Explore Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon HotelsInstantly recognizable, the rusty red rocks of the cavernous Grand Canyon continue to enrapture and inspire millions of visitors each year. Whether you're standing at the top, peacefully absorbing the magnitude of the mile-deep chasm - or are deep down in its heart, battling against the fury of the river rapids - there are endless ways to admire and experience the Colorado River's incredible handiwork. Things to seeThe Grand Canyon stretches for 277 miles through Grand Canyon National Park, with countless scenic viewpoints and hiking trails dotted along both the north and south rims. Photos don't do the views from Lipan Point justice, and sitting with your feet dangling over the copper-colored expanse below - is a humbling experience. Stay for sunset to see the best views, as the walls and rocks of the gorge dance with golden light and dramatic shadows. There's a lot of the Grand Canyon to take in, and hiking along South Kaibab Trail Head is one of the best ways to fully absorb your otherworldly surroundings. You'll see bright purple cactus flowers blossoming despite the harsh desert conditions, and wild elk roaming along the well-maintained paths as you slope down into the belly of the canyon. Few visitors can help themselves from obliging when they reach the aptly named 'Ooh Aah' Point on the trail. Grandview Point offers another spectacular lookout; where you can enjoy the silence as you watch vultures and eagles solemnly circle the air below you. Hotels in
Grand CanyonHiking up and down the canyon will take its toll, so replenish your energy levels by staying at one of the high quality hotels nearby. Return to a large room, where you can enjoy free WiFi access - great for sharing the pile of photos you build up each day. Fancy a lazy evening? Kickback in front of a homely brick fireplace with a good book, or soothe your aching limbs by lowering yourself into a heated indoor swimming pool for a few leisurely lengths. Cheaper Grand Canyon hotels are also available, and you can get your caffeine fix from tea and coffee machines located in the lobby, before retreating to your air-conditioned room with TV.Where to stayIf you're in Arizona for the Grand Canyon, there are few better places to stay than Tusayan. Just 15 minutes' drive from the South Rim, you won't waste a second more than you need to traveling. The small town offers a good choice of hotels and restaurants, and even has its own small airport. You can also whet your appetite for what's to come by experiencing the Grand Canyon movie at the town's colossal IMAX cinema. Here, the giant screen will drag you into the tale of man's struggle to conquer the raging river that continues to gradually chisel out the canyon. How to get to Grand CanyonOne of the easiest ways to access this natural wonder is to fly from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park Airport, in Tusayan. Another popular option is to land at Vegas or Phoenix airport, and then make the 4-hour drive across to the canyon. You can also arrive by train, with Amtrak services running from Chicago and Los Angeles. These stop at Williams, where – in season – you can jump aboard a scenic Grand Canyon Railway steam train, which will roll and puff its way up to Grand Canyon Village in around 2.5 hours.