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Unread 17 Oct 08, 09:35 PM  
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What a fabulous thread - we are off to Vegas next month and so this is invaluable.

I would just add that for us, we booked flights as early as poss and have just bagged a bargain for the Venetian, so it really does pay to wait for those hotel rates to come down.

thanks again - fantastic thread.
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Great advice. Thanks.
Can I ask one question though. If I were to drive from Vegas to the Grand Canyon how long would it take ?

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Great advice. Thanks.
Can I ask one question though. If I were to drive from Vegas to the Grand Canyon how long would it take ?

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To the west rim, I think it's 2 1/2 to 3 hours, one way.

To the south rim, it's more like 5 hours, one way.
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Wow loads of information, great. We are thinking of going to Vegas, LA and Phoenix next summer and your thread has given me loads to work on. Thanks.
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Great advice. Thanks.
Can I ask one question though. If I were to drive from Vegas to the Grand Canyon how long would it take ?

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I have driven there 4 times, the last a couple of days before my wedding its the best way to go but it is well worth staying overnight particually in the winter. Here is my day visit trip report

We had many friends out in Vegas for our wedding in September 2007 a few of us decided that we wanted to go to the Grand Canyon and as money was short the best way to do this was by car. I hired a 7 seater people carrier from Dollar which cost me 36 on a pre book including a tank of fuel a sat nav, all taxes and insurances for both myself and my Dad.

We picked the car up at 7.30am from MGM Grand and loaded everyone in it, myself, my bride to be, my brother in law, my mate and my elderly parents by time we got going it was about 0830. We headed out on the 95 and soon to the 93 we got to the Hoover Dam we stopped very briefly for photos and then headed on. We stopped for a healthy brunch of burger and chips somewhere on the Historic Route 66 in a sort of hardware come general store come cafe the food was good but the toilets were a little scary in a sort of deliverance way but not unclean, it may have been called the Roadkill Cafe. Slowly we boarded our trusty steed and carried on to the canyon.

We arrived at the gate and parted with our $25 that allowed unlimited entry for the next 7 days (useful NOT) and drove to Mather Point for our first view of the amazing natural wonder. We got back to the car as it started to rain and then the clouds opened we had thunder lighting and rain drops the size of golf balls we drove round to Yavapai Point I was the only one stupid enough to get out of the car I go drenched but managed to see the lightning coming down on the canyon this must for most people be a once in a life time experience. The rain stopped as abruptly as it started and the others came out to join me and had the joy to witness a most amazing rainbow stretched over the canyon. We got back to the car and drove to the Grand Canyon Village we parked up and sadly could not get a disabled parking space so had to park some way back but had another great view over the canyon, whilst we were viewing the canyon some kind souls in our group went into the bar at Bright Angel lodge and commandeered some tables. We had a few drinks and relaxed before heading back to Vegas.

We stopped to get some fuel and some candy bars and then headed back down the 93 night came upon us long before we were stopped at the Hoover Dam security and by this point the whole party was getting very hungry. We stopped at the Hacienda Casino just over the Dam on the Vegas side and saw the buffet was $7.49 when we went to pay it was half price $3.75 including soft drinks! What a bargain this was, there was a carvery section, pasta, Mexican, chicken, salads, and huge array of deserts, dont get me wrong its not Bellagio but it was clean, fresh and tasty and I would most certainly head there again if in that part of the World. After eating we had a quick burn on the tables and slots and then headed back to Vegas we arrived back at about 11pm and after seeing my parents safely to their room us young uns hit the casinos.

It was a long day but a very good one on top of the car hire the divided costs for fuel and park entry were about $12 each the only thing I would say is that next time whatever car we took we would allow an extra space as it was a little cramped.
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Obvious question - how long did the drive actually take?
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Obvious question - how long did the drive actually take?

Um we left about 4.5 - 5 hours each way actually driving
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What a great thread Diamonddog , we are going to vegas for 4 nights in April so will be taking notes on your advice Thanks again
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