We are planning a long road trip to see the GC. We are coming from Houston and plan to stop along the way. Our children are 9, 14, 17. Question #1: is how long does it take to see the Grand Canyon? I know we could spend days, but I want to know what's the shortest amount of time you can spend and really feel like you saw and experienced it. Also, there are so many "tours" around for this. Are they worth the money? Keep in mind the ages of my kids. We plan to spend 1 night in Flagstaff and then maybe a night at one of the lodges at the Canyon, or just return the same day.
Question #2: I am a very light sleeper and am concerned with the train and other noises in Flagstaff. We are considering the Fairfield Inn and was wondering it is too close to the railroad?
Thanks for your help. Any other ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.