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So you're finally ready to check the Grand Canyon off your bucket list! You've made the commitment to travel to the remote corner of Arizona, where the world's most dramatic gorge opens across a vast plateau. The miles of forests and plains surrounding the Grand Canyon are mostly void of civilization. Thus, getting here is quite the drive.
With so much to do in this massive national park, the last thing you want is to spend most of your day in the car. The solution is to spend the night in or near the park so that you can maximize your time at the overlooks, exhibits, and on the trails rather than on the road. But you certainly want to sleep and eat comfortably in order to have full energy for a full day of adventure. Luckily, there are many lodging options nearby and enough variety to satisfy any traveler.
Whether tucked in the depths at Phantom Ranch in the bottom of the canyon, or sleeping under starglow on the rim at Grand Canyon Lodge, the national park and vicinity has numerous accommodations that let you enjoy every minute--both day and night--of your trip to the Grand Canyon. The best times to experience it are by far early and late in the day--when crowds thin, summertime temperatures drop, and the low sun sheds dramatic colors on the landscape. To be sure you don't miss out, book one of these lodging options near Grand Canyon National Park.
Opening the curtain to a canyon sunrise, gazing out your window to layers of painted cliffs and golden sky--this is of course the ultimate in Grand Canyon accommodations. There are many options for staying inside the park, some of which are right on the rim, but they are understandably in high demand. For the unbeatable convenience of walking or riding the free shuttle to restaurants, shops, museums, art studios, and trailheads from your room, you should book well in advance, especially if you'll be visiting during the busy months of March to October.
While the glamour and convenience of staying on the canyon rim are obvious, booking such high-demand rooms can seem like a chore. Luckily, there are a few choice accommodations just outside the park in the tiny town of Tusayan, which is only a 15-minute drive to the South Rim Visitor Center using the available free shuttles. Tusayan also has the benefit of more dining options than you will find inside the park.
For the thrifty traveler, there are still plenty of options for staying overnight and saving a dime. Most of the budget accommodations are a farther drive from the park, but this also makes booking less competitive so rooms are more likely to be available last minute. Here are three of the closest, which are likely to be along your route to the South Rim. For more options, look at Williams or Flagstaff, the two nearest cities.
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