Grand Canyon Journals

The Grand Canyon

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A July 2006 trip to Grand Canyon by onesundaymorning

The Grand Canyon Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona More Photos
Quote: A day trip to the Grand Canyon; offering advice about what to do and tips on how to make it an unforgettable trip.

The Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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The best part of my trip was the time that I had by myself at one the stops on the way out to Hermits Rest. Partially it happened by chance and the other part was because I arrived so early in the day. Another great part was the shuttle bus. Although you don't see the Canyon while driving you do get to hear some of the history about the Canyon while you are driving.The rangers are also a great asset to the park. They are friendly, warm, and full of wonderful information. They are passionate not only about what they do, but they also believe that the Grand Canyon is the best destination on Earth. After viewing the park and listen to them talk you can't help but be persuaded to feel the same way....Read More

Motel 6 Flagstaff West-Woodlands Village

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The Motel 6 in Flagstaff isn’t outstanding, but it isn’t bad either. The rooms are a decent size and clean. There are three floors, but there is an elevator in case you have a lot of stuff to haul up to your room. There is a pool in the back that is really clean. The only down parts were that it was on a busy road and the check in staff was beyond rude, especially when they made me wait four hours before I could get into my room. There were two younger gentlemen who worked there that went out of their way to be nice. I wasn’t sure if it was because that they are truly that wonderful or if they saw how the rest of the staff was treating me, but it was nice. The rates were also outrageous in ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 17, 2006

Motel 6 Flagstaff West-Woodlands Village
2745 South Woodlands Village
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 779-3757

Grand Canyon National Park

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Attraction | "The Grand Canyon"

The Grand Canyon Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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When I went to the Grand Canyon I stayed in Flagstaff, which is about 70 miles away. The drive there was so beautiful. However, be very careful of deer, insane drivers, and fire. One of the areas that I passed was easy to see where it was destroyed by wildfire.It took about an hour and a half to drive there.Outside the Grand Canyon there is a small town where you can get hotels, airplane rides, food, and park passes. If you are planning to take plane rides, donkey trips, or stay in a hotel BOOK EARLY. These places fill up fast. Even in Flagstaff. I got my hotel really late, 2 days before I arrived, and I got the last room. When I arrived in the town I saw a bunch of cars on the side of the r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 17, 2006

Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888

Grand Canyon National Park

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Attraction | "Grand Canyon (General)"

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Shopping at the Grand Canyon. Yes, it may sound strange. It may seem out of place, but please remember that the Grand Canyon is in the US a country that greatly prides itself on its capitalism and everything that goes along with it. This ‘it’ as it so happens to be is shopping at the Grand Canyon.Now that is out of the way I will say that you will find no McDonald’s or Starbucks here. Don’t go looking for a Target or a Wal-Mart, but instead several well though out buildings that embrace the natural beauty of the area and work towards enhancing it. One of the most beautiful buildings on the rim is the Hopi House. Situated near the El Tovar Hotel; the house was in 1905 to resemble a Ho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2008

Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888

Highway 180

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It’s estimated that five million tourists a year come to look at a giant whole in the ground; and I’m proud to say that I’m one of them and I did it on one of the busiest days of the year; July 4th. To avoid the estimated 4,200 cars that arrive per hour I left at 5am from my hotel in Flagstaff to avoid most of the traffic. I hoped on 180 and headed out. The trip is about 70 miles and takes over an hour to reach the park. There are no shops, gas stations, or even radio stations along the way; let’s just say I was expecting a mind numbing drive to the south rim. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I was wrong. Lush vegetation and various animals peaking their heads out of the woods from time to ti...Read More