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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Renea Totten
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    Thanks for the information! This is great! I have two question, did you hike down below the rim at ooh aah point? Or was that somewhere else? Did you have to take a shuttle to the South Kaibab Trail? Or can you drive there? Thanks in advance!

  2. Rebecca Wing
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    Just came back from vegas last week. Really glad that I was able to take a helicopter tour to Grand Canyon South Rim for the first time in my life. It was definitely worth it. If you haven’t, you really have to go at least one time in life. Grand Canyon yahoooooo!

  3. Gwenn
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    Happy to read your fun and helpful tips. Me and my husband are traveling to Flagstaff with our 18 year old daughter and her boyfriend, and our 28 year old daughter in May. I’m hoping the older one won’t get restless being outside of her beloved center of New York City. I’m trying to figure out how to pack and dress. From what I can tell for a second week in May trip, it will go from the 30’s to the 60’s every day. We’ll stay at an airbnb, and will have a day for Sedona and a day for Grand Canyon, then heading south to Phoenix and Tucson.

  4. Cheri
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    I have to agree with you on the food. BYOF!

  5. Shilpi
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    hi there! nice blog.

    just a few questions?
    1. is it worth doing hoover dam and grand canyon on the same day from las vegas, and going back to vegas the same day?

  6. Holli
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    thank you.
    This really helps on planning our trip.

  7. Holli
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    Thank you this was very helpful in planning our trip.

  8. Lindsey Ballou
    Lindsey Ballou at | | Reply

    Thank you so much for this article – super helpful! How long would this outline you’ve given take to drive & hike? A full day, half a day? Thanks!

  9. Brynne Jones
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    I like how you included that your tour included fascinating facts. It was helpful that you mentioned how they provided you with interesting geological information as you explored. My sister has been wanting to take her family on a trip to the Grand Canyon. Considering taking a few tours while they are there could be a fun option for their family.

  10. Eileen Seaman
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    Thank you for the great information! It was exactly what I was looking for. We are doing a 7 day motorized rafting trip, but driving to South Rim afterwards just for one day to see the grand canyon from the top. Great tips, especially the “4 spots you shouldn’t miss”

  11. John Waugaman
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    Thank you for the awesome information 🙂

  12. Lacey
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    This was great-thank you! We will be going to Sedona for a long weekend and spending one day at the Grand Canyon. I can’t wait! We’ll definitely be hiking down to the Ooh Ahh Point. Thanks for the rec!

  13. Kelly
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    This was very helpful! Thank you ! Heading there in late April. Only have one day. Do you recommend an RV park close by? Coming from the Flagstaff side headed to Monument Valley.

  14. Rob Rains
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    Brilliant! Just what I was looking for…I’m driving to the South Rim from Vegas…but would love to do this tour! I’ll have one full day.

  15. Adrienne
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    Thank you for sharing! I am looking forward to my own day trip to the Grand Canyon while I am out West!

    I am staying in Flagstaff and was wondering what is the difference between the “Flagstaff Deluxe” and the “Intermediate Hike?” I am worried the Flagstaff Deluxe does not include much hiking but rather more driving around? My boyfriend and I are in good shape and were hoping to do a good amount of hiking and travel by foot. Which hike/tour did you do?

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Adrienne
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      Ah sorry I see the answer to my question in your blog (if only I kept reading before asking a question) der!

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  17. Norma Fredrickson
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    Jo, you are an incredible writer. It takes alot to make me laugh and I laughed out LOUD at least three times by your cleaver discription of what othervise might have been mundane information. I had to look around and see if anyone was watching or listening as I thoroughly enjoyed reading your information. I think I will look up more of your reviews just for a good and hardy laugh. Thanks Again

  18. Diana
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    thank you for all the wonderful tips — hoping to take my 3 girls there this July!

  19. Lori
    Lori at | | Reply

    Thanks for all the great advice! My husband and I are going on our honeymoon this June. I really wanted to see Havasu Falls but they are completely booked for this season to my disappointment. Your advice for an alternative adventure is just what I needed to get me excited again! Thanks so much!

  20. sharyn256
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    I took notes, we are going there in June! Our 33rd anniversary celebration!

  21. Jemma Jorel Lester
    Jemma Jorel Lester at | | Reply

    Thank you for doing all this research! Very helpful!!!

  22. Nathan Jesther G. Naanep
    Nathan Jesther G. Naanep at | | Reply

    hoping to be there this November…

  23. JoAnn
    JoAnn at | | Reply

    I am hoping to visit the GC in September this year. I am so excited to have come across your experience! Thank you for sharing.

  24. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
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    What amazing photos, Jo! I haven’t been to Grand Canyon, but I definitely want to go now.

  25. Ed
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    Shamefully I haven’t been there yet and I live on the West Coast! Like you, I’ve been to more than 50 countries and also across more than half the states and somehow missed this. I’ve stayed in Flagstaff. I’ve spent several days in Las Vegas NOT in the city and still managed to not make it there. Now I’m just about ready to be an expat in Southern Spain and I STILL haven’t visited. But…I like your 1-day guide and perhaps I’ll just follow it to the letter this fall as an impromptu trip before I exit the country.

  26. Corinne
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    I love the Grand Canyon, but going there can be as overwhelming as the view. I’m not a fan of tours, but you might be right on this one!

  27. Lance
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    We definitely agree with your “not to miss” spots of Mather Point and the Desert View Watch Tower. However, you’re likely to find other tourists there. BUT, there’s an area out near Yaki Point where you can be completely alone on the South Rim – a rarity!

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