The sheer vastness of the Grand Canyon, a deep gorge carved by the Colorado River, draws visitors from far and wide to this Arizona sight. Here’s what you need to know about touring the Grand Canyon—by air, vehicle, and foot—from nearby Phoenix.
Guided Day Trips
Guided day trips are a convenient option for visitors to Phoenix who want to cross the Grand Canyon off their bucket list in one day. Travel by road via van or bus, stopping at scenic spots such as Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, and Navajo Nation along the way, or make the most of your time in the Grand Canyon State and travel by air to the West Rim by plane or helicopter. A full-day guided tour often includes activities such as a walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk overlook or a boat ride on the Colorado River, while customizable private day tours allow travelers to create an itinerary that suits their needs.
Guided Multi-Day Tours
If you've got a few days to spend at the Grand Canyon, multi-day tours offer a great way to take your time experiencing the area’s scenic beauty. You can easily break up the driving time with stops in Sedona and at Navajo reservations, with the option to see more of the viewpoints from the East Rim of the canyon. A three-day tour may add in a visit to the Grand Canyon Railway and the option for additional activities and free time. Expect to see more at a relaxed pace.
Things to Know
- Grand Canyon Village is located about 226 miles (363 kilometers) north of Phoenix, about a 3.5-hour journey by road.
- Full day tours range from about seven to 13 hours, so prepare for a long day.
- Make sure to dress for the heat and bring sun protection; the desert climate is often hot.