Grand Canyon, AZ, Guide and Information


Welcome to Grand Canyon

While the stunning beauty and immeasurable scale of the Grand Canyon draws visitors to this corner of Arizona, nearby towns like Williams, Seligman and Tusayan offer visitors a full range of amenities and attractions, from whitewater outfitters to movie theaters.

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Our Favorite Things To Do in Grand Canyon

Okay, we know what you’re thinking — why do you need to do anything in Grand Canyon, Arizona, other than see the Grand Canyon?

Yes, while this magnificent geological wonder is the primary draw to the surrounding towns of Williams, Seligman and Tusayan, if you’re planning a full vacation around the Canyon, you’ll want to have a few other things on your itinerary. Get your sightseeing, tours and rim hikes out of the way and then see what else this beautiful region has to offer.

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Historic Highlights of Williams, Arizona

If you're heading to the Grand Canyon, make sure you allow time to explore Williams, AZ.

Named after William Williams (also known as “Old Bill”), and known as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon,” the town was founded in 1881 when life was still pretty darn rough and tumbling. Although it offers all of the best amenities to visitors, including all kinds of hotels, restaurants, shops and tour services, Williams fortunately has preserved much of its Old West spirit. There’s even a Cowboy Wild West Show that takes place on main street during summer evenings. It’s good romping fun that most definitely gives you the flavor of the day. Check with the Williams Visitor Center to find out more. Go ahead and wear your cowboy hat, boots and bandana–that’s all part of the scene.

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Shopping at The Grand Canyon

Full disclosure: You’re not going to find a wide array of shopping options right next to the Grand Canyon. That would, after all, kind of spoil the view. However, if you’re not a big outdoor adventurer and you’re just stopping by the Grand Canyon to take in the scenery and snap some photos, you can drive just a short distance away to find a handful of shops and boutiques.

Here’s where to go near the Grand Canyon for all your souvenir and retail therapy needs.

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Where to Stay When Visiting The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the United States’ most well-known tourist attractions and one of the most-visited national parks in the country, with visitation nearing 6 million people every single year. If you find yourself among these visitors drawn to the Grand Canyon’s natural and awe-inspiring beauty, don’t just stop by and then head on your way to other attractions and destinations in the Southwest. Instead, stick around a while — at one of these top places to stay near The Grand Canyon.

For accommodations with a view, head to The Grand Canyon Lodge in North Rim, Arizona. Here, you’ll enjoy fewer crowds (as this is the side of the Canyon that typically gets less visitation) and rustic, log cabin-style accommodations. Make sure to try the on-site dining. The property’s grand dining room offers stellar, won’t-find-anywhere-else views of the canyon as you chow down on regional favorites. For hikers, the property provides a shuttle service to and from one of the Canyon trailheads.

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