You’ve stood beneath the glowing, opalescent lights of the Aurora Borealis, held the mist of Victoria Falls on your glasses, and seen life in vibrant color at the Great Barrier Reef. For you, visiting the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is about more than checking destinations off your bucket list; you believe each corner and curve of the earth has something astounding, and humans are here to care and stand in awe of every inch. This time, stare into the depth of the earth, to feel the sun beating down on your shoulders, and to count layers of history in the stones. Book one or our top hotels near the Grand Canyon and pack your bags. The sense of wonder will meet you there.
Whether you’re looking for stunning natural beauty with a side of metropolitan amenities or cozy Grand Canyon hotels close to the heart of the national park, there are plenty places to stay with easy access to the South and North Rims and their meandering hiking trails. Consider both of these locations and the guest-loved hotels that call them home.
Near the south entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park, the small town of Tusayan is the gateway to a great adventure. Touch down at Grand Canyon National Park Airport for an easy commute through rugged Northern Arizona, and stay within a few miles of postcard-worthy lookouts, secluded trails, and cultural venues, including the Bright Angel History Room and the National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center. And what’s more—if you needed more—the main thoroughfare of Tusayan is lined with Sonoran restaurants, serving up Arizona’s twist on Mexican border region cuisine. Try the roasted vegetable tacos at Sophie’s Mexican Kitchen and treat your taste buds.
When you aren’t circling the South Rim, shop for luxury goods and outdoor gear at Village Aspen Place near the Northern Arizona University campus, or slide down the slopes during ski season, just 74 miles south of the Grand Canyon National Park. Channel the curiosity of Indiana Jones and the expertise of Mary Leakey and tour the Wupatki National Monument, an ancient pueblo near the San Francisco Peaks. This historic settlement, north of Flagstaff, was once home to Anasazi and Sinagua peoples, and you can see their civilization in the adobe and stone bricks. It stands as a reminder of those who first called the Sonoran Desert home. Honor their memory with the same care you put into climbing Everest—these are the world’s wonders after all.
Once you’ve chosen your home base near Arizona’s most famous landmark, it’s time to plan your excursion into the great outdoors. The South Rim is most accessible from the more popular towns and cities and although popular to fellow sojourners, that side is still relatively secluded. The South Rim is also sprinkled with exquisite vistas, visible from Yavapai Observation Station, Mather Point, and the South Kaibab Trail—all of which offer a peaceful backdrop for a moment of magic and majesty. The North Rim is largely untouched by humans as it is harder to access and it’s closed during the winter months, but if you do make it across the Colorado River, you’ll spend some quality time with Mother Nature.
Wherever you gaze into the Grand Canyon, know that you’re encountering one of the most beguiling natural landmarks in the world. Book cheap Grand Canyon hotels in the surrounding region, and save with our price-matching guarantee. You pay a small price for a grand adventure.