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30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

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30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

Hi, we are heading from San Diego,to Palm Springs, then on to Vegas. We then want to drive to the Grand Canyon. What would be a sensible amount of time to see the highlights of the canyon? Couple of days?

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1. Re: 30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

That should be a minimum.

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2. Re: 30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

Great, I have room in the itinerary to increase by another day or two.

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3. Re: 30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

This official NPS video of the Hermits Rest free shuttle bus route might interest you, but there are many other things to do in the park as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCMRKElBkgA

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4. Re: 30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

Hmm, looks like Flagstaff is the closest place to stay at a reasonable rate!!

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5. Re: 30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

Have you tried Tusayan (much closer) and Williams (a bit closer)?

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6. Re: 30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

Yes but you're looking at $200 a night in those places. $100 is more our budget!

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How about Motel 6 in Williams?

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8. Re: 30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

Can't tell from you profile what your interests are. Perhaps you could dump the expensive golf and pool time in Palm Springs and invest in some once in a lifetime quality time at the Grand Canyon.

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9. Re: 30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

There are budget rooms inside the GC Nat'l Park that are around $100. It's much better to stay inside the park, as opposed to Tusayan, Williams, or Flagstaff. Williams is an hour away, and Flag is a bit more. Also, read the Top Questions on the right side of the GC forum, and the NPS website:

www.nps.gov/grca

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10. Re: 30 Day road-trip starting in San Diego

I've been told Palm Springs is a good place to stop to break the drive to Vegas into 2 days passing through Joshua Tree and Mojave natiinal parks enroute. Tramway has been recommended in Palm Springs.