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    Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    Looking to do something different for our family vacation this year. The past several years have been a trip to the Gulf and deep water fishing. This year, I'd like to go West.

    Incredibly, I've been to many European countries... but have traveled very little West of the Mississippi.

    So - what would everyone recommend? The kids (13 year old son and 11 year old daughter) have narrowed the choices down to Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon. I don't like to do big tourist trap things... prefer being out in nature.

    Timing will be in June.

    Any suggestions for non-crowded places to stay or things that are a must do? Which of the two spots should we choose?
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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    B,

    Unless you hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, I would go with Yellowstone, much more to see.

    I suspect Yellowstone will be much more crowded though.. I'd go during the week and not on the weekends.

    I would also suspect that most of the places to stay, that are close by, are already booked for June...

    BTW... Hiking down is not the problem..

    Thanks,

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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    Grand Canyon BUT you have to go to the bottom!! Also budget time to walk to the hanging bridge.

    Yellowstone next year!!!

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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    I've been to both once and both are incredible. If I went back, and had to make a choice between one or the other, it would be the Grand Canyon. No contest.
    Just WOW. It's mind boggling.
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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    Iím biased - Grand Canyon. You can stay in Flagstaff for cheap enough and drive to the GC. Tours are available as well. You could hike down to the bottom BUT itís not a day trip. Hiking down can take anywhere from 4-6 hours....hiking back up is a different story. There are 4x4 trails that allow access to the bottom but there are restrictions. Helicopter tours are fun but expensive.

    I absolutely LOVE Flagstaff and would love to own a cabin up there. Northern Arizona is beautiful all year round. If you do intend to do some exploring, I suggest you go to the Lowell Observatory as there is some very neat astronomical history there. Sedona isnít too far away and thereís lots of neat things to do there as well.

    Come to Arizona and Iíll bet youíll have a great time....
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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    With Yellowstone you can visit devil's tower, that big Indian statue, Mt Rushmore, the Confederate carving one, and a few more if you like a driving trip.

    I took one like this as a kid, my mom, my three brothers, mom's boyfriend, and his two sons, all in a station wagon. Was a blast
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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    Just booked flights to Phoenix... Grand Canyon it is!!

    Now - to find lodging (probably a cabin near Flagstaff), car rental (would like to rent a 4-door Jeep), and activities for the family. Thinking about doing a guided tour type thing for a day into the canyon.

    Any other recommendations?
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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    Sedona is beautiful...expensive, but beautiful.
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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    Yellowstone.
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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterTinkerer View Post
    Just booked flights to Phoenix... Grand Canyon it is!!

    Now - to find lodging (probably a cabin near Flagstaff), car rental (would like to rent a 4-door Jeep), and activities for the family. Thinking about doing a guided tour type thing for a day into the canyon.

    Any other recommendations?
    Yes go on Groupon for the Phoenix area, there are some good deals on day long excursions to Sedona, Grand Canyon, ghost towns, etc. It’s a great way to see a lot of different places in one day. They also have discounts on the trolley in flagstaff.
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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    To close this one off... we got back from Arizona last Saturday. We spent time at the Grand Canyon and in Sedona... liked Sedona better - just more to do around the area. All-in-all it was a fun experience!
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    Re: Family vacation recommendation - Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

    Pictures...or it didn’t happen!!
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