Hello! We are a family of 4 (2 children aged 14 and 12) and we have booked flights from the UK to Vegas arriving on August 21st and leaving on August 30th. We would like to get a flavour of Vegas before visiting the Grand Canyon and then going up to Yosemite before returning to Vegas for the flight home. My wife and I visited these places (and more!)on a backpacking visit to North America in 1989 and now we would like to see them again with our children.
Could anyone suggest a route with some stop off points that would take in these places (and also say if you thing Yosemite is too far!)Maybe a sort of oval (if possible) route so we don't retrace our steps coming back to Vegas. We were thinking of 2 nights in Vegas before heading off.
We need to do this on a budget basis. I have priced some of the older strip hotels and the rates seem very good. If any one has experience of a particular, low cost, hotel please let me know. I have also priced some park accommodation at South Rim which is more expensive. If anyone could give their opinion on whether staying right up close to the canyon is really not to be missed or whether staying a few miles away (I'm not sure the names of towns near the canyon) would be a better (cheaper) bet. I remember Bryce and Zion and Death Valley but cannot remember the order we saw them or the name of the towns near them to stay in. Also, if Yosemite is not out of the question, where would be good budget places to stay in that area.
I would be grateful for your help!
Not a whole lot of advice, but I've stayed twice at the motel 6 in Vegas and thought it was good value for money. There are several Motel 6s - the one I stayed at is literally right across the street from the MGM Grand.
The accommodation is nothing flash, but the location is fantastic.
You may find fairly decent rates at the Sahara, (advertising rooms for about $50), but I would probably spend an extra $15.00 or so and opt for The Tropicana which is reasonable, has a great pool area and NY,NY's roller coaster is steps away. (Thinking of the kids).
Yosemite is about a 7 hour drive from Las Vegas which should be a nice day's drive. I've read very good reviews for this particular budget accomodation which offers a few options www.yosemitebug.com
Also, since you will be quite near Sequoia National Park I would definately recommend spending a day or two there in the Giant Redwoods which are incredible; something the kids are sure not to forget. This site offered many options for lodging:
Gary, it's a tough call, but I think you may be biting off more than you can chew. It really depends how much time you want to spend in a car and how good your kids are at the travelling thing.
It looks to me like you've a maximum of 8 full days and I don't think it's enough to see all three. Both Yosemite and the Grand Canyon are a day's drive away from Vegas - and a day back. That's 4 full days driving, so half your holiday gone. Don't do it.
Choose either Yosemite or the G.C. and make the most of it.
One solution - although not 'budget' - is to take a flight or helicopter trip from Vegas over the Canyon. This can be done in half a day from your hotel. It's expensive, but not much more so than the fuel costs driving back and forth. Plus you get to see the Hoover Dam from the air.
Personally, we stopped at Barstow on our way from Yosemite to Vegas. Not a lot there, but we were in an RV and there's a good park there. It can be done in a day if you wish.
In Vegas, we stayed in the Circus Circus RV Park next to the hotel. Don't know their current rates, but it seemed a good place to be and has an 'Adventuredome' attached, like a mini indoor theme-park. Great for the kids for a day.
Be prepared for Vegas to capture you though. I never thought it would be my kind of place, but we spent 5 full days there and didn't get bored. Walking up and down the strip at night is a must, for all the hotel's shows. You will mighty HOT in August too. Hope you like that!
Tip: Caesar's Palace does an "All you can Eat" buffet for a reasonable price. Very good atmosphere and sure to fill your kids up - especially if they're lads!
Thanks to all that have posted responses so far. I have also responded individually to each person. The choice of accommodation in Vegas is bewildering!
I have been quoted about £150.00 ($240.00) for a weeks rental of a full sized saloon. Does that sound about right?