Most feel that 2 nights at the Grand Canyon is ideal because that gives you a full day to explore at your own pace. Push comes to shove though, you can also have a fulfilling visit to Grand Canyon with just an overnight. Then on your way to your next destination, whether it be Page or Sedona, take Highway 64 East aka the Desert View Drive, where there are over half a dozen different viewpoints overlooking the Grand Canyon. Upon exiting the park East of Desert View Point, you'll enter the Navajo Indian Reservation. The Cameron Trading Post, just North of the junction of Highway 64 & 89 is also a worthwhile stop. If you choose to go to Page after leaving the Grand Canyon, remember you'll have to detour through Tuba City via Highway 160 & 98. If Sedona is your next destination, going via the Desert View Drive is kinda "taking the long way round," but the scenery is well worth it.
As to whether you try for a cancellation on the rim, that's up to you, but expect a. to pay more and don't expect to b. have a view of the Grand Canyon. Very few rooms in the park do.
thanks! that is great advice!
You can certainly try for a cancellation; the best time to snag one is actually closer to your trip. People who are going to cancel tend to do so at the last minute. Last spring, we upgraded from Yavapai to a Bright Angel cabin near the Rim, about a week before our trip - and it was totally worth it, IMHO! :) But even if you don't upgrade, the Yavapai rooms are quite nice.
We came in from the east entrance, coming from Sedona, and stayed one night at Yavapai and felt like we had sufficient time to see the canyon. On the way, we had an early lunch at Cameron Trading Post (very yummy) and shopped around a little. Then we stopped at almost every overlook along the way to Yavapai, arriving before dark. We had dinner and breakfast the next morning in the Yavapai cafeteria and thought it was pretty good. The next day we drove to a parking lot near the rim (Shrine of the Ages) and took the shuttle (with many stops) to Hermits rest and back. We saw the South Rim from one end to the other and it was wonderful. It might not be enough for some, but for us it was enough. Have fun planning!
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