Las Vegas and Grand Canyon
My spouse and I would like to take a short trip.
He's thinking Las Vegas (works for Hydro-Quebec and fancies everything "electric" )
and I'm thinking Grand Canyon.
And so we're going to compromise and go 3 days/each place.
We haven't researched anything yet since we just took the decision.
Is it an easy drive from Vegas to the Canyon? How long does it take?
Any suggestions on where to stay near the Canyon? Better yet, directly in the park?
(I'm in a wheelchair and that makes "just-getting-there-and-improvise" harder. I need a plan...)
Any "musts" I should know about for either place?
We were thinking June...
I welcome all comments and suggestions.
I've done the drive to Vegas before... but I can't remember how long it took. It wasn't TOO long, though. I want to say 4-6 hours. Depending of course on how many times you stop to take photos and buy coffee...
In Vegas... well, my best advice is to do the strip at night, and during the day get out of the city. Lake Mead is not too far away, Valley of Fire State Park too. Beautiful land out that way! If you're lucky you might even have some wildlife sightings as well. I've seen wild horses, bighorn sheep, and other good stuff.
Hope you have a great trip!
Do not even think about those bus tours from Vegas. Do it right. Rent a car in Vegas, and drive it to the Canyon. Its an easy 4-6 hour drive, depending on how fast you like to drive, how long you want to stop in between driving sessions, and if you want to risk a speeding ticket. My bus took six to seven long hours at legal speeds, if that's any gauge, and we stopped for about 45 minutes for rest breaks.
Oh yes, the Skywalk. Apparently, the only way you can get to it is by a packaged tour, and its a bit expensive. Also quite amazing, I'm told. My father went there. They don't allow cameras on the skywalk, so if you're lucky, you might sneak a photo with your cellphone or something. Word to the wise.
In December 2007 I stayed in a room right on the south rim that had a private sink and a shared toilet and shower. I paid $60 a night.
While in Vegas, maybe check out the Neon Museum. http://www.neonmuseum.org/
CSI films there a lot.
It costs less to rent a car, drive it yourself, stay overnight, and drive back the next afternoon. Then you have a full day at the canyon, and no one yapping at you for 12 hours with a 3 hour respite.
You can also stop for an hour or so to get the Hoover dam tour.
Bottom line, renting a car is far more productive for the time and money.
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Best of Luck and keep safe
While it would be difficult for you to descend a bit further to the signature attraction of Havasupai Falls, staying at the lodge and taking in the reservation area would still allow you to admire some beautiful scenery (and at night, see more stars than you ever thought possible). Most of the reservation area is hard-packed dirt and is "rollable".
here's some more information, from the article that inspired me to take the trip:
Last year there was some severe flash flooding, and I am uncertain if the lodge and reservation area is open - the links in the article should help answer that question.
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