We're going to be on vacation 8/8-8/16. We plan to be in Las Vegas 8/8-8/13, driving to the Grand Canyon area 8/13. We're renting a car and driving from Las Vegas to AZ and planning to visit the Grand Canyon National Park 8/13 (half day), 8/14 (full day) and 8/15 (full day). This will be our first visit to both Las Vegas and AZ.
Where should we stay? Flagstaff, Tusayan or Williams? Cost is not an issue. We decided to include the Grand Canyon in this trip a little too late so I have been unable to secure accommodations inside the park (have been calling everyday for 2 days now and plan to keep on calling until we leave). We prefer nice accommodations and multiple restaurants to choose from for dinner. We are foodies so fine dining would be a plus. We require clean rooms and very comfortable beds.
Husband is more inclined to stay at Flagstaff due to nicer hotels and better restaurant choices. I'm afraid this might be too much driving for 3 days. I am more inclined to stay in Tusayan but I'm concerned about accommodations. I don't know which hotel has gotten consistent reviews for its clean rooms and comfortable beds. We both don't like the feel of Williams and fear there's nothing we can do at night there. (From reading the forums though, it appears to me we'll be most likely turning in early every night.)
We're from Atlanta and we've never done this kind of trip before. We're water people so we usually do snorkeling, etc. We're trying something new. We're flying from ATL to Las Vegas. For our return flight, we're doing Phoenix to ATL. Will we have a problem with the altitude?