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Old 09-01-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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We will be going to the grand canyon tomorrow (south rim). Anyone who has been, please tell me what you liked and didn't like... what you think I should remember to bring... And any other advice you have!

We will be staying in Flagstaff and visiting Sedona for 2 days
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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While in Flagstaff, there are so many good places to eat/drink. I'd HIGHLY recommend the following: Pesto Brothers, Pasto, Cottage House, Late for the Train Coffee, Beaver Street Brewery. I sure do miss that town!

As for the GC, if you'd like to escape some of the crowds and the mules for a hike into the canyon, I recommend the Grandview Trail. It is east of the major attractions of the South Rim and as its name applies, the view is, uh, grand! Take plenty of sunscreen, snacks and water.

Sedona is other-worldly. Make sure you drive down 89 instead of 17 to enjoy the scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock offer easy, accessible hiking, even if they're a bit crowded. If you like coffee, be sure to pick one up at Posse Grounds.

Near Flagstaff, if you have time, you should also check out Wupatki ruins, Sunset Crater (volcano), and Meteor Crater. Just east of Meteor Crater is Petrified Forest NP...also worthy of a visit. A drive or hike up into the San Francisco Peaks is also enjoyable.

Near Sedona, head south through Cottonwood and up the mountain to Jerome, a funky little town with nice views.
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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If you're not staying at a hotel inside the park, get there early. The lines to enter the park and traffic are horrific, especially on holiday weekends! Don't forget your camera!

As far as Sedona, I really have no tips since it's one of my least favorite places in the US. I know people think it's the greatest thing on Earth but we couldn't wait to leave! I much prefer Utah for red rocks.

Too bad you didn't post earlier...I would have suggested Antelope Canyon in Page. You need reservations to go there, but oh so worth it.

Navajo Parks & Recreation - Antelope Canyon
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:57 PM
 
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Thanks guys I will check all that out!
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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I second avoiding I-17 as you are moving down to sedona - oak creek canyon is a nice little drive and swinging into Jerome is definitely worth it in my opinion ......... i actually dig it more than sedona
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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I love Sedona. It's my number one pick for a weekend getaway.

My favorite thing to do is drive through Oak Creek Canyon with the windows down (you can't do that much in Phoenix!) and hike around Bell Rock. It's so peaceful!
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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I lived in Flagstaff and admit its a nice tourist town, expensive, but lots of interesting sites and people. Work there though for the most part is seasonal. I loved the winters there.
But Grand Canyon was 'okay' not somewhere Id be anxious to go to again anytime soon.
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