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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A Quick Guide to Exploring the Grand Canyon North Rim

The Grand Canyon’s North Rim may only be 20 miles away from the popular South Rim as the crow flies, but thanks to its remote location and higher elevation, it offers an entirely different experience.

If you’re torn between the iconic views of the South Rim and the rugged wilderness to the north, our brief guide to the visiting North Rim will help you decide if this off-the-beaten-path Grand Canyon experience is right for you. Keep reading to discover what you need to know before you visit, including what viewpoints to include on your must-see list. Let’s jump in!

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8 Pro Tips for Beating the Heat at the Grand Canyon

Summer is fast approaching, with sunshine and soaring temperatures hot on its trail.

The Grand Canyon is usually a little cooler than the dry desert heat of Las Vegas because of its higher elevation, but the mercury still skyrockets along the Rim and inside the Canyon during the summer. In some areas, average temperatures regularly reach (and exceed) 100 degrees:

South Rim
North Rim
West Rim
Low 80sMid 70s100+

Despite the heat, the summer months are peak tourism season thanks to summer break and the influx of family vacationers. So don’t let a little weather deter you from visiting the Grand Canyon!

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