Tusayan is the closest destination for travelers looking to stay near the Grand Canyon but not within the park itself. Usually, lodging options within the park book up several months in advance – sometimes up to a year! – so Tusayan is often a smart alternative option.
It’s a small town located a mere couple of miles away from the South Rim entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park, and only a few more miles away from Grand Canyon Village and the Canyon’s edge. The bulk of the town’s business is devoted to serving travelers in the region, so many of the local businesses are geared towards providing dining, shopping, and other useful options.
In addition to a variety of hotels that come in at a range of price points, there are also a number of individual attractions in town. The most significant is the National Geographic Visitor Center, home to the famed IMAX Theater. This theater shows the same informative film on a loop, “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets” – a must-view movie for new visitors to the National Park. It’s a roughly 30 minute study of the major highlights and, as the title suggests, little-known details about this magnificent natural wonder.
You’ll also find a variety of dining options spanning the culinary gamut from inexpensive fast food to local Southwestern cuisine to sumptuous steak and seafood. Dining in Tusayan is a good alternative to dining in the Grand Canyon itself because prices are lower and you’ll find much better availability at Tusayan restaurants.
Here are some of the major hotels in Tusayan:
Offering a deluxe option among its competitors, this Best Western Premier features a variety of top amenities to its guests like a spa, fitness center, laundry, several dining options, and even a game room and bowling alley. It’s an ideal family destination and is especially amendable to extended-stay guests.
This resort-style hotel is ideal for guests looking for a little bit of luxury in their Grand Canyon-area stay. Featuring a restaurant, a lounge, and even an outdoor heated pool, Canyon Plaza Resort is an oasis in the desert for guests looking for all the comforts of home.
This dependable hotel has been very recently renovated, offering new furnishings, top amenities, and useful extras to their guests. You’ll find everything you’ve come to expect from this national chain alongside unbeatable proximity to one of our nation’s most treasured natural landmarks.
A truly affordable option for the budget-conscious, Red Feather Lodge is a cozy, rustic option with tremendous customer service. Offering comfortable, clean lodgings and a number of top amenities for extended-stay guests like on-property laundry. They’re also really helpful when it comes to planning area tours and excursions.
A luxurious accommodation that’s perfectly suited for an elegant Grand Canyon vacation. It’s located just a mile from the south entrance of the Grand Canyon and a short drive from the South Rim. Offering King and Queen rooms, plus the spacious Grand Suite for families or large groups, this hotel also boasts an indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center. High-end furnishings, expertly curated décor, and a rustic yet expensive aesthetic all make for a truly special experience.