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Old 11-05-2011, 10:38 AM
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Going to a destination wedding in Phoenix this spring and thinking about worthwhile side trips. Is Grand Canyon Nation Park unpleasantly crowded? Is it a one, two or three day destination? Any other interesting destinations? Thanks MartyD
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If you are from New Jersey, the Park will not be unpleasantly crowded. There will be a bunch of people there, but not too many. Probably would be a two-day trip to get there, see the Park and then get home. I think I saw somewhere that there is a train that goes to the Park, but don't remember from where it departs.
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When you leave Phoenix and head north, you can drive up through Oak Creek Canyon, which is scenic enough to be be a destination on its own. It is a trip I'd love to do on a motorcycle, so stopping would be easier than parking a car. A convertible would also be ideal. Allow yourself most of a day, so you can stop, have a picnic and enjoy the place.

The Grand Canyon is spectacular, and is big enough that it can absorb a lot of people. There are lots of places to meander to and most of it involves standing on the edge and being stunned at the size and grandeur of the place. But unless you plan to go down into the canyon, or are a serious nature fan, a day at Grand Canon can do it.

So, once you've done Oak Creek Canyon , spend the night in Flagstaff and do the Grand Canyon as a day trip from Flagstaff. The IMAX Grand Canyon show is worth seeing as well.
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What's the name of that glass-bottom overhang place?

Here it is: http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/
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4 years ago today my lady and I were in Grand Canyon, we flew in to Phoenix and drove northwest on 93 up to Kingman. If you're old enough you might remember the old TV program "Route 66", we are and 66 is still much the way it was going Northeast out of Kingman and then West to Flagstaff. Hopped off at Williams and drove north into the park. We spent for 5 days checking out the sites, daily short hikes, a trip to the IMAX show which is outside the park and got to enjoy the sunsets ( make sure you stay for a sunset). Over the last 2 days that we were there, the parks filled to capacity ( all the beds within the park were taken) hiking and visitor information sites were not too crowded, viewpoints became untolerable for me. Left the park by the east entrance and drove down to Flagstaff and Sedona ( Sedona was packed), through Prescott and back in Phoenix, I think we took 10 days and enjoyed it all.
That "glass bottom overhang place" is on the north side of the canyon and more accessible from Las Vegas.
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Yes, by all means go. We need the money here in AZ!

I'm good for a day when I take visitors. The train mentioned above is a GREAT way to get there. Drive to Williams (just west of Flagstaff a bit), spend the night there. Take the old train to the canyon early in the morning, spend the day, and take it back in the afternoon. I'd recommend reservations; it's popular. See this site for info, prices, etc.


You can drive back down the next day, stop in Sedona and browse (Oak Creek canyon is a beautiful drive coming or going up that way, as mentioned).

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And yes, the SkyWalk (glass bottom thing) is easier from Vegas.
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many cool things within hours from you, lake havasu copper canyons, oatman lost town of wild donkeys, Hoover dam tour is fun ! the grand caynon is not the only thing for sure.
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Is Oak Creek rt 179? Wife mentioned stopping in Sedona. Thanks Marty D
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Originally Posted by hevysrf View Post
Going to a destination wedding in Phoenix this spring and thinking about worthwhile side trips. Is Grand Canyon Nation Park unpleasantly crowded? Is it a one, two or three day destination? Any other interesting destinations? Thanks MartyD
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Yes, by all means go. We need the money here in AZ!
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Any questions, shoot me a PM. Your friendly AZ Tourist Board!!!
My lady and I like to go someplace warm, dry, and bright during our cold, wet and dark season ( November and December ) and are headed for New Mexico in the middle of next month.
I have a daughter in Phoenix so we'll flying into there, visit with her and then probably leave on Interstate 10 and probably return on I 40 about 8 days later, I'd be interested in any recommendations made also...... hopefully hevysrf won't mind me asking a few questions on this thread.

When we were there, Sedona was just to packed for us but really enjoyed the drive from Flagstaff down through Sedona and Prescott on 89. We spent some time in a little mining town turned artist community somewhere around Clarkdale or Cottonwood that was very nice and friendly.
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Hey Commuter!

There is plenty to do/see right here in Phoenix and some good day trips, as well. All depends on your interests. Locally, the Desert Botanical Garden is very neat, as well as the Boyce Thompson Arboretum out by Globe. Tucson is about a 2 hour drive south -- Titan Missile Museum and other attractions, like the Sonoran Desert Museum. Up north, along I-40, you've got the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater. As you head further east, you get into the mesas and neat formations on the reservations.

If you've got a few days, head south to Puerto Penasco, my fishing grounds. All depends on your feelings about Mexico, but it's safe and a neat little relaxing beach town, About a 3.5 - 4 hour drive on good roads from PHX.
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Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest -- it would be foolish to miss see any of those. If time permits, hope over one and see Mesa Verde, too.
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Lots of good advice mentioned. I have been to every place mentioned above just this past summer (18 states, 31 National Parks, 15,842 miles, 64 days). I will only add this; The Skywalk was my only disappointment, it is not part of a National Park and poorly done by comparison to what is around you. ONLY GO if you can fly in from Vegas. Believe me when I tell you the National Parks are where you want to visit. The Grand Canyon is the biggest of course, but there are far prettier ones in southern Utah. I was out there for June and July and never were crowds an issue in the parks.
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afishinado, is Grand Canyon National Park really bigger than Yellowstone? Not a dig, just a question.
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Originally Posted by JALICHTY View Post
afishinado, is Grand Canyon National Park really bigger than Yellowstone? Not a dig, just a question.
Dunno Jal.... Both are damn big! I enjoyed Yellowstone more personally for sure. I should have said what I meant, the Grand Canyon is the biggest 'canyon' (compared to Bryce, Zion, etc)
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