Grand Canyon to Las Vegas

Old Aug 7th, 2010, 01:55 PM
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Grand Canyon to Las Vegas

Going to Scottsdale in early August for a family wedding. Planning to head north, spend a couple of days in Sedona, and then a couple more days at the Grand Canyon. We are thinking of heading over to Las Vegas for our return flight home. What should we see between the Grand Canyon & Las Vegas? I know the Hoover Dam is on the way...what else?
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Old Aug 7th, 2010, 06:45 PM
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Nothing that I can think of. There may be someone selling jewelry along the road.
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Old Aug 8th, 2010, 06:44 AM
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That bad? Maybe we should just go back to Phoenix!
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Maybe we should just go back to Phoenix!

If you really want to visit Vegas (and the drop-off fee for your vehicle isn't too high) then your original plan is OK, but if you were hoping to see more wonderful sights on the road between GC and Vegas then I agree w/ brats, that's a pretty desolate stretch without a lot of interesting things going on (except the dam, which can have lengthy delays due to construction of the new bridge).
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We did it in May....nothing to see..
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"early August", hmmm? A little late to change flight plans unless you work for the airline.

I'd skip Sedona and spend the time going the northern route via the North Rim and Zion. Even though Sedona is cooler than Phoenix, it will still be mighty hot in August.
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Actually Otis is right, if you take the long way around then you'd pass thru some fine scenic country. This would be a longer drive but worth it, with possible stops at Page (lots to see there), and Zion, with a possible side-trip to Bryce.

Best to do this northern route over two nights from GC south rim. You can do it with just one night but it's rushing things. You can just barely do it in one very long day but wouldn't have time to stop and enjoy the sights.
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Old Aug 9th, 2010, 01:47 PM
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So sorry - an error in my original post! Otis, thanks for pointing that out! We are going in early OCTOBER, not August! In light of my correction, any different advice?
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Kathy - I didn't mean you shouldn't drive from the Canyon to Las Vegas. We drove from the Canyon to LV and enjoyed the ride even though there was nothing much except the dam. To me, Las Vegas would be the highlight of any trip and worth the drive. I love LV.

Also enjoyed Sedona - it is beautiful country and perhaps you can find the vortexs there. The drive up Oak Creek Canyon (think that is the name) to Flagstaff was pretty. There is also a town close to Sedona called Jerome that we found interesting.

I would certainly stop in Sedona and drive to the canyon and then go on to LV. That is a great trip.
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Old Aug 9th, 2010, 02:39 PM
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We definitely plan to spend time in Sedona. I don't believe our son, who currently lives in Australia, has ever experienced Las Vegas! It is not my absolutely favorite place, but I think certainly some place to see at least once! (Even if you don't gamble!)
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There really is NOTHING between the Grand Canyon and Vegas except for the Hoover Dam and that is definitely worth a stop. If you travel through the Navajo Nation and see the roadside jewelry stands, then are also worth a stop - some really lovely pieces. I would not skip Sedona - it is so great. I highly recommen the Cozy Cactus B and B - it backs up to the Red Rock State Park and the innkeepers are awesome. We did a Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Sedona - Las Vegas loop and it was great. Have fun!
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