My husband and I are taking my Mother (poor of health, can only take short walks) to the Grand Canyon. We will be staying in Flagstaff. Does anyone have suggestions as to the best tour to take to the canyon?
Thanks in advance for any help given. Lynettie
From Flagstaff, you can go directly to the canyon by two ways (which then meet up at the canyon itself). One method is to take US 180 (the most direct method) which merges up with Arizona state highway 64. The other way is take US 89 north to Arizona State Highway 64 and go west to the canyon.
Take DaveinMD's advice. He pointed out that most people stop at the very first parking/viewing spot you see--which is always packed and overwhelmed with cars. He suggests (and I concur) that the best thing to do is to go to the third or fourth viewing spot (which will have many fewer cars and crowds) and go there instead. (Note this is if you go by taking US 180. If you go by US 89, then the farther you go, the greater the crowds, but you still want to go a short ways, since the view does get better as you go a bit farther west.)
Enjoy. The Grand Canyon is really amazing to see--and I've ranked it as my #1 thing I think everyone should visit when in the US.
P.S. One other thing. The southwest is extremely hot everywhere--but Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon are exceptions to this. It occasionally snows in Flagstaff even in the summertime--and the Grand Canyon at the rim can get quite cool (although at the bottom it can be 30 degrees warmer). Make sure your mother (and you) take warmer clothes as well as cool ones for visiting these two locations.
[ Edit: Edited on 11-Aug-2011, at 23:15 by Calcruzer ]