The most romantic things to do at the Grand Canyon


The Grand Canyon is a popular family holiday spot but it’s also a great holiday options for couples hoping to enjoy a romantic getaway.

We’ve pulled together a list of the most romantic activities to enjoy at the Grand Canyon, read on below to find out more.

Enjoy a champagne lunch and a helicopter tour

If you have a special occasion coming up and you want to impress your lover then a day trip helicopter tour with round trip transfers from Las Vegas is the way to go.

Enjoy your time before in Las Vegas and then relax as everything is organized for you. Tour operators can arrange pick-up from most of the major hotels in Las Vegas, or Boulder City.

You’ll then get the opportunity to see some of the best sights the Grand Canyon has to offer from the sky. Get amazing aerial views of landmarks such as the Hoover dam, Mojave desert, extinct volcanoes and the Colorado river over the course of 70 minute helicopter tour ride.

After flying over the area, descend onto the canyon floor to enjoy an intimate champagne lunch under a Native American Ramada. This is a truly unique experience and one of the best ways to romantically wine and dine your partner whilst seeing the Grand Canyon.

Have a romantic dinner on the edge of the South Rim

There’s nothing like eating dinner with a view over the massive expanse of the Grand Canyon. The El Tovar dining room is a highly sought after dining experience for many visitors to the area. El Tovar offers a classic, fine dining environment and is a great excuse for patrons to dress up and enjoy incredible, five star dining options.

Many of the dining options within the park are quite basic, so this makes a nice change. If you’re looking to enjoy a more luxurious trip to the park then El Tovar can top off a wonderful evening after a day of enjoying activities such as the helicopter tour.

The dining area of the El Tovar is majestic and made of Oregon Pine and native stone. The artwork and murals on the walls, and the rustic style of the room are reflective of the four Native American tribes that call the area home.

The food draws from local and Southwest influences and the restaurant is considered to be the premier dining experience in the area, it is an internationally renowned dining option and well worth the visit just make sure you reserve a table well in advance to avoid disappointment.

If you’re travelling to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas then you will need to continue on past the West Rim to the South Rim to get to the restaurant. It’s a longer drive, but many of the famous sights are located in this area so it’s worth it if you have some extra time.

Eat chocolate strawberries onboard the Verde Canyon Railroad

For Las Vegas travellers reaching the Verde Canyon Railroad can be a long trip because it is located on the Arizona side around Sedona, but this fun four hour long train trip is one of the most romantic activities at the Grand Canyon so it’s worth it for tourists with time to spare.

If you want to do something truly amazing for Valentine’s day then the Chocolate lovers special on the Verde Canyon Railroad is an amazing experience.

Enjoy the pleasures of wine, cheese and most importantly a Belgian chocolate fondue fountain where you can dip strawberries, bananas and pretzels to your heart’s content.

Enjoy the views out the window whilst you sit comfortably in the romantic carriage seating on the train.

This is the ultimate way to spend Valentine’s Day with your lover, so if you’re stuck for romantic ideas then this is sure to impress.

If you’re heading away from Arizona then start here and work your way toward Las Vegas.

Go stargazing under the night sky

The Grand Canyon has low levels of light pollution and as a result has some of the best night skies around, making it the perfect place for star gazers to enjoy.

If you’ve just come from the city lights of Las Vegas you’re probably missing the stars, get back to nature at one of the base camps dotted around the park.

There’s nothing more romantic then marveling at the celestial sights on offer at the park on a picnic blanket. Take a telescope with you and you’ll be able to see everything.

There are some great places to make the most of star gazing around the park, such as at Yavapai Point, which is only a short walk from Grand Canyon Village.

If you want to make a real night of it, why not take part in one of the star gazing parties that happen regularly around the national park.