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Old 02-18-2016, 08:52 PM
 
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I'd recommend a good, knowledgeable cruise travel agent. I'll DM you her contact info in the morning. Other than her, I do ALL my own travel planning.

Here's the thing about cruise lines: everybody has their favorite. It's very subjective, like what is your favorite flavor of ice cream. There's really no 'wrong' answer.

A good cruise agent only has one goal - to match your interests, budget and desires to the cruise that fits best so that you love cruising and come back again and again to give him or her more business.
Thanks, I actually already booked everything. The rooms at the park were all filled up (or $250+) so I grabbed one 23 miles away, which was the closest and still over $100. I'll take her contact info though. I've never been on a cruise but I have been thinking about it. Maybe next time.
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Old 02-19-2016, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Thanks, I actually already booked everything. The rooms at the park were all filled up (or $250+) so I grabbed one 23 miles away, which was the closest and still over $100. I'll take her contact info though. I've never been on a cruise but I have been thinking about it. Maybe next time.
I lived in AZ for 20+ years. And I'm sorry to sound like Debbie Downer; but visiting the GC and staying outside the park in Williams is not a good experience.

It's like visiting NYC but staying in Jersey. Or visiting LV but staying in Henderson.
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Old 02-19-2016, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Thanks, I actually already booked everything. The rooms at the park were all filled up (or $250+) so I grabbed one 23 miles away, which was the closest and still over $100. I'll take her contact info though. I've never been on a cruise but I have been thinking about it. Maybe next time.
Xanterra is the concessionaire who runs the lodging service at the Grand Canyon. DO NOT rely on the website to determine if rooms are available! Instead, CALL XANTERRA DAILY! Cancellations are always occurring, but often those released rooms get re-booked before they can be listed on the website. If you call every day, there's a reasonable chance you'll eventually get the rooms you want.
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Old 02-19-2016, 05:45 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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How far are your mom and brother traveling to see you and would they want to be whisked 2/3 of the way across the country for a quick view of the Grand Canyon?
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Old 02-19-2016, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Hello,
I'm going to travel with my mom and brother in May for a few days. I'm currently on the East Coast and they're going to visit me. Last year I took them to DC and NY. This year I'm thinking of taking them to the Grand Canyon or Boston. Disneyworld and New Orleans crossed my mind, but my mom is rather conservative and I don't think she would like those places. I'm thinking of some place with nature/history. Do you have any suggestions as to what places would be good for a 60 year old woman but entertaining enough for a 23 year old (my bro)? Thanks!
If you decide to go to the Grand Canyon, you might want to also include the incredible red rock national parks in Southern Utah -- Zion and Bryce Canyon. They aren't all that far from the Grand Canyon, and while the Grand Canyon is spectacular, I find that to be the case mainly because it's so huge. In terms of sheer beauty, I don't think it compares to Bryce or Zion. Zion is just 2.5 hours from Las Vegas, and Bryce is just 1.5 hours from Zion, so they are all easily doable in a single trip. Also, in the event that you're animal lovers, you could visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, just across the Utah-Arizona border. It's the largest no-kill animal sanctuary anywhere in the U.S. and is in a drop dead gorgeous setting.
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:00 PM
 
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It's hard to please everybody but my brother would like part of the trip to be in the city and not all about nature.

I think the only other question I have is on the day we get there it will probably be around 5PM. It will still be early but probably not enough to do anything. Unless I'm wrong about that?

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Old 02-19-2016, 09:13 PM
 
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How far are your mom and brother traveling to see you and would they want to be whisked 2/3 of the way across the country for a quick view of the Grand Canyon?
Define "quick" vs "enough". I think 2 days at the same place is probably enough for any location but I've never been there so I wouldn't know.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:04 PM
 
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I wouldn't totally discount WDW. A surprising cross section of people like it. People I would never suspect LOVE the place...me included. (on paper it is my personal idea of hell, but when I get there, I love it!).

If you stay in that yacht club or beach club its an easy walk to Epcot world show case. There is a lot of good dining and things to look at there. You could enjoy it 2 or 3 half days and not see the same thing twice. The Epcot resorts themselves have nice amenities for adults, even older adults. Taking a boat ride around the lake while fire works are going off is really nice. There is fine dining all over the place. Disney springs has some good shows and restaurants (a bus ride away).

Transportation is super easy, which is very nice.

The Floridian is the most fancy resort. It might be too late to make a reservation for this summer there. It fills up quickly. But you can get to Magic Kingdom and Epcot (but the Future world side) on the monorail.

WDW doesn't have a ton of thrill rides. Its more animation and experience. Its surprisingly fun. And they do everything really well. The shows are amazing. The fireworks are top notch. They have great dining options. A wide range of hotels and resorts. Amazing (like...amazing) employees, best of the best.

If you do go there, look and concierge level rooms. If you come back to your room a lot, I find its worth it (snacks, breakfast, wine, etc).

Having a multi generational family there is a breeze. Plan some days apart, but to meet for dinner and a show and fireworks before bed (and the 23 year old and go out and have some more fun if wanted). Get park hopper tickets.

So it doesn't sound like its on your short list, but don't count it out...worth doing an hour of research on and presenting it to mom. 23 year old will have lots of fun there (esp Hollywood studios and Disney Springs...maybe a water park too).

So if you do WDW (again, I get it isn't on your short list) planning is key, esp at high crowd times. Look at planning through tour plans.com or the like. Even peak crowd times, you can wait less then 20 minutes anywhere if you plan well.
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Old 02-20-2016, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Xanterra is the concessionaire who runs the lodging service at the Grand Canyon. DO NOT rely on the website to determine if rooms are available! Instead, CALL XANTERRA DAILY! Cancellations are always occurring, but often those released rooms get re-booked before they can be listed on the website. If you call every day, there's a reasonable chance you'll eventually get the rooms you want.
Very good advice!

Regarding adding on Zion and Bryce Canyon. It's a 300 mile drive from the SOUTH Grand Canyon. Much too far for this already too short trip. (I suspect Katzpur was thinking of going to the North side if the GC, which is only 150 miles from Zion.)

In an effort to keep everyone happy, I'd be concentrating on seeing Phoenix/Scottsdale, Sedona for nature and maybe Tucson. If you can't stay in the GC park, it's not worth the 4 hour drive.

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Old 02-20-2016, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Regarding adding on Zion and Bryce Canyon. It's a 300 mile drive from the SOUTH Grand Canyon. Much too far for this already too short trip. (I suspect Katzpur was thinking of going to the North side if the GC, which is only 150 miles from Zion.)
Yes, I definitely was thinking of the North Rim as opposed to the South Rim. I've never been to the South Rim, but I understand it's a lot more "touristy" than the South, and I prefer the less "touristy" spots myself.
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