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Hulk
10-10-2011, 06:08 PM
Next month, we're going to spend two nights and one day at the Grand Canyon. We're staying about 7 miles away from the south rim at the Canyon Plaza Resort (http://www.grandcanyonplaza.com/) (which doesn't look like much of a resort, but the price was right).

It will be me, Karie and our two kids, ages 10 and 8. Any recommendations on what to do with our time?

sleeoffroad
10-10-2011, 06:36 PM
Make sure that you at least be there for sunrise over the canyon. Check the times and go early before sunrise. Take some coffee and enjoy!

Rezarf
10-10-2011, 09:42 PM
walk out on that glass floor thingy... have you seen it?

http://www.socialtravellersite.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/grand-canyon-skywalk.jpg

http://www.familyvacationcritic.com/images/fampics/grand-canyon-skywalk.jpg

Hulk
10-10-2011, 10:44 PM
Christo, that's great advice, and I never would have thought of it. Thanks!

Drew, the glass viewing platform (Grand Canyon Skywalk (http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/)) looks cool but it's really spendy. It cost $87.81 per adult to enter "Grand Canyon West" (on Hualapai Tribal land, which is not part of the national park) and do the Skywalk. That includes all the taxes and impact fees. It's a little cheaper for kids. Also, it's 4.5 hours from the south rim to the skywalk -- it's actually closer to Las Vegas, NV.

MDH33
10-12-2011, 11:41 AM
One day isn't a lot of time to see much, so I would recommend starting early like Christo suggested and hike along the rim trail (flat and paved). Go West from the main area near the Bright Angel Trail. You can go a good distance on it and there are many great overlooks (http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/719617053_bpe4f-XL.jpg). If you and the kids are up for it, the hike down and up the Bright Angel trail (http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/17396158_KvtMB-XL.jpg) is a good day hike too, even if you don't make it all the way down to the river (http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/17396961_GT3ad-XL.jpg).

Have fun!

nakman
10-12-2011, 02:22 PM
Drew, the glass viewing platform (Grand Canyon Skywalk (http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/)) looks cool but it's really spendy. It cost $87.81 per adult to enter "Grand Canyon West" (on Hualapai Tribal land, which is not part of the national park) and do the Skywalk. That includes all the taxes and impact fees. It's a little cheaper for kids. Also, it's 4.5 hours from the south rim to the skywalk -- it's actually closer to Las Vegas, NV.

Wow, $90? yikes.. may as well charter a helicopter.. have a great trip!

wesintl
10-12-2011, 03:25 PM
Do they rent wing suits at the GC? :D

When i was there at the north rim we went to a bunch of overlooks. It was too hot to venture down the trail to the bottom. I was wondering what you do as well besides have a Popsicle and enjoy the view.

Couple of beers on the deck at sunset. Get Charlie and Maddie some rootBeer :)

Jacket
10-12-2011, 03:44 PM
We took the train from Williams to the south rim a few years ago. They do a pretty good show with the whole western theme, and stage a train robbery at some point along the way. The kids really enjoyed that.

Woodsman
10-12-2011, 03:55 PM
For $90 I want to set up camp and at least stay the night right there on the platform. Reminds me of how I was walking funny after visiting Antelope Canyon several years ago. They have a sign that says like $30/person or whatever to check out the canyon then after you park and get out to get your tickets they tell you they need another $20 for parking out the in friggin' desert.

Cheeseman
10-13-2011, 09:32 AM
I have done this with old girlfriends, wife, kids, and friends. When you drive in from the south you drive directly into the first overlook. Tell Cari and kids to close their eyes as you drive up so nobody can see the canyon. With there eyes closed take them to the nearest railing that overlooks the canyon. It will look funny but trust me. Make sure they have there hands securely on the railing and then tell them to open there eyes. Everybody, and I mean everybody, I have done this too first buckles at the knees and then is totally overwhelmed with the sight.

Then take a helicopter ride from the ones with the red three bladed choppers not the Huey's. Better ride and better pilots.

I have been to the canyon many times over the last 40 years. This is the best way for the first time.

Uncle Ben
10-13-2011, 09:48 AM
I have done this with old girlfriends, wife, kids, and friends. When you drive in from the south you drive directly into the first overlook. Tell Cari and kids to close their eyes as you drive up so nobody can see the canyon. With there eyes closed take them to the nearest railing that overlooks the canyon. It will look funny but trust me. Make sure they have there hands securely on the railing and then tell them to open there eyes. Everybody, and I mean everybody, I have done this too first buckles at the knees and then is totally overwhelmed with the sight.

Then take a helicopter ride from the ones with the red three bladed choppers not the Huey's. Better ride and better pilots.

I have been to the canyon many times over the last 40 years. This is the best way for the first time.


Sounds like great advice! I've only been once and I know exactly what overlook Greg is talking about. Doing the sensory overload thing with closed eyes would be forever etched in all minds involved! :thumb::thumb: Helicopter would be awesome too! When I surprised my wife with Celine Deon tickets in Vegas for our 25 anniversary the Southwest flight we were on was way under sold. The pilot was very cool and as we flew over the GC he actually did a bank turn right then left over the canyon for our entertainment. That was awesome! :thumb::thumb: