Grand Canyon

Welcome to the Grand Canyon!

In late summer/early fall of 2011 a group of us decided to take a trip out west to see the canyons.  We flew in and out of Las Vegas and visited Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon and ended up the trip with two nights in Las Vegas.  I am making this trip into a series of posts similar to my Alaskan trip posts.

We started out in Las Vegas and headed to the Grand Canyon.  We took the scenic/historic route 66 and our first stop was for lunch in Williams.

Of course our lunch stop included beer.  The guys found the Grand Canyon Brewery.  However, it was not opened but we were told that the diner next door served their beer so that was our lunch stop.  The diner was too cute!  It was called Cruisers Cafe and celebrates the Mother Road and features all sorts of memorabilia from the heyday of the 1950s. There are restored gas pumps, road signs, and other period artifacts.  Also, the bathrooms are really unique and something to see!

After lunch it was on to the Grand Canyon!  We stayed at the El Tovar which sits on the rim of the Grand Canyon.  This landmark limestone-and-pine hotel dating from 1905 is a 14-minute walk from Grand Canyon Village and an 8-minute walk from Grand Canyon Railway.

This hotel is located in the park and is definitely a place that I would highly recommend.  We spent several nights there and watched many sunsets and sunrises over the canyon; they were beautiful!

There is a bus shuttle that you can take to see the various sights around the Grand Canyon.  I would definitely recommend taking it as it is the fastest and easiest way around.  I’m sure it might be a little crazy during peak tourist season, but when we were there it was not bad.

The Grand Canyon is definitely something to experience!  Please join me next week when we head on to Bryce Canyon.