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I did a long distance drive about ten years ago via the I-40, and decided to check out the Canyon so long as I was passing by. I switched to State Route 64, which took me directly to Grand Canyon National Park Airport (GCN), near the South Rim. There are 2 or 3 companies there selling helicopter flights over the canyon. There are no special documents or ...


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Yes, there are many different helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon. Most are out of Las Vegas. You can estimate the cost to be $300 USD or more per person. Here's a sample of the view when flying to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas: As a bonus, you also get to see the Hoover Dam and the Strip from a different angle.


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Having recently hiked rim to river and back, I can tell you that hiking in the Canyon has been one of the most transformative events of my life. It's beauty is beyond words. The most important thing to remember is don't be this guy. Take your time, and enjoy the beauty. Staying there, getting there. Ideally, you would spend the night as near to the ...


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For free, you can't miss Temple Square. (photo from here) The grounds themselves are beautiful just to walk around or for a photo-op (including views of the Salt Lake Temple itself as well as reflecting pools and countless gardens) but there are a number of attractions to visit and/or tour, too. Some of the highlights: Joseph Smith Memorial Building ...


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There are many helicopter and other air tour operators in the area: South Canyon Grand Canyon Tour List of various Grand Canyon Tours Papillon Tours Grand Canyon Helicopters I could go on but I think this will do for now. AMENDED I would suggest talking about a tour like this when you get a to a hotel in LV. Reason being is that tour operators may be ...


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Wikitravel's Grand Canyon page mentions two companies: Airplane and helicopter tours are offered by providers outside of the south rim in Tusayan at the Grand Canyon Airport, and also from Las Vegas. Scenic flights are no longer allowed to fly below the rim within the national park. However, some helicopter flights land on the Havasupai and Hualapai Indian ...


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Given I've heard of snow on the ground there in April, it could be very cold. However, I'll describe what we did, and you can adapt it based on the conditions when you arrive. First thing was to enter the park (driving) before sunrise. This gave us a chance to park, get our gear together, and race down to Mather Point for a spectacular view of sunrise. ...


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There's no simple answer to this because flight prices vary according to time of the year. Flight costs are probably going to be the highest, and while it is not the only indicator, a lower flight price indicates an 'off-season'. If you try Kayak's Explore feature (set your airport to Seattle) then it does indeed seem that cheapest flights in March 2013 ...


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There are three guide companies available for climbing Rainier: Alpine Ascents International (206)378-1927 International Mountain Guides LLC (360)569-2609 Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. (360)569-2227 They are all probably pretty good. I've heard good things about RMI. I don't know about prices. It's possible to do without a guide company, if you learn and ...


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The short answer is no, as has been said. There are a few bus lines popping up. You can check them out at http://gotobus.com and http://cashuttlebus.com. They typically take you between SF/LA and LA/LV and that's about it.


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I had a quick look at the "Grand Canyon Tour" website mentioned above, and it says the tour is going to the West Rim. I'm pretty sure the scenery is similar, but the usual Grand Canyon pictures you see in books and in posters are taken from the South Rim, near Grand Canyon Village - and that is ~150miles away from Las Vegas. Just saying this because ...


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Sorry, but no. There are parts of the western states you can get to and from via train, but they're a small percentage of the whole area. If your goal was to, for instance, just get around the SF Bay Area, then the combination of BART, Muni, CalTrain, etc. would be sufficient. But given that "the Western US" is about half the country (depending on ...


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From the West Coast, your main options outside the continental U.S. are Hawaii, Mexico, and Central America. Alaska (often codeshared with Delta) and Hawaiian both have nonstop service from Seattle to Honolulu. You can reach the outer islands and most of Mexico and Central America with a single connection in the West. Prices will vary sharply with the ...


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I would say it's probably pretty cold, expect snow (it's high there). Taking a look at the weather channel, I can see the temperature these days is in the 40s (0-10°C) during the day. Maybe the mist can be more of a problem, you can check the day before if you are flexible on your dates. Also check the road conditions (there are currently alerts on the ...


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I've been using My Scenic Drives to plan my own cross-country roadtrip. They have suggested routes, but they also let you manually enter points of interest and then suggest things around them. Although My Scenic Drives is still in beta, the folks who make it have been extremely responsive to suggestions, feature requests, and bug reports. :)


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When I traveled the east coast USA, the Chinatown bus was the budget way to travel. It was (apparently) cheaper than Greyhound, at the cost of a little luxury (although after taking a Greyhound bus I'm not sure there were many luxuries to lose). The Chinatown buses run from Chinatown in one city to Chinatown in another. These were mainly an East coast ...



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