We are a family of 2 adults and 3 children ages 15, 11 and 7. We will be flying from LAX to LAS in mid October (Wed), arriving at 11:45 am. We are planning to rent a Minivan and drive to the Grand Canyon, before staying in LV for 4 days. I figure we could be on our way by 1:00 pm, so we may be arriving to GC around 6:00 pm. So, can we count on watching sunset that day? If so, where are we more likely to find some parking space by that time? If we will be arriving too late, should we stay in Williams instead?
About lodging, I'm finding a room at Maswik for Wed night and at Yavapai for Wed and Thu, but I can't decide if we should stay for 1 or 2 nights. If we are not into hiking, is 1 night enough for taking in the views or should we stay for a second night and return to Vegas on Friday morning? If 1 night is enough, then I have a choice between Maswik and Yavapai. Which one is better?
One last question, if we won't be making it for sunset on Wed, is it as good to watch sunrise on Thu or should we stay and watch sunset on Thu, and in this case should we stay for a second night or is it fine to leave after it gets dark?
Thanks for your help.