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headed to st. george utah in april 07 with family HELP

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headed to st. george utah in april 07 with family HELP

Headed to st. george ( i think) looks pretty central to all the sights, zion, bryce, hoover dam, grand canyon, but really need some advice on a place to stay. We would like a condo --it seems to be easier-- probably at a resort. There will be 5 of us myself, husband, 24, 20 and 16 year old. NEVER travelled outside of the east-- booking online really nervous--can someone help me with a place to stay. We don't have a fortune to spend but am willing to spend a fair amount considering its probably a once in a life time. What will the weather be like in mid april? Swim outdoors? Any advice one could give will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Landing in Las Vegas that I do know. Is St. George a good location? Is there a better one. Is it a BIG city? I'm a vermonter. We are not crowd people.

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1. Re: headed to st. george utah in april 07 with family HELP

I haven't stayed in St. George for a while, so I'm not current on good places to stay. In general, I'd say a condo is a good idea for you, because you'll have more room and with your own kitchen you can save a lot of money on eating.

As for the weather, just go ahead and Google St. George climate and you'll get good information. St. George has a generally mild, very dry climate. Mid April would typically be very nice weather, before it gets overwhelmingly hot. St. George would probably qualify as a small "city", but one of the fastest growing in the country. The growth is not well planned and sprawl is the rule, thus the town itself would hardly be called attractive, though the setting is stunningly beautiful. It's a bit like a poor man's Palm Springs.

If you plan to stay in St. George and make day trips to the listed sites, there are much better ways to do it. Zion is easy to access from St. George on a day trip, but the others will be quite long drives. The scale on the maps is much larger than you see in Vermont. I just did some quick mapquest checks:

From St. George:

Zion NP Main Entrance 42 mi / 0:47

Bryce Canyon NP Entrance 143 mi / 2:28

Grand Canyon NP (South Rim) 295 mi / 5:24

Hoover Dam 153 mi / 2:23

Not that you'll need to visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in mid-April, as the North Rim is closed by snow.

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I would consider the small town of Springdale which is located next to the main entrance for Zion. Not sure about the condo situation but there is an excellent range of accomodation and a decent choice of restaurants. We stayed three nights in April of last year and it wasn't busy although it would probably be too cold for swimming.

This would allow you an easy couple of days exploring Zion and you could take a day trip to Bryce and possibly The Hoover Dam. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon though is too far for a day trip (as it would be from St George) so you may have to consider a loop from LV which would mean something like (depending on how long you had in total and what time your flights arrived at and departed from LV) 3 or 4 nights Springdale, 1 night in Page and 2 nights at The Grand Canyon before driving back to LV via The Hoover Dam.

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One missing letter can make a big difference. My last sentence should read:

Note that you'll need to visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in mid-April, as the North Rim is closed by snow.

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Check out vrbo.com for some great condo rentals. St. George is a great little town. It is growing. There are lots of things to see and do. If you stayed in St.George you could visit Tuacahn theater, Snow Canyon, Sand Hollow and other local spots. If you are only going to see the Natl Parks, Springdale would be a good choice. The weather will be great, you will be able to swim outdoors, will be cooler up at Bryce. Have fun !

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6. Re: headed to st. george utah in april 07 with family HELP

St. George is not central to anything. It's a pretty town, has a Dairy Queen and a Bureau of Land Management visitor center for vacationers. But otherwise everyone drives through it going to where ever they're going.

You need a good map. The best one for the area is the Auto Club (AAA) map called "Indian Country". The Auto Club also has books called Tour Guides (I think) wherein tremendous information is available on all sights with listings of motels. There is a book for each state.

Forget making reservations over the internet. Do it the old fashioned way: pick up the phone and call. Ask each motel for the lowest price, including any possible internet discounts. Typically they'll all give it to you. There is also sometimes and Auto Club discount if you belong. Ask each motel if they have any oversized rooms, family rooms or rooms with three beds. Sometimes they do!

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call Green Valley Spa and ask for Cheryl regarding condo rentals.they rent by the month too. nice indoor- outdoor pools. also this place sits on the bluffs, overlooking the city. its the only option, really. 1.800.237.1068. ...........

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I have been to St. George during april and it is perfect weather. I would reccomend staying at the condos in Las Palmas Green Valley. they have 15 tennis courts 6 swimming pools, golfing center and a full service spa in case you want to relax while you are relaxing. My family loved it, we were able to see the amazing sights and when we went back to the room we could relax because the kids had plenty to do without feeling bored. Since your kids are older I would also inquire about the Coyote Inn at Green Valley. The rooms I here are very!!!!! comfortable, peacful and private. Have lots of fun and bring sun protection.

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I agree with other poster that Springdale is a very good choice and more centrally located to see more sites. The grand canyon will take more time as the south rim is farther away, (north rim closed till mid-may). We have stayed in Springdale twice and just love it. Perhaps a nice cabin with 2 bedrooms would suit you nicely. Here is a link to vacation rentals in Springdale.

discoverourtown.com/UT/…Lodging-2263.html

I'm sure there is something similar for St. George if you definitely want to stay there.

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Hi. I read your post and just wanted to offer a suggestion. We went to St. George last year for spring break (5 nights there) and 2 in Vegas. Anyway, we rented a condo from a gal named Emily at sunbrookvacations.com I'm not sure if it would be large enough (2 bed, 2 bath) and a big leather sectional in the living room which may pull out but it was very nice. The complex also had a pool. I LOVED St. George. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen besides the Grand Canyon and the Cayman Islands. We go to a different place out West every year (this year Tucson) and I think about St. George all the time. If I could live anywhere out West it would be there. You MUST stay in Vegas for a night if you can. I don't know if you have been there but you will be blown away. People say it isn't a place for kids but we have taken my son 3 times and he loved it. Your kids would love ESPN at New York New York if they like sports. There is a ton to do there. On the way to ST. George you will drive thru Mesquite and it is awesome as well. Very pretty little town with golf and casinos. (Also if you want any beer or liquor you should probably get it there). Not like we are big drinkers but we didn't know that in St. George the liquor is controlled by the State and they have one store in town. Also beer and wine is at the grocery but it is half the percent of alcohol that we have here in Michigan. I bought my husband a six pack one day after gold and he had a couple and said these taste like water???? Anyhow, it is kind of a small town but growing and we had a great time. It isn't a normal "touristy" kind of town I don't think but golf is great and the state parks are supposed to be fabulous. We ran out of town but I watched a tv special when we got back about Zion and Bryce and I was so mad that we didn't go. Hope it helps!