I'm new here and planning my very own American trip and i'm really excited and overwhelmed at the idea.
One of the things on my to do list (which is growing by the second) is to see the Grand Canyon. I dont want to spend a fortune but dont really want to die either!
any one have any ideas on the best way to do this, or how you have done it in the past?
I've seen a couple of tours at vegas.com that are ok but still pricey
any help would be greatly appreciated
You shouldn't have to spend a fortune just to see the Grand Canyon. I have been there twice (North and South rim) and it's free (or very cheap) to just get access to seeing the canyon. The main problem will be getting to the actual canyon from whereever you are starting. If it's Vegas, renting a car might be a good option. Otherwise there'd probably be something via Greyhound which goes that way (and includes the Hoover Dam most likely). I doubt any tours would skip the Hoover Dam and it is pretty spectacular!
A lot of tours might also include a night near the canyon, with a walk down into the gorge. If you have time, I'd definitely recommend it. The second time I was there a few friends and me splurged and took a heli flight over the canyon; it's pretty spectacular if you get the chance to do it!!!
The mule tours are great too... you ride down and camp overnight.
You could fly into Phoenix, rent a car, drive to Flagstaff and stay the night. Drive to the Grand Canyon in 2-2.5 hours at the South Rim from Flagstaff(which is way busier, but very quick to get to) and be back to your hotel in Flagstaff that evening. I took my fiance and we stayed till sunset then drove back to Flag. I know minus renting a car, because I live near Phoenix, we probably did a 3 day trip in Flag/Grand Canyon for under 300 bucks including gas stayed at Holiday Inn Flagstaff (the only one you can't hear trains all night). You would want to drive back to Phoenix through Sedona which is beautiful with its red Rock and is supposedly the center of the universe or something? Lot of crystal worship there and hippies. You would want to drive through Oak Creek Canyon to get there, it is especially lovely in Autumn for orange/red leaves and a quaint creek. However, Oak Creek Canyon is currently on fire and there are firefighters everywhere. I think right now its 107 Farenheit so its dry!!!
I have been to the Grand Canyon probably 10 times and am awe inspired every time!!!
Send me a message if you have any Arizona related qustions I might be able to help with.
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 21, 2006 3:00 PM by J-wal ]
i stayed in the hostel at Flagstaff and then went on the tour they had for $50...it was a very good tour, u can get the train to flagstaff from LA. Hostel was nice. they also do a Sedona tour which was $35 and that was good too. :D