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Advice in planning short trip to Vegas and Grand Canyon in october.

Advice in planning short trip to Vegas and Grand Canyon in october.

Old Sep 27th, 2005, 04:36 PM
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Advice in planning short trip to Vegas and Grand Canyon in october.

We are a family of five.. parents and three teenagers.Please could someone give me advice regarding our proposed trip for 3 days and nights mid october. We thought to start with a night in Vegas, hire a car and have a day and night at the canyon and then have the next day at the canyon and finish with a last night in Vegas.

I have absolutely no clue as to where we should stay and wondered if some of the experts out there can please help me. in fact any advice regarding accomodation, car ire and things to do will be ost gratefully received. many thanks, Aileen Watson
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Old Sep 27th, 2005, 08:53 PM
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Vegas! I haven't been there in a few months, but love to go. I always stay mid-strip just for the ease of getting around - Harrah's or Bally's (about $70) or Paris if you can spend more. They are right in the middle of things. Get 2 rooms connecting.

Try checking out some of the good Vegas sites:
http://www.lasvegasmaps.com/index.html
http://www.a2zlasvegas.com/
http://www.a2zlasvegas.com/rooms/index.html (for discount rooms)
http://www.lvol.com/
http://www.lasvegas24hours.com/

The websites will also give you a good idea of what there is to do there. When I took friends there recently, we did the whole strip and the downtown area. Their favorite part was the downtown area at night - there are no cars allowed on Fremont Street which has a dome covering a couple blocks of it. At night they project a laser light show on the dome every 30 min. It's fun to walk around, get something to eat or drink from the street vendors, and gawk at the laser show.

They also loved going to the top of the Stratosphere Hotel/Casino, which is like a big space needle. You have a 360 deg. view of Las Vegas which is breathtaking.

The Venetian is probably my favorite. It's amazing inside, made to resemble Venice, Italy. Often you see couples getting married on one of the bridges over the 'canal'. You can also go for a ride in one of the gondolas and they sing to you.

Or... just walk up and down the strip until your legs give out, gawking at all the amazing lights.
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Old Sep 28th, 2005, 06:03 AM
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Cheezz, thank you so much for your advice on places to stay i vegas. That gives me a huge start. WE really hade no ideas about where to go in vegas.
can anyone please help me with the grand canyon trip? We have a 17 yr old daughter and two sons, aged 16 and 14 and a half.
Many thanks,
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Old Sep 28th, 2005, 05:04 PM
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kids love hardrock not the best place to gamble but you would be a hit
found hover dam interesting
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Old Sep 29th, 2005, 07:27 AM
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Hi again, thank you for the advice about Hardrock and Hoover Dam,
Can anyone advise us of a good place to stay near Grand Canyon?
Does anyone reccommend any particular car hire firm?

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Old Oct 5th, 2005, 08:13 PM
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Hard Rock Hotel/Casino is near the strip - kids DO like it because it's a "cool" place to be, but not within walking distance of anything else.

A good car rental company is Alamo <http://www.alamo.com/>. Funny enough, I have found the best rental rates for Alamo at the Southwest Airline site <http://www.southwest.com/cgi-bin/carTab?ss=0>

If you put 'Grand Canyon' in the search box for this forum, I'm sure you will come up with a lot of hotel suggestions.
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Old Oct 6th, 2005, 12:38 PM
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If you haven't already found it, the lodging inside of the park at the south rim is at www.grandcanyonlodges.com, or you can call 888-297-2757 (303-297-2757 if you are outside of the US).
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Old Oct 6th, 2005, 05:03 PM
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Oh yes, my boys in particular love Hardrock cafe! It usually ends up my husband and the boys in there, while my daughter and i (the non fast food , non meat eaters) find somehwre else!
We have now booked the two nights in Vegas, We are n The Monte Carlo which sounded nice and had a deal on. We are sorting out the canyon and car part now.

I had actually typed in Grand Canyon the frst night I posted, but nothing came up which is why I ended up on the general search.
Some nights I seem to do well using the Fodor's search and others ,I can put in the same thing, and little comes up. Weird.
Thank you very much for all the very useful information and advice.
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Old Oct 6th, 2005, 06:05 PM
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Did the same trip Memorial weekend. Flew into Vegas and then took the 4/5 hour ride to GC with a short stop at Hoover Dam.

Stayed at Bright Angel Lodge at the south rim of the canyon. Wonderful location right on the rim Good price, great views, good dining, and close to the trails.
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Old Oct 7th, 2005, 03:12 PM
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That was the first place my husband looked into. He said it looked fantastic. Sadly all the lodges are fully booked. Our fault for doing a last minute trip. We managed two rooms in the Best Western just outside so that what will have to do.
He is a geologist so he is really looking forward to this "introductory" trip!
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Old Oct 7th, 2005, 03:41 PM
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I don't want to be negative, but you may want to reconsider Monte Carlo. Although it is nice, I found it fairly non-descript. Both the Luxor and Excalibur had similar rates as MC and would have a lot more themeing going on. Just my humble opinion.

Happy planning & have a great trip!
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Things may have changed but... Be careful on the Reservation. I got a ticket for going 78 in a 55. Bright yellow Wisconsin easy money license plates. Off season - not many targets but me. Complained to Reservation police station, yea that went a long way. Milwaukee cop said 80 and they would have had to feed me. 78 gets max fine. said don't pay it and don't go back to Arizona. Later 60 Minutes TV had show about Reservation corruption. be careful driving there.
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Sobolik,

Why wouldn't you expect to get a ticket if you were going 78 in a 55 mph zone????

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Let me spell it out. I was not speeding, the corrupt cop was after money from tourists. Try reading my post again.
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Y'know, I would assume from the construction of your sentence that you WERE driving 78mph in a 55mph zone, Miss Snooty.
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That is correct, sobolik,

What you said was " I got a ticket for going 78 in a 55.". Nowhere did you say you were NOT going 78.

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Old Oct 10th, 2005, 12:02 PM
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fehgeddaboudit you surface again! You never did answer my question then so how how about answering it now? Have you been waiting to get your dig in all this time?
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Old Oct 11th, 2005, 07:27 AM
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Thank you for all the helpful advice regarding our trip.
The Luxor and Excalibur hotels do look fun. We decided in the end to stay put this time but to look into others for next time!
Actually the Luxor's web page kept crashing and I got fed up in the end!
The kids like the look of the lazy river and wave pool in the Monte Carlo though , so it should be fine. We actually really only have the first and last evening and part of the last day in Vegas as the ,ain focus for the trip is to see the Canyon.
Thanks all.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2005, 11:56 AM
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Thank you for all the helpful tips and advice .
We had a lovely trip. The Monte Carlo was just fine . it connects to the belagio with its own little monorail so we ate in there a couple of times.
The three teens can't wait to go back to vegas when they are older and able to fully partake of its delights!
My husband and I are glad we have been and "done" it, but definitely were happier out at the Grand Canyon. All of us were hugely impressed by it.
We stayed at the Best Western whcih worked out well. The restuarant was excellent.
So all in all a successful trip.
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