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Day tripping

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Day tripping

We like staying in Flagstaff, but are running out of things to do (other than eat). Yes, we've done Sunset / Wutpaki / Walnut Canyon / Oak Creek / Sedona / Lava Tube / Museums / Observatory... and lots more. Just wondering about doing a day trip to Grand Canyon - the drive (3 hrs rnd trip?) is no problem, but - we'll be there in high summer season - if we decide to go on the spur of the moment - will admission / parking be a possible problem?

Tucson, Arizona
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1. Re: Day tripping

See my answer to your other post.

Have you "done" Page / Lake Powell?

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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2. Re: Day tripping

Yes of course go to the Grand Canyon, an incredible place. Take along a picnic lunch.

Another day trip would be to Hopi Mesas, then to Winslow and back to Flagstaff. Maybe even a stop at Meteor Crater.

Henderson, Nevada
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for Flagstaff, West Yellowstone
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3. Re: Day tripping

If possible, enter Grand Canyon from the east gate. The drive is about the same but I suspect the line to pay admission and enter the park will be much shorter. The eastern parts of the park are less crowded and when you arrive at the visitor center or Grand Canyon Village, you will see what I mean. From either of those spots, you can hop on a shuttle to get to other parts of the park which are not accessible in your private vehicle. Expect waits to board a shuttle and sharing the ride with hoards of fellow travelers, but it's worth the experience all the same. Packing a picnic lunch is a great idea!

Wickenburg, Arizona
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4. Re: Day tripping

Once you're in Flagstaff you HAVE to go and see the GC! It's definitely worth the trip, and as stated above, driving from east (stop at Cameron Trading Post) to south gate should go smoothly. Parking shouldn't be too bad - except right by the rim lodges at the rim.

Have you considered Meteor cfater and Petrified Forest.

Or Seligman - Hackberry General Store - historic Route 66 as far as Kingman?

I'd go up to Page as well and see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend - and stop at the lake/dam.

Edited: 12:56 am, July 17, 2012
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5. Re: Day tripping

Thanks for the suggestions. We have been to CG before several times, but it was always at least overnight, etc......

Henderson, Nevada
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6. Re: Day tripping

Ah, got it. You can do GC in a day from Flagstaff. We have many times. We usually find a spot to park and take a hike into the canyon, so we don't stop at all the overlooks every visit. If you are physically up for it and have not done it before, even a short hike in brings an amazingly different perspective.

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