From Sedona to the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited attractions in Arizona….and for good reason! Being one of the seven wonders of the world and containing so much history and beauty, the Grand Canyon is a must-do for every Arizona visitor and resident alike. As the closest luxury resort to the Grand Canyon, we are excited to share our passion and insight for a truly memorable Grand Canyon visit. Whether you are planning a rim-to-rim-to-rim multi day-trek or looking forward to embracing the wonder of the canyon in a day trip, we will make sure that you are outfitted with our expertise.
Afar.com included L’Auberge de Sedona in the article “Grand Canyon National Park Is Turning 100—Here’s How to Celebrate” which showcases a variety of experiences, packages and events throughout the state inspired by the Grand Canyon’s 100 year anniversary and calls out L’Auberge de Sedona as not only being the closest luxury resort to the park, but also for its Grand Canyon Centennial Package.
L’Auberge de Sedona Celebrates the Grand Canyon
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park. One hundred years ago, this February, the Grand Canyon received National Park status, twenty-six years after being afforded federal protection. Today 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year. Sizeably speaking, the canyon is not the largest in the world but is proudly about 1 mile deep and 18 miles wide. It is understandably one of the seven wonders of the world and an experience on many bucket lists. The Grand Canyon and Sedona are both iconic natural destinations, so it makes sense to visit both in one luxurious Arizona escape.
Grand Canyon Centennial Package with Aeriel Tour
L’Auberge de Sedona has created a Grand Canyon Centennial Celebration package in partnership with Westwind Air Services. Our signature Grand Canyon package has been pieced together with elements that will create lasting memories, without compromising luxury.
- 3-Night Stay
- Westwind Signature Grand Canyon Tour with Pink Adventure Tours
- 2-Healthy Hiker Backpacks
- 2-Packed Picnic Lunches
- $300 Cress Dinner Credit
- $300 L’Apothecary Spa Credit
- Chef’s Signature Welcome Amenity
Grand Canyon Experience Package
Check off two bucket list items in one visit, combine your Sedona escape with a Grand Canyon experience. This Sedona to Grand Canyon Package brings together the best of two incredible destinations.
- 2 Night Stay in a Cottage
- Grand Canyon Tour for Two (tour time ranges from 10-11 hours)
- Luxury transportation from Sedona to the Grand Canyon South Rim, with plush leather captain’s chairs, large windows and a DVD player.
- Includes Lunch
- Tour Guide throughout the trip as you travel through Oak Creek Canyon, Flagstaff and the Ponderosa Forest on the way to the Grand Canyon.
- $40 One-time Breakfast Credit
How to Experience the Grand Canyon
Spend time with our concierge either before your visit or once you are setteled in and ready to plan your adventures. Our team can make sure your experience is one of a kind as you decide how you want to see the Grand Canyon – Hiking, Biking, By Air, By Train, Private or Group Tours.
Tips for Exploring the Grand Canyon
- Take the time to truly experience the Grand Canyon. While its beauty can be viewed from the top just beyond the parking lot, the magnitude can only be experienced by spending time and a little energy. If hiking isn’t your idea of fun, there are tours that can be taken to give you a better understanding of the history and take you to superior vantage points for views and historical buildings. If you do enjoy a good hike, the team at The Hike House can point you in the right direction to experience the best spots.
- Hug a tree and ask an expert. There is so much history to learn and it doesn’t have to feel like school. See tip #1 and take a tour or do your research on the history of the land and people, but also the special species of animals and plants that only live in the giant hole we lovingly call the Grand Canyon. For example, there are 60 species of birds that are native to the canyon.
- Keep your wits about you. While so much work has been done in its 100-year history of being part of the National Parks, the Grand Canyon is still a vast area that can present some danger if you aren’t careful. Also, be sure to dress accordingly as the weather at the top (South Rim) is quite different than the weather at the bottom (Phantom Ranch) and is usually 20 degrees warmer at the bottom. In the summer, Phantom Ranch will exceed 100 degrees.
- Take and post photos, the Grand Canyon will create an amazing backdrop and could win you an awesome prize. Tag your photos with #FindYourPark and submit to the National Parks for a chance to win. Take our word for it and check out the other photos at #findyourpark and you will be lost in inspiring and stunning photography.
Driving to the Grand Canyon from Sedona
The majority of our guests make the Grand Canyon a day trip and drive in their own vehicle. If you have the time, we suggest you “do the loop” and drive up one route then come back on different route to the one you went up on. We can provide you with all the maps, directions and suggestions that you need. Grand Canyon: Plan Your Visit would be another good resource as far as other things to expect for your journey to the Canyon.
It is a 2 hour drive on The Fast Route (I-40 W to AZ-64 N):
- Take State Route 179 away from the hotel and get onto I-17. If you stay on 1-17 it becomes the main street of Flagstaff and when you go under the railway line, the first traffic light is the left turn that becomes Hwy 180. Take 180 until Hwy 64, then 64 to the south entrance for the Grand Canyon.
- If you came in at the south entrance you can drive yourself to the overlooks on the East Rim and walk around the main area of the South Rim where you will see the historic El Tovar Lodge, the Hopi House, Kolb Studio and the Bright Angel trail that goes down in to the Canyon. They offer free shuttles which run every 15 minutes and take you to the overlooks out to the west.
- This route takes about two and a fifteen minutes and is the most direct.
For a route that has a few more stops along the way:
- Take State Route 179 away from the hotel and get onto I-17 until you reach Flagstaff, then take I-40 East to 89 North and proceed towards the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon at the Desert View Watchtower along AZ-64 W.
- Along the way you can stop and visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, the Wupatki National Monument, and the Historic Cameron Trading Post, specializing in Native American crafts since 1916.
- Once you are there, it is easy to get around to the various overlooks and other interesting sights.