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Grand Canyon
Travel Guide

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, this massive gorge is world renowned for its enormous scale and size, and its beautifully colored landscape.

Famous for its vast size and depth, the Grand Canyon offers visitors dramatic views, great hiking trails and a unique window into the earth’s geological history.

The canyon was created by the Colorado River wearing a path through the rock over millions of years. It’s 277 miles (446 kilometers) long, up to 18 miles (29 kilometers) wide, and reaches depths of over a mile (1.6 kilometers).

Head to the South Rim to find Grand Canyon Village and many of the more popular lookouts. Wander the village itself to see historic buildings and stock up on supplies. Check out the Desert View Watchtower to look down from 1.4 miles (2.3 kilometers) above the canyon floor.

South Rim can get extremely busy in high season. To escape the crowds, drive over to North Rim. It’s only open during the warmer months, but it sits higher than South Rim and gives equally spectacular views. Head over to Grand Canyon West to walk out over the edge on the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Those looking to get even higher can organize flyovers in planes or Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour.

For a totally different view, get your feet back on the ground and go for a hike. There are trails of all lengths and difficultly levels. Take the Bright Angel Trail for an easy but satisfying hike that ends at the Indian Gardens. The Hermit Trail is more challenging and goes all the way to the river. If you’d like to camp out, rent a site at one of the developed campgrounds or get a permit to stay in the backcountry.

See the area from horseback on one of the many rides arranged by local companies. Trips range from a half-day excursion to a week-long adventure.

The Grand Canyon offers a unique view into the earth’s geological past, stunning views and miles of hiking trails.

Where to stay in Grand Canyon

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 £112 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

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

4.1/5Very Good! (3,873 reviews)

"Ice machines were very difficult to find on the property. Not having thhe machines operating due to freezing weather. The front desk should have notified guests."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 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 £76 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

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! (5,746 reviews)

"Clean, comfortable, and great service. Couldn't ask for more"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 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 £151 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

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 22 Feb 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.

Top Holiday 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 £80 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,296 reviews)

"I stayed in a room with a king size bed and a fireplace. I enjoyed it there and everything was nice. The only things I wish the room had were the tools you need for the fireplace and an extra blanket in the room because I didn’t have anything to cover up with while sitting on the couch."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 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 campsite is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Planes of Fame Air Museum and within 25 miles (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 12 Oct 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 £134 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (148 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 18 Jan 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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Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

The Canyon is stunning and a must see. Spend a day or 2 taking in its breathtaking beauty and scale.

5/5 - Excellent

Jay

13 Dec 2019

It is amazing place, if have a chance, should come once in your lifetime.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Nov 2019

It has to be seen to be appreciated - it is amazing.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

29 Oct 2019

Will never come back again. Hope they sent us our refund.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Sep 2019

Sign posting isn’t clear difficult to find places especially with no WiFi

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

24 Sep 2019

Tusayan was very small and there were very few restaurants. The price of food was expensive but this did not take away the fact that we were only a few miles away from the Grand Canyon which was awesome. Would recommend the Grand Plaza Hotel

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