Family Travel Question:
Q | What destinations would you recommend for spring break this year?
What destinations would you recommend for spring break this year? -Brook, OR
A | Visiting the Grand Canyon over spring break
No matter where you live, you can’t beat a family trip to the Grand Canyon for spring break. Add on a few days in Phoenix for some fun in the sun (which you’ll appreciate, because sometimes the Grand Canyon still has snow that time of year). My family took this trip last year and it was a huge success.
If you have a whole week, here’s how I’d do it:
1. Fly into Las Vegas and rent a car. Drive four hours to Williams, Arizona (detouring to see the Hoover Dam if that’s your thing).
2. Spend the night at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Leave your car at Williams–but take your luggage, and travel to our most famous national park on the Grand Canyon Railway. The 90-minute journey includes snacks, scenery, and singing cowboys. You’ll love it.
3. Stay overnight in one of the park’s four hotels. Gawk. Relax. Avail yourself to the super-convenient shuttle bus system.
You’ll return to Williams by train (and don’t be surprised when you’re set upon by horse-riding train robbers on the return journey), and I’d recommend spending another night in the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Then:
1. Leave for Phoenix in your car, but don’t miss the The Grand Canyon Deer Farm just 30 minutes down the road. Have you ever wanted to pet and feed 60 ravenous, slobbering deer? Here’s your chance.
2. Four hours later, check into the Arizona Grand Resort–the most family friendly Phoenix hotel I know and a great place to thaw out. It even has it’s own water park. Don’t miss dinner at Rustler’s Rooste, a restaurant which has a slide entrance, a pet cow, and live music. Don’t ask me why, but it works.
3. If you can tear yourself away from your hotel, go to the Desert Botanical Garden. My kids moaned and whined that we were taking them to a “plant museum”, then had to eat their words when they absolutely loved it.
If you’re lucky enough to have a spring break in March, you might be able to catch a few spring training games. If you’re into baseball, there’s nothing like big league games at little league prices. And if you like authentic Mexican food? This trip is a home run.
Photos courtesy of Rich and Jamie Pearson.