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The family is planning on going away from the day after X-mas till new years. We spend the summer at the beach, on the water or doing other related activities, so I wasn't really looking for a tropical beach type vacation. I also want to keep my money in the US this year.

I have been wanting to see the grand canyon for some time now, but hate crowds and do not want to leave good weather in my area in the summer. Any thoughts about visiting in the winter? From what research I have done, the South rim seems to be the place to be, especially with a 5 YO and and a 9 YO. I would thnk I would need to also plan something else to see as 6 days in the South rim seems t be a bit much.

Any thoughts about this? Where to stay and eat? Wife likes the grand hotel.

Other option is San Diego. Been there before and loved it, but not certain if I want to go there again.
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Seems like a lot of days to look at the canyon. Rent a car and drive to Vegas.
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Haven't been there but I've been to Colorado in the winter and it is AWFULLY COLD! In the mountain passes there is so much snow (12') that they are closed. If you are determined to go out there in the winter maybe a ski area would be better??
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Six days is a lot. BUT... here's an idea for you. Stay in Flagstaff. Get up one morning and drive over to Williams. Take the old-time train up to the canyon and spend the day. The train will bring you back that evening, or have dinner there and stay the night. There's a lot of old antique shops that are neat to browse in Williams and it's the famous Rt.66. A different day, go the opposite direction of Flagstaff and see the Meteor Crater and the Petrified Forest. On yet another day, go a bit south of Flagstaff and take 89A down through Oak Canyon to Sedona. Sedona is fantastic beauty and a neat town to browse and shop and have a meal. There is usually a fantastic Holiday light display at the artist village Telaqepaque in Sedona.

All of these things within easy reach of Flagstaff as your base of operations, day trips. You'll see some of the best Arizona has to offer! Let me know if I can help in any way.
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
Six days is a lot. BUT... here's an idea for you. Stay in Flagstaff. Get up one morning and drive over to Williams. Take the old-time train up to the canyon and spend the day. The train will bring you back that evening, or have dinner there and stay the night. There's a lot of old antique shops that are neat to browse in Williams and it's the famous Rt.66. A different day, go the opposite direction of Flagstaff and see the Meteor Crater and the Petrified Forest. On yet another day, go a bit south of Flagstaff and take 89A down through Oak Canyon to Sedona. Sedona is fantastic beauty and a neat town to browse and shop and have a meal. There is usually a fantastic Holiday light display at the artist village Telaqepaque in Sedona.

All of these things within easy reach of Flagstaff as your base of operations, day trips. You'll see some of the best Arizona has to offer! Let me know if I can help in any way.
How about Oatman? That place is a trip. Might be long ride though, I don't remember without looking. Old Rt. 66.
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The Grand Canyon Skywalk is something I would love to see. You notice I said SEE, I am so scared of heights its not funny. I got dizzy just looking at the video. But this is good site about it.

http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/index.html
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The south rim has the only open accomodations that time of year. You may want to check on the availability of rooms before making plans. The canyon is georgeous in the winter time. There can be a lot of snow but normally it isn't to bad. One of the nicest vacations my wife and I have ever had was Easter in the Canyon

Depending on what you like to do and where you will be staying 6 days can be a day or two too long in the canyon if you are not hiking or camping. There a several National parks within a day's drive of the Canyon, Check with Bryce Canyou and Zion national parks for their winter schedules. May be a good way to fill in for a couple of days.
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
Six days is a lot. BUT... here's an idea for you. Stay in Flagstaff. Get up one morning and drive over to Williams. Take the old-time train up to the canyon and spend the day. The train will bring you back that evening, or have dinner there and stay the night. There's a lot of old antique shops that are neat to browse in Williams and it's the famous Rt.66. A different day, go the opposite direction of Flagstaff and see the Meteor Crater and the Petrified Forest. On yet another day, go a bit south of Flagstaff and take 89A down through Oak Canyon to Sedona. Sedona is fantastic beauty and a neat town to browse and shop and have a meal. There is usually a fantastic Holiday light display at the artist village Telaqepaque in Sedona.

All of these things within easy reach of Flagstaff as your base of operations, day trips. You'll see some of the best Arizona has to offer! Let me know if I can help in any way.
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What he (she) said. We took the train several years ago and loved it. Do the overnighter and stay up at the canyon. Painted desert / Petrified forest arer beautiful. Sedona is great also. We were there in early October and only for a about 3 days. Would love to see it in the winter.
If you are into shooting you could always plan a class at Gunsite and lret the family play for a few days.
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I'd check with the Park Service. We were going there over Thanksgiving and the park, North rim at least, closes Nov. 1
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Well, the Canyon is off. Too cold. We decided on San Diego.
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Been to the Grand Canyon, Yellow Stone, Zion and some other fabulous places out west. I recommend them all. But perhaps the coolest place I have ever been to out west is Lake Powell. It has a 1,900 mile shoreline. Yes, that is correct, 1,900 miles.

http://www.lakepowell.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Powell
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I agree that it would be cold there in February.

We're doing Las Vegas, Zion, North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Bryce for an 8 night family vacation during the last week of June 2011.
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I agree that it would be cold there in February.

We're doing Las Vegas, Zion, North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Bryce for an 8 night family vacation during the last week of June 2011.
gf,

I know I already mentioned it in my previous post (sorry guys), but you really need to look into visiting Lake Powell while your out there. It's like the Grand Canyon, but filled 1/2 way with water.

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