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Northern Arizona Grand Canyon Country

Discover the beauty of red rocks, lakes and historic Route 66 surrounding the park.

  • Sedona, Arizona - This land that is called Red Rock Country is a four-seasons playground for everyone from historians, geologists, archeologists, artists, art collectors, adventurers, and especially for curious outdoor enthusiasts who love spectacular scenery.
  • Kingman, Arizona - Kingman is the Heart of Historic Route 66 between the Grand Canyon Skywalk and Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoy the Historic Downtown's four museums and a self guided walking tour of more than 40 sites on the National Registry of Historic Places.
  • Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge - Located within the Park the historic Lodge is nestled on the north edge at 8,100 ft with inspiring views of the Canyon. Featuring 218 guest rooms and cabins and various dining venues to fit your schedule.
  • Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas - Lake Powell is the ultimate playground with nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, perfect weather and some of the west's most spectacular scenery. Rent a houseboat or enjoy the resorts and take a guided tour.
  • Lowell Observatory - Located in downtown Flagstaff, the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory offers a vast public program including telescope viewing, world-class quarterly exhibits, daytime tours and multimedia shows
  • Williams, Arizona - Williams is the Gateway to the Grand Canyon® and a true western community with cowboys ready to welcome you on Route 66.
  • OARS - When it comes to experiencing — not just seeing — the Grand Canyon and Colorado River in Arizona, no one does it better than OARS. Choose guided hiking, rafting or dory boating.
  • Grand Canyon West - Get an aerial view of the Canyon through a glass bridge on the Skywalk, take a white water rafting tour with Hualapai River Runners, go on a helicopter and boat tour, soar over cliffs on a zip line and experience history at Guano Point.
  • Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel - Since 1901, the railway has been taking passengers on a fabled journey to the heart of one of the seven wonders of the world. Grand Canyon Railway is more than just a mode of transportation: it’s a trip back in time on lovingly restored rail cars with entertaining musicians and the antics of cowboy characters.
  • Cottonwood, Arizona - Take a stroll through this charming historic downtown packed with wine tasting rooms and restaurants before heading to a rare solitude-fueled national monument.
  • Prescott, Arizona - On your way to the Grand Canyon, stop at America's oldest saloon, wander Whiskey Row, then stay the night at comfy hotels.
  • Flagstaff, Arizona - Located two hours from six national monuments and Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff is a thriving university town with a charming historic downtown.
  • Yavapai Lodge - This eco-friendly lodge inside Grand Canyon National Park is located just a quarter mile from the canyon’s South Rim. Nestled in the woods, the lodge features locally sourced cuisine, air-conditioning, fire pits and lawn games.
  • Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona - Explore trails through the world’s largest Ponderosa pine forest and beside 50 alpine lakes. This four-season White Mountains playground sits one-hour south of famous Route 66 on the way to the Grand Canyon.
  • Chino Valley, Arizona - An undiscovered destination in the central Arizona highlands with vast, wide open spaces, Chino Valley is defined by friendly people, unique eating establishments and outdoor adventure.

Greater Arizona Hot Spots

Add more Arizona parks and city attractions to your Grand Canyon trip.

  • Arizona Office of Tourism - Visit the legendary Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and Arizona's most identifiable - and breathtaking - landmark. Request your Arizona Visitors Guide!
  • Gilbert, Arizona - Ranked as “Phoenix’s Coolest Suburb,” and a “top 5 foodie neighborhood in metro Phoenix,” Gilbert is the perfect home base for Arizona explorations because of its close proximity to 22 national parks (including the Grand Canyon) and 35 state parks.
  • Wickenburg, Arizona - Get an authentic taste of the Wild West in a town that merges the past with the present in a way that awakens the cowboy in everyone.

Utah Stops on the Way

North of the Grand Canyon, five Utah national parks and mountain towns await.

  • Kanab, Southern Utah - Stay in one place while visiting a multitude of national parks and national monuments in our area: Grand Canyon, Zion, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Pipe Spring, and Glen Canyon/Lake Powell.
  • Ruby's Inn - Ruby's Inn is the closest lodging to Bryce Canyon National Park. We offer the finest in Accommodations, RV Park/Campground, Restaurants, and Western Activities, in the Bryce Canyon area.
  • Visit Salt Lake - Long-known as the most convenient gateway to America's most stunning national parks, Salt Lake offers endless options and experiences for anyone and everyone.
  • Visit Cedar City - National parks, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Brian Head Resort, Parowan town - it's all here!
  • Bryce Canyon Country - Just 20 minutes from Bryce Canyon National Park lies a string of towns like Panguitch, Escalante and Boulder that make for a great base to explore Utah’s red-rock country. From dark skies to slot canyons to local coffee, adventure awaits.
  • Capitol Reef Country - Take in Utah’s stunning color palette in and around Capitol Reef National Park plus side trips to Goblin Valley, Bryce Canyon and a stunning scenic drive.
  • Destination Moab: A Hotel Collection by Vista Host - Start planning your stay at one of Moab's Mighty Four- Expedition Lodge, Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn Express. Enjoy hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and explore eastern Utah’s favorite national parks.
  • Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office - Striking red rock cliffs, towering, carved canyons, sweeping vistas, and deep, cool waters make Greater Zion a colorful adventureland.
  • Sun Outdoors - Stay in one of four resorts near Moab, gateway to Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Enjoy amenities for RV sites, tent sites, plus cabin and Airstream rentals.

Colorado Stops on the Way

Experience cliff-side ruins, steam-powered trains and mountain views in route.

  • Durango, Colorado - From fly-fishing, zip lining and mountain biking, to biking, skiing, rock climbing and golfing; outdoor enthusiasts will be amazed by the playground Mother Nature has provided in Durango, Colorado.
  • Mesa Verde Country - The welcoming communities of Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos nearby Mesa Verde National Park offer comfy accommodations, world-class dining, microbreweries and wineries, all kinds of outdoor fun, and visitor services.

Texas and New Mexico Stops on the Way

Explore Native American culture, New Mexican foods and park sites such as White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park on your way to the Grand Canyon.

  • Grants, New Mexico - There is a place where Route 66 winds through enchanted mesas and towering sandstone bluffs. Where ancient pueblo cities reach to the sky, subterranean adventures tunnel below, and rolling greens are par for the course. Explore Grants!
  • Farmington, New Mexico - Farmington is your ticket to unlimited adventure. Rugged, wild scenery coupled with unique culture, it's here that outdoor lovers and active families thrive.
  • Carlsbad, New Mexico - Located in the Chihuahuan Desert on the beautiful Pecos River, this oasis is the gateway to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
  • El Paso, Texas - The birthplace of Margaritas has a historic mission trail, stunning and serene places to get outdoors, and taco options from DIY to high-end creations.
  • Alamogordo, New Mexico - From White Sands National Monument to alpine meadows high in the Sacramento Mountains, outdoor lovers love Alamogordo. Visitors will also find the birthplace of space exploration, a thriving performing arts center, surprising restaurants and top-flight golf.
  • Deming, New Mexico - Explore a world-class museum, take in the charms of old Mexico in nearby Palomas, visit where Pancho Villa’s daring raid took place or sip award-winning wines at area wineries.
  • Los Alamos, New Mexico - Ideally located for day trips to enchanting places in northern New Mexico, you’ll find scenic byways, national park sites and landscapes that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe.

Tour Guides and Tour Apps

Don't miss a thing by following an expert - a literal "Grand Canyon Travel Guide."

  • GyPsy Guide Grand Canyon Driving Tour App -Listen to an expert tour guide automatically play interesting and entertaining commentary as you go.
  • Wildland Trekking Guided Hiking Vacations - Go on an unforgettable hiking vacation. There's a tour that fits nearly anyone who loves to hike in world-renowned, breathtaking landscapes.