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Grand Canyon without a Car

Chard, UK
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Grand Canyon without a Car

Hi -

I am looking to visit the Grand Canyon in July as part of an extended trip of America.

The problem is I am only 20 and will therefore not have a Car. My current plan is to fly from Austin to Las Vegas and then get to the Canyon from there.

What is the best thing people suggest??

Henry

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1. Re: Grand Canyon without a Car

There are several bus tours from La Vegas to GCNP. You can find them online. Prices vary of course. Look for an option that allows you to stay overnight. The travel time is 5.5 hours each way which gives little time at the South Rim. There are also air tours.

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2. Re: Grand Canyon without a Car

Another option is to fly into Phoenix instead of Las Vegas. Grayline Tours offers day tours and extended trips to GCNP from Phoenix.

http://www.graylinearizona.com/index.cfm

That gives you better options to GCNP than from Las Vegas. If you really want to see Las Vegas as well, you could easily fly from Phoenix to Las Vegas.

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3. Re: Grand Canyon without a Car

I believe you can also get the train there, you might have to get one to Williams or Flagstaff and change there. Can't remember the exact details but check out www.amtrak.com

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4. Re: Grand Canyon without a Car

If you get to the South Rim on your own, such as taking the train from Williams, the shuttle that gets you from site to site is very convenient and you can hike between stops along the rim. It is very pedestrian friendly once you are there. I wish we had the truly wonderful train system you have in the UK, but we are just very car-crazy here. Enjoy your visit!

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5. Re: Grand Canyon without a Car

amtrak doesn't go to the grand canyon. Its the Grand Canyon Rail Road from WIlliams that goes. www.thetrain.com Also Open Road Tours picks up from Phx airport, Flagstaff, WIlliams and the GC S rim www.openroadtours.com

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6. Re: Grand Canyon without a Car

Dragonflylady is right about Amtrak, which also doesn't provide service to/from Las Vegas or Phoenix by train to Williams or Flagstaff. I did find an overnight tour package from Las Vegas which is reasonable in price considering that it includes air trip and lodging:

lasvegasgrandcanyontour.com/air/grand-canyon…

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7. Re: Grand Canyon without a Car

Hi,

I just checked out the http://www.qtlv.com/ web site - and checked the better business bureau - and although their rating is "satisfactory" - they have unresolved complaints - and there is an additional statement about whether or not they have a valid license.

from bbb:

As of 3/21/2006, the Bureau has been UNABLE to confirm this company has a valid local business license for the locale in which they operate. IF A CONSUMER DOES BUSINESS WITH AN UNLICENSED FIRM, THEY DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK.

-pinkyblue

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