Discover boutique hotels at the Grand Canyon
It’s huge, it’s ancient and it’s something of a celebrity – let’s be honest, you’ve seen the Grand Canyon before. But have you barrelled between its billion-year-old rocks on the Colorado River’s white waters? Or trekked down teetering ledges on a trusty mule? We’d bet our hiking boots you haven’t gazed into the abyss from a helicopter. For some sights, stock-photo snaps and drive-by glimpses just won’t cut it – we’d wager one of the world’s greatest natural wonders is one of them. Buckle up that backpack and get the Kodak clicking – your Arizona adventure awaits…
When to go
Brace for peak crowds and temperatures from late May to early September. Opt for autumn for milder hiking weather and dwindling tourists – bonus: you’ll see the aspens in their fiery fall hues.
PlanesWhere’s best to touch down depends on which rim you’re heading to. For Grand Canyon West, you’ll want to fly into Las Vegas – from there, it’s around two and a half hours by car. If you’re aiming for the South Rim, Phoenix is your best bet, then buckle up for a four-hour desert road-trip.
AutomobilesIt’s a doable drive from Las Vegas, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Albuquerque. Some starting points are better than others, depending on which area you’re aiming for, but the journey from each city to most points around the canyon is no more than a few hours. Hire a car at the airport if you want to explore different rims; otherwise, you should be able to arrange transfers with your hotel.