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1. Posted by IAMNOBODY (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Hi, how are you? I'm planning on driving from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon and back next Wednesday. Can anyone tell me how long it will 'really' take? Also, is there anything really good to see along the way? I've heard the towns of Chloride and Kingman in Arizona are worth checking out. Any info would be great. Thanks.

2. Posted by IAMNOBODY (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Did I mention that I left in 4 days so any info would be helpful! :)

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Hey Das, we visited both places last year, but didn't drive directly there, so I can't really estimate times. 8 hours? Maybe? Someone else should answer that. It's a great trip though!

One of our absolute highlights visiting the US was the small town of Oatman, tucked in the hills on the 'historic' Route 66 about an hour out of Kingman. Kingman is nice as well, but not as interesting as Oatman. They even had a mock shoot-up in the main street organised by the Oatman historical society; really tongue-in-cheek and quite entertaining! I'd recommend you visit there! I can upload some pics of both Oatman and Kingman if you're interested. Thanks for bringing back some good memories!

Btw, we stayed at the Brunswick Hotel while in town. Partally because we live in a suburb of Melbourne called Brunswick and partly because it looked really cool! If you plan on overnighting in Kingman, be aware that there are some VERY noisy trains that come through in the middle of the night. The Brunswick hotel provides some earplugs, but it doesn't help a great deal. I wouldn't stay in town for more than one night due to how loud it is!

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

It is about 5 hours, and there are usually no sort of traffic problems that route;) Oatman is your best bet;) as Peter said.
(The North Rim is closed until the middle of May..so you have to use the South Rim entrance. There are some great places to stay AT the Grand Canyon too...Hope this helps!
http://www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/south-rim/lodging.htm
Have a great time;)!

5. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

I would say Red Rock Canyon, but seeing as your going to a bigger one there's no point.

6. Posted by IAMNOBODY (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Thanks for the info. We have 5 full days in Vegas so we do plan on driving out to the Grand Canyon and back to Vegas in one day. I've read about Oatman, sounds interesting, but I think we will skip it as it is out of the way of our main route. I've read lots of neat things about Chloride, AZ, which is off US RTE 93 on the way to Kingman. Also we are planning on doing Red Rock Canyon another afternoon plus Hoover Dam/Lake Mead with the Valley of Fire on another day as well. I've heard that the 'Strip' gets old fast so with these side trips, I'm sure it will be a good time, although I'm a little perturbed at the weater forecast, they are calling for rain and light showers next week...I thought it was a desert! :)

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

When it rains..it doesn't last long...except during monsoon season;)

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I typed that...then talked to my sister (who lives in AZ) only to find out they are having their wettest winter in 20 years there...it's been raining for days..:(

9. Posted by IAMNOBODY (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Came back from a week in Vegas, quite an amazing place. Sin City is an appropriate name. Vegas is all about excess, and anything goes. We didn't gamble very much, but still managed to keep busy the whole time.

We drove out to the Grand Canyon one day, it took us about 6 hours. However this included stops in Chloride (a semi-Ghost Town), Kingman and Williams, Arizona. There was also a half hour line up just getting into the park. Coming back was only 4 hours. The canyon was indeed grand, 5 hours wasn't enough to take it all in, but enough to gain some appreciation for it.

We also checked out the Hoover Dam, it was okay. It is big, it blocks the flow of the Colorado river quite well. We were there Good Friday so it was quite busy. There is a lot of traffic in the area due to a US government road block which inspects all vehicles traveling on US-93, which crosses the Dam. In addition, there is a lot of construction going on as they build the Hoover Dam Bypass.

10. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Sounds like all in all you had a good time. How were the rains?
I couldn't get over the size of the Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon...pictures do neither one justice.