When to Upgrade to a Deluxe Grand Canyon Tour

Your flight is booked, your hotel room is reserved, and visions of jackpots are dancing in your head—a trip to Vegas is on the horizon.

Whether you consider yourself a budget genius who specializes in getting the most bang for your buck or a luxury lover looking to extract every moment of indulgence from a trip, Las Vegas has hotels, restaurants, and activities for travelers of every inclination.

But you already know that.

What you may not know is that Las Vegas is ideally situated for a visit to the Grand Canyon—close enough, in fact, that day trips are possible, and popular. There are a number of tour operators (including Canyon Tours!) that will pick you up right from your hotel on the Strip, with tour options to suit any traveler, from budget-friendly bus tours to ultra-luxe airplane tours complete with a champagne toast on the Canyon Rim.

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Best Places to Stay When Visiting the Grand Canyon

Whether you’ve been planning your Grand Canyon vacation for months or are just starting to research your options, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make before you can strap on your hiking shoes, hit the trails, and snap that perfect #CanyonSelfie. What rim should you visit? What time of year is best? And of course, where will you stay?

There are numerous accommodation options to suit every traveler, both within the Grand Canyon National Park and in nearby towns. Most of the hotels located within the boundaries of the National Park are situated on the South Rim, in or near the Grand Canyon Village, but the best place to stay when you visit the Grand Canyon will ultimately depend on your budget and travel needs.

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Celebrating the Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th Anniversary

The Grand Canyon may be 5 million years old with a human history stretching back over 12 millennia, but it wasn’t until 1869—just 150 years ago—when U.S. Army Major John Henry Powell led the first expedition through the canyon on the Colorado River that the Grand Canyon was first recognized for the tourist mecca it would eventually become.

In fact, when Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives completed his 1858 steamboat expedition just 11 years earlier, he claimed that “the region is, of course, altogether valueless […] It seems intended by nature that the Colorado River, along the greater portion of its lonely and majestic way, shall be forever unvisited and undisturbed”.

Fast forward to February 26, 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson officially designated the Grand Canyon a national park. 100 years later, the Grand Canyon National Park welcomes over 6 million visitors each year, and the canyon’s lonely and majestic allure is as solid as rock. If only Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives could see the Grand Canyon now!

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A Quick Guide to the Grand Canyon East Rim

When you picture the Grand Canyon, views of the many scenic overlooks on the South Rim, or perhaps even the rugged North Rim or growing Grand Canyon West region, are often the first that spring to mind.

Unlike the South Rim, North Rim, and Grand Canyon West, there is no officially designated tourist area on the eastern rim of the Grand Canyon. Locals use the term “Grand Canyon East” to describe an area where there are a number of famous sites and views of the Grand Canyon, but it is not an official designation used by the National Park Service; some of the “east rim” is located on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, but the majority of the sites are encompassed by and accessible from the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Read more