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Grand Canyon National Park


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I have not been to Arizona. Would like to spend a week in early May. Leaving from Toronto, family of three. Any advise on where to go and what to see besides the Grand Canyon...places to stay etc.

Aurora, Illinois
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1. Re: Arizona

I have not yet been, but in planning my trip for 2012, Sedona and environs jumped to the top of my list. In fact I'm looking forward more to Sedona than GCNP! That says something given that before I started researching, I wasn't going to Sedona at all!


Tucson, Arizona
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2. Re: Arizona

Consider flying to/from Phoenix. 2 hour drive to Sedona. Sedona is worth several days. 2 more hours to GCNP. Recommend 2 nights, but at least one.

Lodging hardest to get at GCNP. Check http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com but also call them 888.297.2757 as availability is likely tight for May 2011.

In the area: Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff; Walnut Canyon Natl Mon, Flagstaff, unusual cliffhouse ruins; Wupatki NM, N of Flagstaff, native pueblo ruins; Sunset Crater NM, N of Flagstaff, volcano; Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff; Jerome, S of Sedona, interesting old mining town on side of mountain; Tuzigoot, S of Sedona, native pueblo ruin.

Read Top Questions at right.

Sedona, Arizona
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3. Re: Arizona


You can easily fill a week between Sedona and GCNP. If you have more time, consider adding a few days/nights in Page AZ

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4. Re: Arizona

Start by booking your lodging at the Grand Canyon, inside the park if possible. There are six lodges there, and I just checked and found scattered availablity of rooms at midweek in early May: Maswik Lodge, May 4-7 (3 nights available); Yavapai, May 10-12 (2 nights available). There are likely others. You can check on the webiste at

www.grandcanyonlodges.com but it you don't see anything there give them a call.

Two nights at the Grand Canyon would be good; you could spent the rest at Sedona and maybe a night or 2 at Page.

But start with the Grand Canyon as lodging there is the hardest to find. It is well worth staying inside the park. I was actually sprprised that there is anyting available, as they usually book up nearly a near in advance.

Flagstaff, Arizona
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5. Re: Arizona

Here are a few random ideas:

Oak Creek Canyon - Slide Rock State Park

Flagstaff http://www.flagstaffarizona.org/

Colorado River http://www.raftthecanyon.com/

Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments

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6. Re: Arizona

Other than the Grand Canyon, my favorite AZ locations are Tucson and the Chiracahua National Monument.

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