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1. Posted by Shep007 (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Hi All

Just wondering what people would recommend for visiting the grand canyon, i am going to america in december/january and picking a car up when i leave San Francisco on the 18th December. The car is getting dropped off in Las Vegas on New Year's eve so i kind of have time to kill before i get to Vegas

Me and my friend were wondering what other travellers would recommend, is it worthwhile squeezing in a visit to Phoenix and then maybe going to Grand Canyon from there and trying to stay somewhere near there???

We have been thinking about the helicopter trip from Las Vegas to the grand canyon but as we are only in Vegas for 3 days we are kind of pushed for time to fit everything in

Any suggestions would be much appreciated

thanks

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Alan,
I think one day at GC would be worth the effort. It is an easy drive from LV, figure 5 hours. We stayed in Williams AZ after Hoover dam and driving some of Route 66. Up early the next day, had 8 hours at the South Rim, back in Vegas about 11pm. Two long days to be sure, but worth it IMO. Photos of that trip are in my gallery, page 24-25 USA.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jul-2011, at 22:04 by vegasmike6 ]

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 5y

Alan,

As vegasmike6 says, a day out at the canyon is worth the trip if you have the time. I've taken the helicopter trip (which is also fun, but quite expensive--and it is the easiest way to get there).

However, taking a trip by car there allows you to actually see the deeper part of the canyon (which the helicopter doesn't go to, since it only visits the most western portion). Also, it does allow you to see the high country of Flagstaff/Williams--and also visit the beautiful red rock area of Sedona, just a short ways south of Flagstaff. A trip to Phoenix is nice also--but the Grand Canyon/Sedona areas are the must see spots in my opinion.

Enjoy yourself--you'll be surprised at just how beautiful this part of the country is--and good luck in Vegas with shows and at the gaming tables and swimming pools.

4. Posted by TOBY TYKE (Budding Member 86 posts) 5y

Alan, vegasmike is correct in saying GC is worth the drive from Vegas, via the Hoover Dam and up route 66, we took the helicopter ride from the canyon and found it not too expensive, and as Mike said we were up early that morning and had a good full day at the canyon before heading back to Vegas.

my wife and i are Beatles fans and the "Love" show is brilliant if you like the music of the Beatles, we also so "KA" by Cirque du Soleil which is also excellent.

By the way i think vegasmike was referring to pages 33/31 in his gallery of that trip to GC, think he could have had one of his senior moment only joking Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!! and thanks again for a good and safe trip Allan & Gail

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Quoting TOBY TYKE

By the way i think vegasmike was referring to pages 33/31 in his gallery of that trip to GC, think he could have had one of his senior moment only joking Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!! and thanks again for a good and safe trip Allan & Gail

Allan, good to see you are back on TP. Pretty spotty posting Allan!! Now, you need to apologize for casting aspersions on my 'senior staus'. If you will re-read my post, I said page 24-25 USA. Allan, you have to select 'USA' from my list of countries, then they come up on page 24-25. Now, don't you feel silly doubting me? That was rhetorical. Of course you!!
Stay in touch with a PM.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jul-2011, at 17:38 by vegasmike6 ]

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7. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

A Grand Canyon trip was the reason I joined this board a few years ago. Our trip started in Phoenix with a few days in Sedona followed by a few at the South Rim. As others have said you absolutely have to see the Grand Canyon, no question about it. If you don't you will regret it forever. Here are my recommendations:

Sedona: beautiful for sure but a bit too touristy for us. An overnight would have been fine. If you have extra time take a drive up the canyon (yes you will see GREEN there, shocking) to Flagstaff. One thing you absolutely have to do is have dinner at Elote's Cafe. We lucked out and happened to be staying at the hotel it is attached to and stumbled upon this place, later finding out that it is now a well know jewel. When I combine the quality of the food with the views from the deck of the red rocks it was the greatest dinner of my life.

Grand Canyon: It's not even close to a full day drive from Sedona so take the scenic route. Sorry, can't remember the route numbers but it does go by a ski resort outside of Flag. We stopped there and took the chairlift to the top, that was pretty cool.

Again we lucked out and happened to pick a great place to stay at the South Rim, Bright Angel Lodge. There are cheaper hotels in Williams but is it worth saving $25 to have to drive to the canyon? We rented a cabin 50 yards from the rim for something like $125. There are other lodges, cabins but some are far from the rim and have crap for food options. Bright Angel is right near all the restaurants/bars. When you enter the park don't make the mistake I did and stop at the first viewing area. That is where everyone stops and it's packed. There are dozens along the way, skip down a few for a less crowded view.

We had planned to go on a balloon ride in Sedona but the winds prevented it. So much to my hesitation we took the helicopter ride over the canyon instead. I was hesitant because I felt if was invasive but was relieved when I saw the route that we took was far from most of the visitors. This was one of the coolest experiences I've had in a long time. When you go over the rim it takes your breath away.

Have fun and fill us in when you return.

8. Posted by TOBY TYKE (Budding Member 86 posts) 5y

Quoting vegasmike6

Quoting TOBY TYKE

By the way i think vegasmike was referring to pages 33/31 in his gallery of that trip to GC, think he could have had one of his senior moment only joking Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!! and thanks again for a good and safe trip Allan & Gail

Allan, good to see you are back on TP. Pretty spotty posting Allan!! Now, you need to apologize for casting aspersions on my 'senior staus'. If you will re-read my post, I said page 24-25 USA. Allan, you have to select 'USA' from my list of countries, then they come up on page 24-25. Now, don't you feel silly doubting me? That was rhetorical. Of course you!!
Stay
in touch with a PM.

I don't mind having to apolgize to you Mike, should have known better than to doubt your senior status!!!!! did not spot the USA gallery, and i am sure if Mr Murdoch can eat humble pie think i should take a bit as well, would rather have a bit of Blackberry and Apple though, must try not to jump in with two feet next time;)

9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Allan,
I knew it was your spotty use of TP that tripped you up. Old hands like me, 'A GURU!!' use TP so often that we know to click on the country BEFORE looking for photos.

I have to agree on the blackberry pie, yummy. I also order razzleberry pie when offered. Hard to go wrong with a nice slice of pie!

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jul-2011, at 11:28 by vegasmike6 ]