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Grand Canyon lodging and activities

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Grand Canyon lodging and activities

I am heading to the Grand Canyon from Vegas in late march (15)with my three daughters and wife. we arrive early on Saturday, drive to Grand Canyon, spend the night and then head to Flagstaff/Sedona for the next several days. I am looking for recommendations on hotels and excursions with a photography bent in mind. Some hiking is desired but a bum knee may be an impact for one daughter. Recommendations?

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1. Re: Grand Canyon lodging and activities

Book your lodging inside the park right now! www.grandcanyonlodges.com don't be surprised to find most park lodges sold out. Take whatever will sleep your family.

Use the park website to orient yourself and plan your time there. Hiking is not a mandatory activity. You'll spend most of your time viewing the canyon from the various view points along the rim.

Choose Sedona over Flagstaff in March as the weather will be milder and odds of snow reduced

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I would also recommend that you call them direct if you don't find any availability on line 888-297-2757

A lot of the rooms that are cancelled don't make it back into the que, they are re booked quickly by callers!!

You also don't need to book any tours inside the Grand Canyon. The park is very easy to get around on your own.

www.nps.gov/grca is a great site to go into for information on the park!

SJG

Edited: 29 January 2014, 13:53
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You are in a national park, so there are Ranger programs and talks as well, all family friendly activities. Not sure how old your kids are, but look at the Jr. Ranger program. You will find more info in the park newspaper they hand you upon entry and also the link above. Great pre-visit activites are to read Brighty of the Grand Canyon with the family and watch the original animated movie Cars, both will offer an age appropriate orientation to what they will see.

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The GCNP is easy to self-tour in your own car and the park shuttle buses. Some areas and viewpoints are limited to access by park shuttles only. You really don't need an organized excursion or tours to see the sights.

There are photo opportunities everywhere. Exact locations probably won't be as important as light conditions at various times of the day. Be sure to be at the rim for sunset and sunrise. Look up the official sunset/sunrise times and plan on the hour before sunset and the hour after sunrise for the most dramatic light in the Canyon and on the canyon walls/buttes/peaks. You'll want a tripod.

The park publishes a seasonal visitor's guide with shuttle routes/schedules, ranger programs, restaurant hours, etc. It contains a lot of useful information, including a map of the visitor's area, viewpoints, etc. You'll get a paper copy when you enter the park but you can browse through it online to get a feel of the park. The current newspaper is for the winter season but here is last year's spring guide; they generally don't change much from year to year:

nps.gov/grca/…2013SRspring_letter.pdf

As RedRox has explained, stay in one of the park lodges. Book directly with the park concessionaire, Xanterra, at www.grandcanyonlodges.com.

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