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To and from the Grand Canyon
I was wondering if you had any tips for traveling to and from the Grand Canyon. Specifically flying out of a class-c regional airport?
Welcome [USER=1564]@jwpatt12[/USER]! Do you want to share your specific airport? There’s a big difference between options from Charleston versus Anchorage.
Also, are you buying tickets or trying to use miles?
[QUOTE=”Tiffany, post: 13294, member: 7″]Welcome [USER=1564]@jwpatt12[/USER]! Do you want to share your specific airport? There’s a big difference between options from Charleston versus Anchorage.
Also, are you buying tickets or trying to use miles?[/QUOTE]
Yes, I am 3 other people and I are flying from Asheville Regional Airport and intend to buy.
I would suggest using Google Flights to research fares: [URL]http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/06/09/using-google-flights-to-find-cheap-fares/[/URL]
Others might be able to chime in on whether it’s best to go to Las Vegas, Flagstaff, or Phoenix. As I understand it there are pros and cons to each starting point.
I’ve only come in from Las Vegas and it was about a 3.5-4 hour drive, if I remember correctly. We did a day trip. It was in the 90s in Vegas but we stopped to eat just outside the park and while we were there a hail storm blew through and the temperature plunged into the 70s. This was in late September 5-6 years ago.
Definitely want to go back and spend a few days there.
If you have the time and can find rooms, I would highly recommend going to the north rim instead of the more commonly visited south rim. It will take a little longer to get to but I find it to be a much better experience. The south rim is like a small town with the number of lodges and people which is fine if it’s the only thing you can do. The north rim only has a single lodge and is much more quiet and secluded. As [USER=184]@MidSouth Skier[/USER] recommends, try to spend a couple of days. There are all kinds of hikes and Ranger activities but I’ve happily spent hours watching the canyon as the light changes especially around dawn and dusk. It truly is a magical place. Don’t forget Zion (my favorite national park) and Bryce, both of which are an easy drive and can be part of a loop from Vegas.
My wife and I went to Vegas and drove in January. It’s a solid 4 hour drive, but it’s mostly interstate and highway driving.
The South Rim is open year round, but the North Rim is closed during the winter.
The park fee is $30, but it’s worth it. They have lodging on site, so you may want to look into that too.
Vegas was a cheap flight, and the rental wasn’t bad. ($20 a day i think.)
Hope this helps!