Planning a family vacation to the Grand Canyon? This guide provides savvy tips on how to get to Grand Canyon National Park, where to sleep and eat, and what to do in addition to gazing out at this geologic masterpiece.
Getting There: Airports Near the Grand Canyon
You have three options for flying in and driving to the Grand Canyon:
Get to the Grand Canyon: Drive about 85 miles north along U.S. Highway 180 and state Route 64.
Travel Tip: This tiny airport is closest to the Grand Canyon, and there is an Alamo rental car location for your convenience. The airport offers commercial flights from Phoenix, Dallas and Denver.
Get to the Grand Canyon: Drive roughly 230 miles on interstates 17 and 40 and state Route 64.
Travel Tip: As an alternative, opt for this more scenic route: From I-17, take state routes 179 and 89A through Sedona, Arizona, to admire the striking red buttes and mesas.
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
Get to the Grand Canyon: Drive about 275 miles southeast via U.S. Highway 93, Interstate 40 and state Route 64.
Travel Tip: If time permits while driving I-40 through Arizona, consider a side trip to explore Grand Canyon Caverns via state Route 66. (Plan about 45 minutes for a cavern tour.) Kids will be wowed by the 21-story elevator descent below the desert to the largest dry caverns in the U.S., which are illuminated to show off the unique rock and crystal formations.