge and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (3,868 reviews)

"From the picture, I thought this was a “lodge” but actually the only part that looked like a lodge was reception area. Rooms were on separate site with motel like setting. Rooms were very clean with large TV and double blinds on the windows. Coupons provided for free coffee or tea at nearby general ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
Red Feather Lodge
Red Feather Lodge
3 out of 5
300 State Route 64, Grand Canyon, AZ
The price is CA $120 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Grand Canyon National Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Hopi House and Grand Canyon Visitor Center. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5,759 reviews)

"Close to Grand Canyon, if anybody wants to start very early to enjoy the sunrise. This is a better option!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Red Feather Lodge
The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon
The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon
4 out of 5
149 State Highway 64 - Tusayan, Grand Canyon, AZ
The price is CA $213 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Grand Canyon National ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,452 reviews)

"I love that the property's decor was true to the Southwest. It was warm and cozy and the staff very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Grand Canyon

Sonesta ES Suites Flagstaff
Sonesta ES Suites Flagstaff
3 out of 5
1400 North Country Club Drive, Flagstaff, AZ
The price is CA $127 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Situated in Flagstaff, this golf aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Flagstaff Mall and The Marketplace, Bushmaster Park, and Sacred Peaks Health Center. Buffalo ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,291 reviews)

"Room was very nice. Unfortunately there was no elevator."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Flagstaff
Under Canvas Grand Canyon
Under Canvas Grand Canyon
2 out of 5
979 Airpark Lane, Valle, Williams, AZ

Situated in a rural location, this campground is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Planes of Fame Air Museum and within 25 mi (40 km) of National Geographic Grand Canyon ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (304 reviews)

"I would say the Staff was Awesome in every way, dinner was Great(menu)"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Under Canvas Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon RV Glamping
Grand Canyon RV Glamping
1.5 out of 5
1060 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ
The price is CA $148 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated in Williams, this campground is within 2 mi (3 km) of Thunder Eagle Native Art, Wild West Junction, and Buckskinner Park. Kaibab National Forest Headquarters ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (147 reviews)

"Great stay. The staff was friendly and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2021

Grand Canyon RV Glamping
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Grand Canyon

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2020

Recommend the Dining Room at the El Tovar Hotel on the South Rim in the Grand Canyon Village. Great views, very nice food, excellent service, and surprisingly reasonable prices. So good that we did two breakfasts, a lunch, and cocktails there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 2, 2020

Will definitely go back another time, but dread the crowds in summer.

4/5 - Good

Sadie

Feb 18, 2020

Unique landscape with breathtaking views

5/5 - Excellent

J

Jan 1, 2020

Love the Grand Canyon. Watched the sun set and rise and lots of viewing in between. Entered park from east and took scenic road to village. Best route for views!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 24, 2019

In winter, when road is icy the city should spread salt on icy road, everything else is nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 19, 2019

My favourite national park in the US!

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