Needed some suggestions on a 7 day “Photography” road trip from Vegas to Denver during the Christmas/New Year week. 2 of us will be reaching Las Vegas on Sat evening (24th)around 7 PM and have a return flight from Denver on Sun morning (1st) 1 AM.
Keeping in mind that it will be winter time, I have listed down some key places which I would like to visit, all open to change though (in the order from Vegas to Denver). My primary interest is Photography (Nature, Wildlife, Sunrise/Sunsets, Star trails, Milky Way etc). Please let me know the most scenic and feasible routes to cover during my trip and which are the must have places that I should visit.
• Mojave National Preserve
• Joshua Tree NP
• Red Rock, AZ
• Saguaro NP
• Tucson, AZ
• Tombstone, AZ
• VLA, NM
• Petrified Forest, AZ
• Canyon De Chelly, AZ
• Tent Rocks, NM
• Santa Fe, NM
• Taos, NM
• Colorado Springs
Hi, I'm travelling to Phoenix for the first time. I'm a 36 year old professional woman wanting to meet people. Where would be the best place to stay or hang out in the area?
Hi - we are staying at the South Rim Grand Canyon in mid december for two nights. Can anyone recommend one day tour / trip while we are there, that's informative, fun and physical. Thank you!!!
Hi everyone, I'm looking for somewhere that has a really good nightlife that isn't mainstream e.g. (Las Vegas, Miami etc). Does Phoenix have a good nightlife?
Needed some suggestions on a "quick" 5 day “Photography” road trip from Vegas to Denver during the Nov Thanksgiving weekend. 3 of us will be reaching Las Vegas on Tue night around 11 PM and have a return flight from Denver on Sun evening at around 8 PM.
I have listed down some key places which I would like to visit, all open to change though (in the order from Vegas to Denver)
• Death Valley
• Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park
• Paria Canyon
• Horseshoe Bend
• Monument Valley
• Shiprock, NM
• Arches National Park
• Aspen (Maroon Bells)
My primary interest is Photography (Nature, Wildlife, Sunrise/Sunsets, Star trails, Milky Way etc). Please let me know the most scenic routes to take from Vegas to Denver and what places/parks can I cover for Day and Night Photography.
Note: I have been to Zion, Bryce, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon earlier, so not too keen to see them again, but wouldn’t mind including them if it takes me through a really awesome scenic byway or dark night skies. Also, I don’t mind hectic driving schedules if that helps me get good shots. I do understand looking at my plan that it involves almost 250 miles of driving every day.
Am doing a road trip from Las Vegas to Chicago and want to visit Santa Fe. Before that though, I am very keen to detour down to Tombstone for some authentic Wild West history. It's a 7 hour drive from Vegas and I was planning on staying 2 nights-the first to recover from the drive, then the next day, seeing what Tombstone has to offer. Would I be wasting my time? Should I just go on to Santa Fe? All opinions welcome!
Our family (myself, wife, 2 kids ages 16 and 13) are planning a Rim2Rim starting at North Rim on Aug 25 over 4 days. Given the very high heat, we plan to hike ~7-8 miles in early morn, then get to our destination, set up camp, rest, and do some short walks around the area. We are all fit and active, and the kids are used to long mountain hikes, although in fairness, not in this sort of heat. We are in no rush and want to enjoy this at a relatively leisurely pace.
Our Itinerary is as follows:
- Aug 25: hike from North Rim to Cottonwoods Campground. Then visit Ribbon Falls
- Aug 26: Cottonwoods to Bright Angel CG. Lunch at Phantom Ranch. Short walk on Clear Creek Trail to Tonto Platform. Ranger program at Bright Angel CG.
- Aug 27: Bright Angel CG to Indian Garden CG. Walk to Plateau Point for sunset
- Aug 28: Indian Garden CG up to South Rim
A few questions:
1. We are planning to start by ~5am each morn and reach our destination by 10am. Is this early enough, or should we be looking to start even earlier? The two days where I am thinking earlier might be necessary are Day 2 (when we will across the Canyon through the Box) and Day 4 (when we are hiking up Bright Angel Trail).
2. We are taking 2 tents - I know many folks do not, but given we are camping at the North Rim the night before we start, we don't really have a choice. We have purchased 2 fairly light tents (around 4-5lb each). And a bunch of other hiking accessories like Camelbak Water bladders, pocket stove, collapsible vessels, etc. Aim is to keep each backpack to 20lb max. Does that sound reasonable?
3. Aside from the side trips above (Ribbon Falls, Clear Creek Trail, Plateau Point) and dipping in the Creek, are there any other things we can look to do while in the Canyon? e.g. other small hikes, activities, etc.
4. We are not staying at the Phantom Ranch, but I am assuming we can buy lunch at the cafeteria - is that correct? Do we need a reservation?
5. I expect to take a lot of video in this "trip of a lifetime". I have a couple of spare batteries for my camcorder, but do you think we could recharge at the Phantom Ranch? We are not staying there, but (say) do you think the Front desk could help us if we left our camcorder and charger with them while we have lunch there (subject to 4 above)?
6. We've read a fair bit about the need to enrich our water supply (in bladders) with electrolyte powders. Any suggestions on whether we shd be doing that? if so recommendations? we also saw some electrolyte capsules out tehre to be taken with food but are confused how to take those safely so as to avoid depletion.
I am staying for two nights in Williams, Arizona, in order to visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I would also like to hire a flight over the Canyon, but I need it to start from the South Rim, or a nearby location (i.e. Williams or Tusayan).
Can you recommend any companies that provide this service?
We are planning a trip to Phoenix, Az. While there, we want to make a couple of day trips to Apache Junction and the Sonoran Desert. Which area of Phoenix would be the most convenient to stay, as far as easier access to these venues. We will only be there about 3 days before heading to another part of the state to see other points of interest. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
3 years ago my husband and I did the west rim grand canyon tour I brought some coffee mugs I would love to buy some more I have enquired before but didn't get a very favourable response the coffee cups I brought had the Haulapai tribe insignia on them
Is it possible to buy some more and have them shipped to Australia
thank you karen
Can you drive your own Jeep through the same places that all the Jeep Tour companies go?
Visiting Sedona the first week in August and considering renting a "ducky" kayak for 1/2 day on the Verde River. Two questions: 1. is the river pretty flat that time of year (i.e. will we have to paddle harder) or is it fairly quick moving? 2. Is it a bazillion degrees on the river in August or cooler than Sedona? Thanks.
Hi to everybody, this is my first post here (I am sorry for my basic english and I thank you all in advance for any suggestions).
We're going to plan a big trip in the USA: NYC-> SFO -> Central Coast Cal -> New Orleans -> NYC --> Rome
We are trying to include in our US tour the Grand Canyon, before flying out from Phoenix to New Orleans. We think we'll spend 2 nights in the area, this could be a (very approximate) program:
sat 9th july (morning): Flight from Los Angeles/Burbank to Grand Canyon (Phoenix/Flagstaff)
sat 9th july (afternoon): drive car from Phoenix/Flagstaff airport to GCNP
sat 9th july (evening): short visit by car and then going to sleep in Tusayan
sun 10th july (early morning): visit GCNP
sun 10th july (afternoon): drive south to Sedona
sun 10th july (evening): sleeping in Sedona
mon 11th july (morning): visit Sedona area
mon 11th july (afternoon): drive to Phoenix Airport
mon 11th july (evening): fly to New Orleans
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated (where to sleep, train/bus alternative to flight, dining, must to see, etc..)
Thank you all
I have never been west of Tennessee so everything in the Western United states will be new to me. Can someone provide some suggestions for places in the Phoenix/Sedona area to visit? We are definitely more into the nature related areas more so than the shopping meccas. Flying pretty much limits how much shopping could be done anyway. The Grand Canyon is a given of course but we like the quaint little towns, old west locations, etc.
Is it better to take the trains in some locations than driving.
A tremendous amount of walking and hiking is out but medium distance walking is ok.
I know this is not much to go on but I am so overwhelmed at the choices.
Thanks in advance!
Hi, I hope that someone can help me with this. I am always appreciative of the replies that people give here. It is always so helpful.
Anyway, we are staying in Vegas for 3 nights in April. On one of those days, we were thinking of hiring a car and going to the South Rim of The Grand Canyon. I know it is about a 4 hour journey there but we are staying at Tahiti Village resort and think, well hope, that if we make an early start, getting out of Vegas might be reasonably OK?
So, I need to plan a good route and a good point to aim for and I really welcome suggestions on this but more than anything, we would like to take in a helicopter trip over the Canyon but I don't know if I should be looking to do this at the West Rim first, on our way to the South Rim, as I know that only at the West Rim they can fly low and even land in the Canyon or if I should book a helicopter trip at the South Rim, where I know that I really am in the Grand Canyon Park there but also know they can't fly that low.
I've confused myself so much on it and so I do hope that someone can advise me on what the best thing to do is.
Looking at 2 very similar tours from Vegas to South Rim by fixed wing , then heli flight and land tour with either Maverick or Papillion... which is the better?
Can someone give advice as to the best Rim to visit and by air, bus, or combined for 2 couples from Australia, once only visit.
We're maybe going to be visiting Arizona next May, and I'm trying to decide where best to visit. We'll be doing the Grand Canyon (of course!) but have some time after that before driving on to Palm Springs. Any advice? We were originally planning on staying in Phoenix but after doing some research it seems that it might not be worth more than a daytrip... any suggestions?
Hi there... I am planning for a 2 days trip to Page in late July/ early August this year, to see the antelope canyon. I will be on tight budget and am not driving any car. Any suggestion or tips would be highly appreciated. Will I be lucky enough to meet any of the VTers there as well?
We are travelling Thursday 31st March from LA to the Grand Canyon. We need to be back in LA the evening of the 3rd. We are planning on starting our journey early in order to drive in one day to the rim. Having read previous posts, it appears that the consensus is to not bother staying in Flagstaff but to go the extra 1/2 hour to stay at the rim .We would like to make our rest stops count on the way there and way back. Are there any suggestions of driving routes in order to make the most of our trip? There are 5 of us from the U.K ( my daughter is studying at UCLA) and 2 other children aged 12 ( grown up) and 16. We ideally would like to come home a different route, but probably not stopping at Las Vegas.
Any advice on routes/ places to see / accommodation would be fantastic!
Hi my wife and I booked a cruise from Australia to arrive in Los Angles 10th May 2017 Would this be a good time hire a motorhome and tour the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.
Hi, my partner and I are only in Tuscon on vacation for a couple of nights, arriving late Sat night, hiring car from airport. Can anyone recommend a Mexican restaurant for the Sunday night?
Also, any suggestions of nearby places to stay? Thankyou
We spent a couple hours on the main street and pretty much saw everything there plus the graveyard down the street. Is there anything else in Tombstone to see or do ?
I am thinking of bringing a group of 27 people on a day trip from our mission trip (new Mexico) in a few weeks ranging from 6th grade - mid 50's. Would you recommend seeing the pullouts from the two rims and doing the one hike? How strenuous is the hike? Or would you recommend finding a guide to take us around?
Hello all you voluptuous golfers! - I’m looking for a store that carries good quality plus sized women’s golf clothing in or near Scottsdale. Have Googled and haven’t had any luck. Thanks in advance!
We are flying into Phoenix on 31st August 2015 and are trying to plan a tour to incorporate the Canyon lands and the west coast before flying out from Phoenix on 20th September, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Hi. I would very much appreciate any suggestions on a Trip for 1 day or part of a day from Las Vegas to The Grand Canyon.
There are just the 2 of us and we will be celebrating a very special occasion whilst we are there.
We have been told that a helicopter trip is a good way to see the Canyon but I don't know where to start on what is a good company to do this with, as there seems to be so many.
We've also been told that a jeep tour is good fun too.
I hope that the people on this site can help again. It is always appreciated!
What are the best hikes in Sedona if you only have e few days there?
We are seniors and driving a rear wheel vehicle from Las Vegas to Tucson Arizona in mid January. What is the best route to Tucson to escape the snow if there is one? What is the fastest route to Flagstaff if the roads are clear? Thanks.
I'm planning a road trip from Denver to Las Vegas in December vacation (24 Dec to 2nd Jan). I would like to know about the feasibility of the trip.
The road trip will include Arches National Park, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe bend and Grand canyon West rim ending at Las Vegas.
Denver --> Arches ---> Monument Valley --> Antelope ---> Las Vegas
25-26th ---> 27th ---> 28th ----> 29th ------> 30th
I'm mostly worried about snow and slippery roads. I have never driven on snow.
But from other articles and forums i came to know that the snow is cleared very soon.
1. Do we need snow chains and shovel and other snow equipment ?
2. Will all the national parks and attractions open and worth watching during that time of the year?
3. What are the chances of getting stuck in snow storms ( how frequent is it generally .. just an idea) ?
4. Anyone who has personal experience of this route during winters and would like to share something important is welcome.
5. Is it feasible and should we go ahead with the plan ??
Thanks in Advanced