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Old 02-03-2016, 09:33 PM   #1
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Trip to Grand Canyon from NJ

I'd like to visit the Grand Canyon this year and would like to hear recommendations for my trip.
I'll depart from New Jersey and want to know what months are better and what places would be fun to visit in both directions. Also, how much time you folks think is needed in order to relax during this long trip.
All suggestions are welcome.
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There are so many things to do between NJ and the Grand Canyon, it's hard to keep this short. Utah and Colorado have many scenic and historic places you could stop. Make sure you have a National Parks Pass for the many places it will get you in free. If you've never been west, there are many places to see in South Dakota and Wyoming, then you could go south in Utah's NPs and the Grand Canyon. You might consider the North Rim, it's much less crowded but just as beautiful without all the commercialism.
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We're leaving Maryland on Monday and are not planning to get to the Grand Canyon until late March stopping in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. From there wandering our way to Seattle for a cruise to Alaska in late May, then more national park stops on our way back across to home in late June or early July.
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We are also planning a trip to the Grand Canyon and interested in this post, hopefully this thread will prove helpful.
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Also, how much time you folks think is needed in order to relax during this long trip.
A year should be enough!

There os SO much to see.
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Bear in mind that the Canyon is in cool country. Check the weather in advance. If you are getting frozen drop down to Cottonwood to thaw out.
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I'd like to visit the Grand Canyon this year and would like to hear recommendations for my trip.
I'll depart from New Jersey and want to know what months are better and what places would be fun to visit in both directions. Also, how much time you folks think is needed in order to relax during this long trip.
All suggestions are welcome.
We did the Grand Canyon in the summer of 2014 (Late July / Early August). It was the only time available for us. The Grand Canyon only was hot and crowded but still for us enjoyable. The rest of the places were not really crowded. If you had any time during the year the shoulder seasons would be the best a lot cooler and probably less people. Here is what we did - We left NJ I-95 to Baltimore then over to I-81 main stops were Nashville (Two Rivers Campground) great town plenty to see went back in 2015; Little Rock, Ar (Downtown Riverside RV Park) overnight stop; Oklahoma City (Rockwell RV Park) did the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial; Amarillo, TX (Overnite, RV Park) stopped at the Big Texan Steak Ranch for dinner; Santa Fe, NM (Los Suenos de Santa Fe Rv park) stopped at Loretto Chapel to see the Miraculous Staircase; Durango, Co (United Campgrounds of Durango) took the Durango and Silverton Railway to Silverton nice day trip on a steam train; then went via the Four Corners Monument to the Grand Canyon South Rim (Trailer Village Campground) great location in the park with access to free public transportation; Gallup NM (USA Rv Park) overnight stay; Rosewell, NM (Town and Country Rv Park) did the UFO tour visited the museum; Lubbock TX (KOA) for an overnight; Dallas, TX (Dallas/Arlington KOA) toured the Book Depository museum, Southfork Ranch; Henderson, LA (Cajun Palms RV Park) great cajun food; New Orleans (New Orleans West KOA in River Ridge) great food and sights; Stone Mountain, GA (Stone Mountain Park Campground) Confederate Memorial and other sights; from there shot over to I-95 and home. There was some other one night stops along the way. The trip was 29 days in length most destination stops were two or three nights. Passed by a lot of places knowingly leaving them for next time.
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That's awesome, thanks for all the details.
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