A popular destination for visitors to the USA is the Grand Canyon in Arizona. But when you conduct further research, you quickly discover that there are significant other destinations in the local area. There are natural wonders in abundance, a multitude of Anasazi ruins and Native American culture to experience.
If you have limited time then planning is essential to make the most of your vacation. The area which surrounds the Grand Canyon is called ‘The Grand Circle’, and there are many websites which provide tourism information. The Grand Circle covers a large area and many options, so your holiday itinerary can be tailored to suit your personal interests.
Grand Circle Region
Grand Circle Association. This website provides a useful overview of the Grand Circle Area. A very good map is provided, which highlights the main attractions in the area. This website provides links to the individual website for each attraction.
Arizona New Mexico & the Grand Canyon Trips (Regional Guide)Provides excellent information to do your initial trip planning, with suggested routes and places to visit.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Arizona & the Grand Canyon Provides a better understanding with pictures of the various attractions in the region, which is great for initial trip planning.
Grand Canyon – West to East
Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Skywalk is in the western section of the Grand Canyon, called the West Rim. It is within the region of the Grand Canyon owned by the Hualapai Indian Nation, which is centred in Peachtree.
Havasupai Tribe. This website provides details for travellers who are interested in visiting the Havasupai section of the Grand Canyon, which is to the west of the NPS South Rim. The key attractions are five magnificent waterfalls.
Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service (NPS) website contains everything you need to know to plan your visit to the Grand Canyon. The main entry points to the Grand Canyon National Park are the North Rim and the South Rim.
Visitors to the USA may not realise that there are many categories of attraction, which include National Park Service, National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, National Forests, National Recreation Areas, Utah State Parks, Arizona State Parks, Wilderness Areas and Native American Attractions. Most of these websites include interactive maps to assist in finding destinations. The Grand Circle Association destinations section provides an excellent reference to all of the attractions within the Grand Circle area, including links to the specific website for each attraction.
These websites are the official tourism website for each state in and around the Grand Circle region. They each link through to local community websites which provide additional information on each destination.
Grand Circle Gateways
Airport options to arrive and depart from the Grand Circle region using commercial airlines include:
|Airport||Connections||Drive to South Rim Grand Canyon |
(from AAA.com TripTik)
|Drive to North Rim Grand Canyon|
(from AAA.com TripTik)
|Las Vegas NV (LAS)||Major Hub||4:20 hrs / 277 mi / 445 km||5:19 hrs / 281 mi / 453 km|
|Phoenix AZ (PHX)||Major Hub||3:41 hrs / 234 mi / 377 km||–|
|Flagstaff AZ (FLG)||Los Angeles|
|1:35 hrs / 91 mi / 146 km||–|
|Prescott AZ (PRC)||Los Angeles|
|2:01 hrs / 120 mi / 193 km||–|
|Kingman AZ (IGM)||Las Vegas||2:49 hrs / 175 mi / 281 km||–|
|Page AZ (PGA)||Phoenix|
|2:35 hrs / 140 mi / 225 km||2:40 hrs / 125 mi / 201 km|
|Cedar City UT (CDC)||Salt Lake City||–||3:38 hrs / 163 mi / 262 km|
|St George UT (SGU)||Salt Lake City||–||3:41 hrs / 164 mi / 265 km|
|Moab UT (CNY)||Denver||5:23 hrs / 327 mi / 526 km||6:42 hrs / 398 mi / 640 km|
Many people enter and/or exit the Grand Circle region via Las Vegas (LAS), as it is a major airline hub. The official tourism website for Las Vegas is Visit Las Vegas. Other websites with information on Las Vegas include Vegas Viator tripadvisor
Greyhound buses service parts of the Grand Circle area. This link takes you to their route map.
Amtrak trains service parts of the Grand Circle area. Look up the route map for further information.