One of the most dramatic natural landscapes in the entire world, millions of people flood every year to the Arizona desert to peer over the canyon walls into the impressive Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon, which is a both a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most visited attractions in the entire U.S., where people come from around the world to check out the mile-deep canyon that was carved over several million years by the Colorado River.
Since there are obviously no hotels located at the bottom of the canyon, so visitors to the Grand Canyon have a couple different options as to where to stay during their visit. There are two ways to approach the Canyon: the remote North Rim and the more accessible (and therefore more crowded) South Rim. Both areas have several options for camping, as well as hotels and restaurants. Expect all of these facilities to be overflowing with visitors during the busy summer season. Fall, spring, and winter are all great times to visit the Grand Canyon as fewer tourists mean better hotel rates and smaller crowds.
There are a few different hotels located within the National Park closest to the Grand Canyon on the south rim of the canyon. The Kachina Lodge and Thunderbird Lodge are rim lodges originally built in the 1960s that have since been renovated and about half the rooms face the majestic canyon.
Because hotels inside the park tend to fill up faster and cost more money, those looking for more budget-friendly hotels near the Grand Canyon can also stay just outside of the South Rim in Tusayan. Here, guests will find the kitschy Wild West themed Grand Hotel along with a Best Western Squire Inn (which features a pool) as well as aHoliday Inn Express Grand Canyon, which also features an indoor pool.
If you are visiting the Grand Canyon from the more remote North Rim there are fewer hotel options (but also fewer people!). The Grand Canyon Lodge offers motel style accommodations that are more affordable then some of the South Rim hotels.