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GC day trip or over night stay from Vegas

Melbourne, Australia
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GC day trip or over night stay from Vegas

My boyfriend and I will be in Las Vegas for 4 nights between Christmas and New Years 2012 we were originaly thinking about doing a day trip to the Grand Canyon via helicopter, we are now thinking we might stay for one night.

Just trying to get ideas for either option, and what you think is better and why?

thanks in advance.


Sedona, AZ
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for Sedona, Arizona, Monument Valley
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1. Re: GC day trip or over night stay from Vegas

A drive and over night stay at the GCNP south rim is the preferred choice if you want to see the Grand Canyon. A helicopter flight from LV cannot and will not take you to the same place. It's a gimmick that takes you to a scenic site, but don't confuse it with visiting the true wonder of the world. You're choice involves more than just time and transport. You're talking about two entirely different destinations.

Read the Top Questions on the right hand side of this page, and also at the Las Vegas Nevada forum. Understand the differences and then make an informed decision.

Los Angeles
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for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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2. Re: GC day trip or over night stay from Vegas

The Canyon is part of a larger environment. Approaching it by car and taking it in slowly is the best way to do it. Helicopter tours are not the same, there's no opportunity to really sit and take it in.

Helicopter tours are a lot like cinema, whereas driving, arriving and walking about on the trails is...seeing the actual Grand Canyon, in human scale.

Uden, The...
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for Road Trips
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3. Re: GC day trip or over night stay from Vegas

Check the weather before you go. There can besnow on the road to Williams and GC. Heliflights won't go to GCNP from Las Vegas but to Grand Canyon West. On your way to GCNP you'll see Hoover Dam and you can drive a part of R66.

South Jersey, USA
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for Grand Canyon National Park
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4. Re: GC day trip or over night stay from Vegas

At this late date you really should call them direct for in park lodging! 303-297-2757 Yes it can be an expensive call but one that will be well worth it!! You can call up to 48 hours of your reservation to cancel for a full refund!

If nothing is available try the town of Tusayan which is right outside the South entrance gates of the park!!


Ohio, USA
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for Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce, Arches National Park
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5. Re: GC day trip or over night stay from Vegas

Drive to the South Rim and stay the night. By far the better option.

6. Re: GC day trip or over night stay from Vegas

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