Gateway Towns to the Grand Canyon

Location of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, U.S.

Towns in the greater Grand Canyon area are destinations in themselves. These include Tusayan (the closest town only 7 miles from the South Rim), Williams (starting point for the Grand Canyon Railroad), Kingman (in the heart of historic Route 66), Flagstaff (historic downtown, observatory, and Amtrack station), and Page (near Lake Powell).

Downtown Flagstaff, Ariz. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Flagstaff, Arizona, Discover Route 66, Ropes and Ale

This lively gateway community comes with a historic downtown. Take the self-guided walking tour, dare to climb the ropes or do the Ale Trail. Read More...

Sunset at Almstron Point on Lake Powell in Arizona

Page, Arizona and Lake Powell

With its turquoise waters and lively boating scene on Lake Powell, Page, Ariz. is your oasis in the desert. Don’t miss these three attractions nearby. Read More...

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona. Photo by Lear Miller courtesy of Visit Sedona.

Sedona, Ariz., Red Rocks and Energy Vortexes

Sedona is just a 2-hour drive from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Hike or bike 100 red rocks trails, visit a spiritual vortex in the mountains, or browse one of 40 art galleries. Read More...

Tusayan Shuttle in front of the IMAX

Tusayan, AZ – Southern Gateway to Grand Canyon

Located just 7 miles south of Grand Canyon Village, Tusayan’s attractions focus on the park, from canyon-themed gift shops to IMAX and park tour companies. Read More...

Pete's classic 1940's Ford sedan out front of his namesake Route 66 Gas Station Museum in Williams, Arizona. Photo by Loco Steve via Flickr

Williams, Ariz., Gateway to Grand Canyon on Route 66

A wildlife park, a scenic train ride to the Grand Canyon, a thrilling zipline adventure above Route 66, and a peaceful mountain retreat are waiting for you in Williams. Read More...