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TraceyJ Posted 2 months ago
Planning 60th Birthday Trip Grand Canyon – advice please

I will be celebrating my 60th birthday next year.
One of my life long ambitions has been to visit the Grand Canyon.
I wondered if any others on this platform had done this trip . I would prefer not to have to go to Las vegas to get to the GC .
I’m not the most confident of drivers but appreciate I’ll need to do so to get the canyon site from my base. I’m looking tips on places to stay other than Vegas, car hire recommendations and experiences at the Canyon.
Thank you Tracey :))

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    • Nickelus 29th November 2021 at 9:21 am

      Hi Tracey, I used Las Vegas as a base and it worked well. The big surprise I hadn’t realised is that if you have a day time flight you have an incredible view of the GC from the plane. We flew over it for about 20 minutes as it’s vast. From LV there are various ways of seeing the GC. We chose a helicopter flight with a meal made for us in the canyon which was amazing as was the helicopter flight. Whichever way you do it I’m sure you will have a fabulous time

    • Sandiford 29th November 2021 at 9:30 am

      Hi Tracey I did it for my 50th. Went with virgin holidays and did the Triangle San Francisco, Vagas and Los Angeles. Had a helicopter flight on my actual birthday over the dam which included Champaign and a picnic hamper on the way back we went around the old town and along the strip. Great day. It was VERY 🔥 hit in June and I was nieve to the “sex on tap” side of Vagas I loved Sisco and have been back there a few times once for a cruise to Hawaii. I stayed at the Luxor which is at the far end of the strip and the free entertainment in the different hotels was good also had a night in old town hope you love

    • Vixster 29th November 2021 at 2:52 pm

      I loved the Grand Canyon. Got a small plane (4 people) from Las Vegas, helicopter trip around the Canyon, boat trip from the bottom along the Colorado and walked on the Skywalk. This was all on the West side which is owned by the native tribes and pretty uncommercialised.
      I didn’t enjoy Vegas much but seemed the simplest way of doing it as we don’t tend to drive when abroad. We also stayed at the Luxor but hated it – much too dark and really disliked having to walk past all the slot machines to get in and out of the hotel. Some of the hotels were quite fun to walk around – animals, fountains, pretend France, roller coaster etc.

    • Gary K 29th November 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Tracey, my parents used to live in Arizona, so I’ve been several times. Sedona is a beautiful place to stay, but you’d have to fly into Phoenix and drive up. Its motorway and good roads all the way. You can fly (small 4 – 10 seaters) or drive up to the Canyon from Sedona (maybe 3 hours or so). Also, the other plus is if you’re on the Arizona side, you can drive up to the lodges and hotel areas on the Canyon edge, and if you wanted to from a couple of those you can access the Canyon to hike along the bottom for a couple to a few days. You really need to plan what you want to do there. Whichever side you’re on is it unless you fly over. I made that error the first time I went, I drove from near Flagstaff to try to get to Vegas, and it took me a day to basically drive down to one end of the Canyon, then back the other way, and I didn’t get to Vegas without an unscheduled overnight stop. Its huge, and big distances driving. Whatever, enjoy it. Its quite amazing.

    • Jap 30th November 2021 at 10:31 am

      I stayed in Boulder City when I went there. It’s still a fair drive to the GC but an enjoyable one. I also visited the Valley of Fire the following day, which I preferred as it was more peaceful. GC was still an amazing place though. From Boulder City you’re only about 15 minutes from the Hoover Dam. I had a great couple of days there without going into LV site seeing.

    • dave_mcara 19th December 2021 at 7:45 am

      You’ll love it Tracey! Actually the roads a pretty good and relatively quiet down to Route 66 from Vegas.

      An alternative option could be to fly into Phoenix and drive up from there – I thoroughly recommend a drive along Route 66 and, on the way, you can stand on a corner in Winslow, Arizona if you wish!

      I also recommend highly getting to Williams and catching the Grand Canyon Railway to the rim of the GC – it’s a great experience – Google it.

      Anyway, travel safely and I hope that you have a holiday of a lifetime!

    • TraceyJ 19th December 2021 at 8:42 am

      Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply. Great advice.

    • backofbeyond 4th January 2022 at 12:28 pm

      We stopped off at the canyon (Mather Point) when were were riding motorcycles coast to coast a few years ago. We planned on staying locally but the place (south rim) was packed when we got there and the nearest hotel we could find online was in Flagstaff – 80 miles away. That was in September but I suspect unless you book ahead it’s going to be much the same throughout the summer.

      The canyon is huge and the best you’re ever going to see on a short trip is a small part of it. There’s probably a day’s worth of just looking over the rim at the sights but if you have more time it would be worth investigating how to get down into the canyon – there’s plenty of organised ‘canyon experience’ type companies.

    • backofbeyond 4th January 2022 at 12:32 pm

      Meant to add a picture but pressed send too early-

      • TraceyJ 4th January 2022 at 8:31 pm

        Thank you .
        I’m all booked now – staying in Phoenix very excited

        • Lucifer 5th January 2022 at 7:50 am

          Excellent, excited for you. Driving is easy for us Brits as the traffic is mostly light when you get out of town and the roads are wide. Things to do in Phoenix too: e.g. the Wrigley House and of course the Sonoran Desert should be seen given you have gone all that way. Enjoy your travels.

        • backofbeyond 5th January 2022 at 1:29 pm

          Nice city but seriously hot (when we were there anyway). And I mean seriously hot – over 40C most days. Pack loads of sun screen!

    • dave_mcara 5th January 2022 at 8:54 am

      Nice one – enjoy the views!

    • Greenbeen 5th January 2022 at 10:21 am

      Don’t fall in!

    • TraceyJ 5th January 2022 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks everyone for helping me with this.
      Managed to get a motel/hotel in Scottsdale, BA flights and a car for in good price .
      If anyone had as other suggestions for visits nearby do let me know .soo excited this has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.