2 nights grand canyon, 2 nights LV

May 31st, 2007, 06:59 AM
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2 nights grand canyon, 2 nights LV

We were able to get 5 frequent flier tickets from Atlanta to Las Vegas; we'll be gone 4 nights (but almost 5 full days). Please let me know if you all think this plan will work:

We arrive in LV around 10 a.m. and will pick up rental car. Will drive to Grand Canyon (takes about 4.5 hours, I think). Will spend 2 nights at the Yavapai Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park. I know this Lodge is very basic, but that's okay with us because we'll be at the GRAND CANYON!!

Then will drive back to Vegas for 2 nights. Our flight leaves at 4:40 p.m. back to Atlanta.

We are deciding between staying on the strip or at JW Marriott (can get great gov rate at Marriott).

Our kids are 23, 20 and 18. They've never been to Vegas.

We could stay a little bit cheaper on the strip (probably Monte Carlo). Which do you think would be better?

We plan to use the pools during the day (will be first part of July so I know it's going to be extremely hot, and it's important to us that we have a nice pool area), and then get out at night. We're not into the party scene on the strip, so that's why we're considering the JW Marriott (it's about 15-20 minutes away from strip, so we'd have to drive there).

Also, considering stopping at Hoover Dam on way back from Grand Canyon to LV. Is this a good idea? How long would this detour take, and what is a good amount of time to estimate staying at the dam?

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May 31st, 2007, 08:56 AM
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I think your schedule will work fine.

Remember that 18-year-olds may NOT be in or loiter near casino areas. Period, end of discussion.

Also, if you decide to hike below the Rim at the Canyon (HIGHLY recommended), please read and follow the advice given by the people who have to rescue the hundreds of people who don't, or who think that danger doesn't exist in national parks.
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May 31st, 2007, 09:02 AM
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You drive over Hoover Dam on your way there and back, so it's not a detour. It's pretty busy on the weekends and traffic can get congested.

Most people would advise you to stay somewhere in the central Strip area. However, if you have a car it's not a big deal to drive back and forth - parking is free at all the casinos. Traffic on the Strip is horrible on weekend nights, but otherwise I haven't found it to be a major chore.
May 31st, 2007, 09:18 AM
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I've stayed at the JW Marriott, and it's very nice .... great pool area, and a great spa!!
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May 31st, 2007, 10:26 AM
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I believe the last tour of Hoover dam is 4 or 4:30 so you may need to bear that in mind on your trip back to LV
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May 31st, 2007, 10:45 AM
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Yavapai is very nice. I wouldn't denigrate it by calling it basic. Has very nice rooms. The cafeteria is a bit pricey, but the food is good.
May 31st, 2007, 12:43 PM
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Thanks, everybody! This will be a quick vacation, but we want to take advantage of it, because it's really hard for all 5 of us to be able to travel together these days!
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May 31st, 2007, 03:00 PM
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As TheWeasel notes, the Hoover Dam is right on your most direct route to/from the GC and is quite impressive. We did not take a tour when we drove through last year but did stop and go to various look out points, and I regaled the rest of the family with information from our guide book. total stop probably under an hour. I am sure the tours are interesting but you don't have much time at the GC before you head back to the Las Vegas area. I would concentrate on seeing more there before you leave and skipping a Hoover Dam tour.
You go past a little stretch of the old Route 66 on your way, too, near Kingman
We ate lunch there at the R 66 diner.

Our family stayed 3 nights at the Yavapai last summer in late June and it was fine. It is rather restful to be away from all the crowds at the GC village. I cannot say I agree about the cafeteria food--I thought it was bad and resorted to rotisserie chickens and salads from the Deli/Market for some lunches. (You have a refrigerator in the Yavapai room) I did enjoy checking out Bright Angel Lodge and El Tovar. They are interesting buildings

You probably know this already, but sunsets at the Grand Canyon are a big event so if you get there and checked in by late afternoon you can watch the sunset your first day. I also really enjoyed seeing the sun rise one morning (we left our kids back at the motel for this).

Can't help at all with Las Vegas recommendations. I hate the city.

I hope you and your family have a great trip. I know what you mean about how hard it is to travel all together. We were really pleased that we could have a week in the GC and Flagstaff areas with our 2 kids last summer.
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