The gateway to the South Rim, Tusayan is just 2mi (3km) from the Grand Canyon. With easy access to the majestic national park, the Kaibab Forest and Grand Canyon National Airport, this Southwestern community is the spot to stay for outdoor adventurers. For a premium place to rest your head between your daily expeditions in Arizona, try one of these handpicked hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.
Just 1mi (1.6km) from the South Rim and just minutes from the Grand Canyon National Park Airport, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Canyon is a convenient spot for travelers. The comfortable rooms are replete with classic Southwestern decor, while a heated indoor pool and hot tub are a great place to bathe your aching limbs after a day spent hiking. Tusayan’s restaurants and shops are walking distance from the property.
Resembling a rustic lodge with pristine timber, stone and iron construction, the Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon offers Wild West-themed rooms and an expansive lobby with antique furnishings and authentic historic photographs lining the walls. For evening downtime, take a seat at one of the Canyon Star Saloon’s bar stools, which feature original mule runner saddles. Don’t worry if you forgot to pick up souvenirs in the park: the property’s boutique gift shop specializes in Native American jewelry and art.
Situated just under 2mi (3km) from the national park entrance, the pet-friendly Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn is a destination in itself, with an indoor and outdoor pool, an outdoor patio bar with a relaxing fire, a bowling alley and an arcade. Get set for your exploration at the Canyon Room Restaurant’s daily breakfast buffet.
Perched directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon, this historic hotel has hosted the likes of Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey and President Bill Clinton. Designed as a cross between a Swiss chalet and a Norwegian villa, El Tovar’s charming rustic feel is prominent throughout its bustling lobby and 78 rooms, including its 12 themed suites that pay homage to authors and artists. Enjoy drinks and dinner on the Lounge’s veranda, while watching the sun set over the canyon.
Thunderbird Lodge unites vintage 1960s charm with contemporary amenities inside Grand Canyon National Park. Just steps away from the Rim Trail, this family-friendly motel offers spacious canyon-view, earth-colored rooms complete with stone-tiled bathrooms, in-room refrigerators and Keurig coffeemakers, which contribute to a park-wide recycling and composting program. The park’s famed restaurants and other hiking trails are within walking distance.
The closest lodge to Mather Point Visitor Center, Yavapai Lodge sits directly in Grand Canyon National Park among piñon and juniper trees. This pet-friendly property is home to a coffee shop to fuel the day and Yavapai Lodge Restaurant and Yavapai Tavern for post-hike Southwestern feasts. A market, bank and post office are steps away from Yavapai Lodge, for anything that may come up on your trip.
Directly along the Rim Trail in the center of Grand Canyon National Park’s historic district, the Kachina Lodge is a comfortable and modern lodging option inside the park. Many rooms offer partial canyon views, and all rooms feature classic amenities such as refrigerators, coffeemakers and flatscreen TVs for relaxing after days on your feet. There are also plenty of restaurants close by.
Hearkening back to the national park’s historic past, this rustic lodge and surrounding cabins pay tribute to its rich history with a preserved home of one of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and the former post office, as well as dozens of historical postcards, park menus and other memorabilia. For an active experience, check in for a renowned Grand Canyon mule ride or head down the Bright Angel Trail for a hike. The hotel’s Fred Harvey Burger’s robust menu is refreshing after a day on your feet.
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