Sorry in advance for this question as I know its been asked alot in different variations but wanted to get the best advice - and reassurance :-) - for our forthcoming trip in October.
We are a family of 3 (me, hubby and our 10yo daughter) on our first trip to the U.S (we are from Australia)
We arrive into Vegas ex L.A. @ 2.15pm on Wed 16th Oct. We depart Vegas on Fri 18th @ 8.30am. I really wish we could extend our stay but our agent advises us that our flights are non changeable :-(
After reading all the great advice on here, our plan is to hire a car upon our arrival at the airport and drive to GCNP South Rim & stay overnight in one of the lodgings - I have checked and there are a few rooms left at 2 of the lodges there.
We would then drive back to Vegas the next afternoon and stay overnight to catch our plane that leaves the next morning.
I know that doesnt give us much time so I just wanted advice on safest route from Vegas to GC as looking at the times, I think sunset is around 6ish which means if it takes about 4.5-5 hours drive from Vegas (and thats hoping our flight arrives on time and all goes smoothly with car hire pick up) - we would arrive at GCNP around 8pm? I wont deny that we are rather nervous to drive as (A) being from Australia we drive on the other side and (B), reading about how dark it is at night and with wildlife on the roads.
Again, I know this isnt much time at all but I weighed up plane tours and bus tours and now back to the plan of hiring a car.
So are we crazy? Is this possible? Any other advice perhaps? Please note we are only keen to go to the South Rim, not the others.
Any advice would be much appreciated. :-)