Travel Guide to Grand Canyon Gateway Towns
Because of the Grand Canyon's massive size there are numerous towns and cities people can use as a base camp or entry point to the Grand Canyon. From major hubs with international airports, to sleepy towns with great restaurants and old school lodging, it’s nice to get an idea where to start your Grand Canyon trip so you can spend your vacation enjoying the canyon. These nearby cities also offer their own unique culture, activities and attractions that make a great addition to your adventure and a more customized Grand Canyon area experience.
The two major cities closest to the Canyon are Phoenix and Las Vegas. Flagstaff, AZ is only 1.5 hours from the South Rim and although it is a smaller city, it does have an international airport. Tusayan is the closest town to Grand Canyon Village and also has a small public airport. Other towns in Arizona that are close to various areas with the Canyon are Sedona, Seligman, Peach Springs, Meadview, Marble Canyon, Fredonia and Jacob lake. Kanab, Utah is fairly close to the North Rim, as well as the Tuweap region of Grand Canyon National Park. Read the guide below to learn more.