The beauty of visiting Grand Canyon National Park is that it’s big enough to enjoy from multiple vantage points. The South Rim is the more popular place, with its established tourism infrastructure and iconic canyon views. But don’t overlook the North Rim, with scenic drives and hikes well worth the longer trip to get there.
Use this guide to help you decide whether the Grand Canyon’s South Rim or North Rim is the best fit for your vacation.
- About 85 miles north of Flagstaff Pulliam Airport in Arizona
- About 230 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- About 275 miles east of Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
Incredibly vast canyon vistas, gorgeous hiking trails, mule rides and historic lodges — many of which are accessible by car year-round — make the South Rim an ideal national park experience, especially for families and sightseers.