Grand Canyon Holidays

Vast, magnificent and mesmerisingly beautiful, the Grand Canyon is easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark and a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Seeing the sunrise or viewing the enormous expanse of the canyon at sunset are bucket list experiences, but whatever time of day you visit, there’s no place on earth that rivals these views. Step to the edge and take it all in.

Stretching 277 miles from end to end, steep rocky walls descend more than a mile to the canyon’s floor, where the wild Colorado River traces a swift course southwest. The Canyon is divided into three unique areas that each offer a distinct and unique experience: South Rim, North Rim and West Rim.

Due to its proximity to the large towns of Flagstaff and Williams, the South Rim is Grand Canyon’s most popular area. Here you’ll find Grand Canyon Village, which along with lodging and dining options, has some of the best scenic outlooks in the park, including Yavapei Point. The Visitor Centre is also found here, where you can pick up in-depth information and self-guided walking brochures or simply follow the signs to the various lookout points and prepare yourself for simply jaw dropping views. There are many activities including guided bike tours, bike hire, horseback rides, a scenic train ride and hiking, although if you prefer a shuttle transports visitors along the canyon rim, stopping at many breathtaking vantage points. Just outside the entrance to the park is Tusayan and from here helicopter rides offer incredible aerial perspectives of the canyon.

While high elevation and heavy snow keep the North Rim closed during the winter months, this less-travelled area is a more remote and relaxing place to enjoy the beauty of the canyon. Viewpoints not to be missed include Point Imperial, Cape Royal, Roosevelt Point and Bright Angel Point. There are hiking trails ranging from four to ten miles roundtrip or alternatively, mule rides are a great way to enhance your visit.

Grand Canyon West is home to the glass-bottom Skywalk, a truly modern marvel, set 4,000 feet above the Canyon floor. Owned and operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, Grand Canyon West provides an opportunity to connect with nature and explore from top to bottom. The highlight is the horseshoe-shaped glass Skywalk that extends 70 feet out over the rim and offers unparalleled views of one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders.

Premier Holidays feature a fantastic selection of hotels in the Grand Canyon. Please see our brochure for details.

Why visit Grand Canyon?
  • Natural wonder of the world
  • Truly iconic experience
  • Breathtaking vistas
  • Lots of activities
  • More remote North Rim
  • Spectacular Skywalk
Essential facts about Grand Canyon
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Travel information

Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) is around is 3 hours 30 minutes drive from Phoenix or about 4 hours drive from Las Vegas. The west rim is about 2 hours 30 minutes drive from Las Vegas.

Best time to go

The South Rim is available year-round. Summer is particularly popular with warm temperatures and cool nights, but bear in mind if you do follow a trail to the canyon floor, the temperature will vary greatly. The canyon is spectacular in winter, dusted with snow, while spring and autumn offer glorious colour and slightly unpredictable weather, with either late-season snow, rain storms or unseasonably warm weather. The West Rim is also available year-round, with soaring summer temperatures, mild winters and lovely spring or autumn temperatures. The North Rim is usually only accessible from mid-May to October.

Visa information

If you are eligible to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme, you will need to obtain an electronic travel authorisation (ESTA) prior to travel. Please ask for details

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Unmissable Experiences in Grand Canyon
Trail of Time Hiking Tour excursion
Trail of Time Hiking Tour

On this three hour tour experience the unending vastness and awesome beauty of the Grand Canyon by exploring on foot. Accompanied by an expert guide walk along the paved Trail of Time from Yavapai Point to Grand Canyon Village. Available from the Grand Canyon.

From £115

Grand Entrance Sunset Jeep Tour excursion
Grand Entrance Sunset Jeep Tour

Travel by open-air jeep on this two hour tour with scenic views along Desert View Drive, miles past the last shuttle bus stop so you will enjoy the sunset in a peaceful environment undisturbed by traffic and crowds of tourists. Ticket to the IMAX theatre show also included. Available from the Grand Canyon.

From £119

Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour excursion
Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour

This 25 minute flight takes you over the Colorado River towards the north rim of the Grand Canyon and then through its widest and deepest sections. Available from the Grand Canyon.

From £225

The Grand Canyon Railway excursion
The Grand Canyon Railway

All aboard for an historic train ride from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park. The 1950s era passenger cars have comfortable bench-style seating while strolling musicians entertain with tunes of yesteryear. Available from Williams or Grand Canyon Train Depot.

From £89 (one way); £99 (return)