Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona is a great place to stay if you are visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Located only 90 miles away from the South Rim and only 193 miles to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers a lively mountain town environment just an hour and a half from the Grand Canyon. Many hotels in towns closer to the Grand Canyon such as Williams and Tusayan get booked a year in advanced. If you find yourself wanting to go to the Grand Canyon less than a year in advance, Flagstaff is a wonderful choice for placed to rest and put your boots on for your big day at the Grand Canyon.

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Flagstaff is about 79 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and is a great place find a hotel you're looking to explore more of the Southwest. Flagstaff is a vibrant town chock full of outdoor enthusiasts and local breweries. Depending on the time of year, visitors can go skiing and sledding in Flagstaff, go for scenic hike up Mt. Humphreys or any one of the innumerable hikes in this part of Arizona. make a great basecamp for anyone wanting to spend a few days exploring.

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How do you get to the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff? Usually, visitors headed to the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff are destined for the South Rim - the most popular area of Grand Canyon National Park - and they frequently embark on tours aboard a comfort-ride van or coach, particularly when the tour is taken in place of transportation. Popular South Rim tours also include the Grand Canyon Railway, which departs Williams for Grand Canyon Village daily, and 30 to 45-minute helicopter tours, flying from the Grand Canyon Airport near Tusayan over the South and North Rims and back, so while the train and helicopter tours are not available from Flagstaff, per se, they're an easy drive or $42 - $58 taxi ride from Flagstaff. Shuttles to the Grand Canyon depart almost exclusively from Flagstaff, offering pickup and return to Flagstaff hotels.

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A Day At The Canyon from John Burcham Photography. John Burcham is a commercial, editorial photographer based out of Flagstaff, AZ. You can see more of his work at www.johnburcham.com