Gateways to the Grand Canyon: Places to Stay in Canyon Country

Grand Canyon National Park, especially its South Rim, has some of the best accommodations in the entire national park system, but it’s not always possible to get reservations. Using a nearby town as a base for a visit to the canyon can open up excellent deals. These gateways are often interesting in their own right and deserving of some attention from travelers.

Rio’s Fresh Crop of Hostels

Within the last year or so, a fresh crop of hostels have opened their doors, bringing the total number to 65. By the end of the year, another 10 hostels are slated to be up and running.

Day Trip from Rio: Petrópolis

Only an hour’s drive north from Rio, the summer getaway of the Brazilian emperor and his family still provides a welcome refuge. Aside from imperial trappings. Petrópolis offers a cool respite, fine food, and mountain scenery.