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Grand Canyon North Rim

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Grand Canyon North Rim

We are booked at the North Rim Lodge for three nights in September. Can you suggest itinerary for a week to visit other parks?

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You could very easily spend a week in southwestern Utah: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are wonderful, and Cedar Breaks National Monument is also well worth a visit. If that's not enough, a bit further afield there's Capitol Reef National Park.

OR: you could head up to Moab for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Dead Horse Point State Park.

OR (and you might consider this too far away): you could head east to southwestern Colorado for Mesa Verde National Park (Anasazi/ancestral pueblo people cliff dwellings) and the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (old time western steam train through the San Juan Mountains).

That's far from being a complete list of the possibilities of course.

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If you are not avid hikers the 3 nights might be to many at the North Rim!

Are you flying (which airport?) or driving? Would be easier to suggest an itinerary if we knew which way you are coming from.

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We are flying into Las Vegas and renting a car.

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3 nights at the North Rim is a lot since there isn't much to do there other than hike. If you want to check out other parks in the area it will be at least a 2 hour drive (one way) to Zion or Bryce Canyon or even Page. You might consider dropping a night or 2 and staying in another park. Zion would be my preference if you haven't been there before.

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Don't even think about visiting other parks as day trips from the GC north rim. As noted, you might be happy with just 2 nights there. But whatever, plan to use the time that you have at the NR for the NR. You're 3-4 hours away from any other parks or destinations, so it's silly to leave and come back in the same day. As it is, the north rim view points are many miles from the lodge area so just touring the park itself requires most of a day or more.

Other parks to add to your trip could include Zion, Bryce or the Page Glen Canyon region. So how much total time do you have? If your week includes the 3 nights at GCNR, then I'd add a night or two at Bryce and 2 more for Zion. If it's a week on top of the Grand Canyon National Park, then add 2-3 nights at Page too.

Edited: 25 August 2014, 22:08
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With a week in September, I would include Zion and Bryce; 1-2 nights at Bryce and 2-3 nights at Zion.

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Unless you are avid hikers, 3 nights is maybe one too many. Assuming arrival day you will just chill and relax after driving 5 hours from LV. Second day, drive to the canyon overlooks which are about an hour drive from the lodge area. Not sure what you would do the third day unless you want a good hike, or just sit on the porch at the lodge and view the scenery. You are better to leave the North Rim and stay at the next attraction. It's close to a half day drive from anything else roundtrip, so not very worthwhile as a base.

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Three nights at the North Rim is a nice amount of time. See the view points, hike, take pictures, relax on the patios of the Lodge and enjoy the views. Unless you're the type that needs constant motion and stimulation you'll hate to leave the remote NR. I agree with waiting to see Zion and Bryce until you leave the NR. Those great NPs have hiking and great scenery as well.

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As others have said, unless you are going to do some hiking, 2 nights is sufficient. It gives you one full day to drive out to the viewpoints and back and spend sufficent time at each taking in the views. Pack a picnic lunch and drive out in the morning stopping at all the viewpoints. Have your lunch on the rim at Cape Royal (there are picnic tables there overlooking the rim). Then drive back late afternoon stopping at all the points again. You will notice the different look the views have between morning and late afternoon. Then set youself up at the lodge to watch the sun go down on the canyon.

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<<Not sure what you would do the third day unless you want a good hike, or just sit on the porch at the lodge and view the scenery.>>

I see nothing wrong with that myself... :-)