The Grand Canyon has been a quintessential American destination and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There are no high-end accommodations close by, requiring visitors to strategize when it comes to plotting an itinerary (contact our Bookings Team for help planning a trip).
The Grand Canyon is well situated for road trips between Sedona and Las Vegas. Must stops along the way include Lake Powell, Zion National Park and Grafton, Utah, a bona fide cowboy ghost town. The Grand Canyon can be toured when driving from one destination to another or as a day trip from Amangiri, a three-hour drive to the North Rim, or from Arizona’s Enchantment, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the South Rim. To avoid the crowds at the South Rim, plan to go in May or early June or in the Fall (late September/early October is best). For an overnight, the best option is the historic El Tovar, which is booked up to a year in advance because of its location.
Adventure seekers will relish the opportunity to hike in the Grand Canyon as a way to enjoy the majestic site without the tour buses. Located within the canyon, the Phantom Ranch is rustic, with gender-separated dormitories and basic cabins with bunk beds, but it makes a good base camp for hikers. Plan to stay at least two nights to allow time for the day it takes to climb down into the canyon, a day for trekking and a full day to climb back up to the rim. Hikers are rewarded with incredible landscapes, but this itinerary requires endurance.
By far the glitziest option is to take a private helicopter tour, from Las Vegas. Choose the three-plus-hour “landing tour,” allowing for extra time to explore the Grand Canyon rim on foot. In Las Vegas, a good hotel option is the Mandarin Oriental, which has a contemporary design scheme and a relaxed ambiance, thanks to the fact that there is no casino on the premises. Another great conclusion to an American West tour is by ending up at the Enchantment Resort, in Arizona, or at the Amangiri, in Utah; both resorts take inspiration from their incredible natural surroundings, making them memorable and destination-specific conclusions to a trip.
Heavy snowfall can make the North Rim inaccessible in winter, but the South Rim has desert-like weather throughout the year (expect some rain in August).
Indagare can help arrange custom expeditions in the Southwest, which include the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell and Moab. Nights can be spent in private luxury camps in canvas tents with mattresses. It’s as luxe as camping in the U.S. gets.
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