Grand Canyon Journals

Wonderful Two Days at America's Top National Park

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A March 2009 trip to Grand Canyon by MilwVon

Grand Canyon National Park Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona More Photos
Quote: While vacationing in Flagstaff, Arizona we planned a two day getaway to the Grand Canyon National Park. Overnighting in the park allowed us to maximize our limited time there, something I would recommend to anyone considering a visit to the Grand Canyon.
Antelope on the High Desert Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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There are two direct routes from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon, both of which run approximately 80-90 miles, so we decided to take one route to the canyon and the other on our return home. This allows for not only a change is scenery, but also an opportunity to drive along the eastern end of the south rim, something that is missed if you do not venture beyond the Grand Canyon Village and the views accessible via their shuttle bus system.Heading north out of Flagstaff on Hwy 180, you will traverse the high altitude region (approximately 7,000 ft. elevation) through the ponderosa pines. As you settle into the mid-lands, you will probably be struck as we were by the change in scenery and la...Read More
Grand Canyon National Park Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Owning a timeshare in Flagstaff makes taking a day trip (or more) to the Grand Canyon National Park very easy. Last time we stayed at our timeshare we took a tour day-trip to the Grand Canyon. This year, we opted to do an overnight making the most of two days at the park.The drive is pretty easy, less than two hours regardless of which route you choose. See the "experience review" that is also part of this journal with highlights and observations on the routes you can take. For me, the drive to the Grand Canyon is as much about the viewing and scenery as is the national park itself.Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon National Park, you will have to pay your $25 admission fee w...Read More

El Tovar Dining Room

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Restaurant | "Great Meal with a View"

El Tovar Dining Room - Our View Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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In planning for our Grand Canyon visit, I booked our dining reservation to assure a primo spot for dinner. The El Tovar did not disappoint on the view nor the meal.We booked for 4:30, when the dining room opens for the evening. As one of the first groups to dine, we were given one of the better tables along side the windows facing the canyon. It was nice to enjoy the view while dining.We opted to pass on the appetizers, salads and soups because as we entered the dining room they made special note of their dessert tray at the entrance. For dinner David went with the chef's nightly special, chicken marsala ($25) served with spinach over linguini. The delicately sweet marsala...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2009

El Tovar Dining Room
El Tovar Lodge
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-2631

Bright Angel Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Nice Start to the Day"

Bright Angel Restaurant Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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For breakfast we could have dined in the Maswik Lodge cafeteria but we wanted to take in more of the canyon rim so we ventured down the hill to the Bright Angel Lodge and their restaurant. We arrived at around 9:00am and found the restaurant surprisingly slow. They say that this was "spring break week" but from all we saw, it seemed not so crowded.We were immediately seated and greeted by our server with hot coffee. The menu was somewhat your basic eggs, hotcakes and skillets. Both David and I felt like pancakes, me the buttermilk and blueberry for him; a stack of three each. Our server asked us "what meat would you like for your side" somewhat implying that meat sides came with the c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 26, 2009

Bright Angel Restaurant
At Bright Angel Lodge on the west end of Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
+1 928 638 2631

Maswik Lodge

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Hotel | "Convenient Location at Value Price"

Maswik Lodge Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Maswik Lodge is one of several options for those who wish to stay inside the Grand Canyon National Park. Located approximately a quarter mile from the south rim village area, we thoroughly enjoyed being this close in, and yet not right in the hub of the village activity.Maswik Lodge (south) is comprised of a cluster of six two-story buildings with approximately 16 rooms each. We were in building two, unit 6616 which was a lower level, parking side room. It was pretty much your standard motel type room with the features you would expect. Our room had two queen beds, a sitting place with a small round table and two chairs and a decent television (although there was no cable - just the ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2009

Maswik Lodge
Canyon Drive
Grand Canyon, Arizona