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Grand Canyon or not?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by hselland81, Feb 3, 2015.

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  1. hselland81

    hselland81 Tourist

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    Will be staying in Vegas from 5th to 13th of March... Want to go to Grand Canyon, but not sure how.. Any recomendations for tours/companys? Budget is $100 p.p.
     
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    How many times have you been to Vegas.........if this is your first don't pay extra to see the GC.......it's not that great.....it will take a complete day+ to do it and you just payed all this money to be in Vegas.
     
  3. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Couldn't disagree more with this opinion. GC is a tremendous site. if you're into the outdoors whatsoever, it is a must see
     
  4. joaks

    joaks Low-Roller

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    Do you already have a rental car? Or are you looking only at a tour company?
     
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    I did the helicopter tour and that was very good and even landed in the Canyon, you can do it by road which would suite your budget but it will take a whole day up.
     
  6. jhair

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    Don't know if you're interested in this but when we went to the canyon we rented a car and drove to Williams Az. I think it was about a 4hour ride.
    In Williams you can catch the excursion train to the Grand Canyon and back. Not sure how much all that cost but you need to allow 2 days for this.
    You will need some warm clothing for this!
     
  7. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Spend more. Do the helo trip. It is awesome.

    I can not imagine going to Vegas, then riding a bus all day.
     
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    golfer1903 Low-Roller

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    Grandcanyontourcompany.com. Is who i like
    Done it twice. Great trip. Pickup at u hotel. And drop off all in one day. Long day. Buss is great. Food. All for 79.99 pp. highly recommend then
     
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    MUFC Low-Roller

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    Don't pay extra to see the Grand Canyon??!! I'd love to know what you would pay extra for!!?
     
  10. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    I have a decided opinion on this. (Imagine that?) Some people indeed don't get the canyon. Pull up, kick the tires for a minute, exclaim it's a big hole in the ground then jump back in the car. Some people think Hollywood is So Cal, too.

    The canyon deserves time. And a stroll of not that long can get you away from the deafening crowds and industrial tourism of the rim, and noticeably so along the North Rim, which to me is the go-to side; yes, I realize it's not instantly accessible and that takes time away from the sacred majesty of a never-changing Las Vegas casino. If a person has more than a week in Vegas -- and notably if they are not from these here parts -- it's a great use of time and experience to carve out several days for a loop of the plateau region: Bryce, Zion, North Rim. It's still not exactly immersive, but it works with the schedule, and the three parks and the connecting terrain are singular.

    I know, I know, I'm not like many here. I'm perfectly fine with some Vegas and some other of the regional majesty.

    BTW, an overnight taking in one is better than none.
     
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    It all depends on how much Vegas you want to see and how long your vacation is. For those who want to do Vegas in 3-4 days I would not recommend seeing the GC because you paid a high ransom to fly into Vegas and to be staying in Vegas to see Vegas. And you will probably return to see Vegas and that's when I would recommend side trips out of the Vegas lime light.

    We seen the GC on the north rim and camped there......had a so called "rim site" that we paid extra for and left after only one day there thus forfeiting 2 days already paid for. WHY......because after traveling 6,500 miles thru 17 states and Canada the GC is the most overrated part of our trip. That's why I recommended not to pay extra on their first trip to Vegas to see the GC as there is a LOT more on the Strip and Downtown to enjoy.
     
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    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    +1. And that is why people travel. To find out what they enjoy and what they don't enjoy. The moral? Experience stuff for yourself.
     
  13. WHITEJACKET73

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    Ken's suggestion of making the "loop" through Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon north rim is an excellent one; but will take 2 to 3 days (or more) to appreciate everything that these places have to offer. Sitting on the patio with a cocktail at the north rim's lodge and watching the sunset in all it's colorful pageantry and quiet solitude is one of my favorite memories. Zion and Bryce also have a lot to offer.
     
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    Yep, and I hope I was clear that a Vegas trip of at least a week is the minimum needed if heading our for a night or several. And I DO realize people are going to Vegas for Vegas. But there is just so much amazing America out there really not that far away, and particularly if the trip is across multiple times zone or international borders. I am an American who is acutely proud of our natural bounty and that we had some visionaries who figured out we need to save some of it.

    I think Vegas is special. I also believe if there is time available it is a shame to miss all that stuff that Muir and TR found so awesome -- natural America -- when so much of the best is so close.

    To the OP: My apologies if I took this a bit off the rails. I can't recommend a service provider as we've always made it to the canyon -- Bryce, wherever -- via our own means. But if you do head that way and particularly if you decide to head up toward Utah, drop me a line and I'd be glad to share what I know.
     
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    My first few Vegas trips were 5 or so days so we had time to explore around, the have gotten shorter since the kid came along.

    My group of buddies I took out to Vegas for their first time, we rented a car for the day, went to GC and then back. Everyone one of them was happy they did it. I had been to GC once before on a Vegas to Phoenix back to Vegas road trip but glad I went. Next time I go I want to go to the north rim.
     
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    It's not cheap or ever was, my family [4] used a tour company a few years back, flew out of Vegas, at that time, $150 a person. Picked up at hotel at 10:00 am, flew out at 11:00 am, arrive at GC, 12:00pm. free lunch and was on a bus. Left grand canyon about 4:00 pm, was back in hotel 5:30, 2 hours to shower and went to a show. Now a days I think price wise, it's up there,,$250 to $300 a person? Nice clear day the guide told us, alot of days the smog screws the view. It's Beautiful, if you can include a full day, Do it, Once in a life. I also been to the walk, that's very cool also,, not cheap. The reservation that runs it, gives no breaks price wise. But also a Beautiful Site. I love the mountains and desert. Just need the proper planning and $$$$, it will be more then $100 a person by the time you're done.
     
  17. hselland81

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    Think that we will drop GC this time. We do not have a rental car. Will go to GC some other time when our "party" is bigger. (only me and my brother now).
    Have decided to take a night flight over the strip with Maverick Chopter :) Hope that will be an experience.
     
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