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twizler

Flagstaff as Base Camp for Whole Grand Canyon Visit?

by twizler »

My husband likes the idea of staying in Flagtaff instead of lodging in/close to the Grand Canyon National Park. Is that a good plan or are we going to regret how much time we spend driving to the canyon each day/night? Also, I'd appreciate any tips on your fave hotels in Flagstaff. Thanks!

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paweber

RE: Flagstaff as Base Camp for Whole Grand Canyon Visit?

by paweber »

I wouldn't do it - you'll be wasting 3 hours driving time round trip each day. And the drive is somewhat boring. Whatever money you might save by staying in Flagstaff is going to be offset by the daily commute.

If you have to stay in Flagstaff all the usual national chains are located there.

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redbikegirl

RE: Flagstaff as Base Camp for Whole Grand Canyon Visit?

by redbikegirl »

Are you planning on hiking in the Grand Canyon everyday? Driving that far, hiking all day, then driving back to Flagstaff can make for a really long, exhausting day.

If you do decide to stay in Flagstaff, we were there 2 summers ago and stayed in the Drury Inn. Besides having complimentay cocktails and food at night, there's a great brewpub right across the street that has great beer and food, 1899 Bar and Grill. It was nice that we could have a few beers and not have to drive back to our hotel.

 

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Larry

RE: Flagstaff as Base Camp for Whole Grand Canyon Visit?

by Larry »

I agree with the other folks. Another consideration: some of the nicest views are right before sunset, and right after sunrise. If you stay in Flagstaff, that means driving in the dark. Driving at night isn't a great idea, as the roads near the park are very dark, and wildlife feel they own the road. If I were driving at night, I'd go well below the speed limit!

Get a room within the park, if possible; second choice would be right outside the park in Tusayan.

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torchy

RE: Flagstaff as Base Camp for Whole Grand Canyon Visit?

by torchy »

My wife and I are visiting Las Vegas in early March 2017 staying there for a few days neither of us have been in this part of the US before .We are reasonably fit and in our sixties, not hikers but enjoy a walk, we want to see some interesting towns as well as something of the beautiful scenery We plan to do a driving loop of about 15/16 days from Las Vegas to see the area and some of its highlights  Grand canyon, Moab etc. We would appreciate advice on things to see overnight stops, routes etc. Our route is flexible we do not wish to drive too much. We really want to see Zion NP and are spending the first 2 nights there after that this is our plan so far.

 

 

Zion 2 nights

 

 

 

Page 1 night

 

 

 

Monument valley 1 night

 

 

 

Moab 3 nights

 

 

 

Durango 1 night

 

 

 

Canyon de Chelley 1 night

 

 

 

Flagstaff 2 nights

 

 

 

Sedona 2 nights

 

 

 

Southrim GC 1 night

 

 

 

Kingman 1 night

 

 

 

Thanks again

 

Torchy

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torchy

RE: Flagstaff as Base Camp for Whole Grand Canyon Visit?

by torchy »

Advice please for Las vegas 15/16 driving loop in March 2017

My wife and I are visiting Las Vegas in early March 2017 staying there for a few days neither of us have been in this part of the US before .We are reasonably fit and in our sixties, not hikers but enjoy a walk, we want to see some interesting towns as well as something of the beautiful scenery We plan to do a driving loop of about 15/16 days from Las Vegas to see the area and some of its highlights  Grand canyon, Moab etc. We would appreciate advice on things to see overnight stops, routes etc. Our route is flexible we do not wish to drive too much. We really want to see Zion NP and are spending the first 2 nights there after that this is our plan so far......

 

 

Zion 2 nights

 

 

 

Page 1 night

 

 

 

Monument valley 1 night

 

 

 

Moab 3 nights

 

 

 

Durango 1 night

 

 

 

Canyon de Chelley 1 night

 

 

 

Flagstaff 2 nights

 

 

 

Sedona 2 nights

 

 

 

Southrim GC 1 night

 

 

 

Kingman 1 night

 

 

 

Thanks again

 

Torchy



 

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Pauline Frommer

RE: Flagstaff as Base Camp for Whole Grand Canyon Visit?

by Pauline Frommer »

Hi Torchy,

The only suggestion I'd make is: give the Grand Canyon more than one night (try and take a night from somewhere else). It's an extraordinary place and you'll want to see it in different lights. And there are easy hikes under the rim that you'll want to do (the Bright Angel trail is a good beginners hike). Have a wonderful trip. It's an extraordinary part of the USA.

Best, Pauline Frommer

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