Grand Canyon Journals

Vegas -Grand Canyon Loop

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An August 2000 trip to Grand Canyon by Postcard

Quote: Over a period of 10 days we traveled from Vegas to several National Parks in Utah and Arizona, then back to Vegas. We flew from NY to Vegas(overnightstay)then went on to a stop at Zion National Park,UT. A two night stay outside Bryce Canyon,UT was followed by a two night stay at Lake Powell,Az. Then we traveled on to the Grand Canyon for an overnight stay, and spent the last 4 nights in Vegas.

Vegas -Grand Canyon Loop

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Overview

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Zion National Park - take the shuttle to the end and take the Riverside walk. Be prepared to walk in the river with your sneakers, barefoot just doesn't cut it. Bryce Canyon - we went on a 3 hour ATV tour and had a blast. Not only did we see the most amazing sights the driving was fun. We took an 11 and 13 year old and they had an equally fun time. We went to different points to view Bryce and walk into the canyon-it left us speechless. Lake Powell - we stayed at Wahweap Lodge right on the lake. The extra a night for a lakeview room was money well spent. The view was awesome and changed as the sun was setting. We took a smooth river raft trip down the beginning of the Colorad...Read More

La Quinta Inn Convention Center

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Hotel

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We arrived after 12 a.m. and the ladies behind the desk were quite helpful. This hotel is off-strip, which made it more convenient to leave Vegas in the morning for the rest of our trip. The accommodations were better than expected-clean, spacious and safe (room key was needed to enter all areas). There was a nice pool area, which was surrounded by rooms on three sides. We did not stay long enough to go in the water. There was a room where the included, rather comprehensive continental breakfast, was served. Although the hotel/motel was quite nice, and perfect for our travel plans it is a bit inconvenient if you wish to explore the strip. It is not at all as extravagent as the huge hotels on the str...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

La Quinta Inn Convention Center
Paradise Blvd
Grand Canyon, Arizona
1(800) 221-4731

Best Western Ruby's Inn

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Hotel

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This motel was only a couple of miles outside of Bryce Canyon. It was busy and filled with many foreign tourists - not quite as rustic as I had expected. The accommodations were housed in a number of buildings on the grounds - ours was a bit of walk from the main building which had the pool, restaurant and gift/grocery store. You were able to book a number of tours from the main lobby. The rooms were spacious, but basic. There was a very large double sink/counter outside the private shower/toilet. This made it easier for 4 people to get ready. The pool was indoors and enclosed by glass, with a soaring ceiling. There were several chairs and loveseats outside to relax and observe. The gift shop...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Best Western Ruby's Inn
Bryce Canyon
Grand Canyon, Arizona
1(800) 528-1234

Wahweap Lodge & Marina

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Hotel | "Wahweap Lodge & Marina"

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The lodge was spread out and consisted of many 3 story buildings. The additional $10 a night we paid for lakeview was totally worth it - it was not only a sight to see, it assured us a pretty good location. We could also see the main pool from our room. The lodge was part of a very large complex which includes: an RV park (up on a hill far enough away that a car was necessary, and where the washer/dryers were located), a marina - where there were many houseboats and where jet skis, boats, etc. could be rented or launched, a pizza place, a water sports equipment store, gift shop, restaurants and bar. I''m sure I didn''t see everything. We booked our room as a part of a package that included a floa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Wahweap Lodge & Marina
100 Lakeshore Dr.
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(928) 645-2433?

El Tovar

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Hotel

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Historic- you knew that this quietly, elegant hotel had been around for a long time. The old, beautiful staircase with a large balcony led to our room. Our room was unique, and not quite like anything we had stayed in before. A very heavy, wooden door with a glass pain above it led us into our room. Once inside there was the extremely comfortable beds, TV in the chest, a winged chair with table and a couple of large, old fashioned windows, one of which allowed us a peak of the canyon. There was a small step up into the bathroom and the separate dressing area which had an additional window and room to store our suitcases. The people at the front desk were very accommodating. Since we arrived in the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

El Tovar
Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon, Arizona
1(303) 29-PARKS

Mirage Hotel and Casino

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Hotel | "The Mirage"

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Elegant- the room was beautifully decorated and more spacious than many average sized rooms. You enter an open area which has a marble floor, a mirrored-closet and a vanity. The beds were very comfortable and the armoire unit the TV was spacious and held quite a bit of clothing. The bell hop brought up our luggage quickly. The marble bathroom was an average size. In the evening, security would only allow hotel guests by the elevators, giving us an added feeling of safety and allowed us to feel comfortable leaving our 11 and 13 year olds in our room late at night when we went off to do what people in Vegas do. Even though the hotel was large, it is not overwhelmingly big. Somehow it feels a little ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Mirage Hotel and Casino
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(800) 374-9000