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Old 08-07-2012, 08:47 PM   #46
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Hello. My family is considering this trip for July 2013 ( me, DH, DS1 (11) and DS2 (9) I have enjoyed reading everyone comments about this trip. I was wondering - some mentioned making reservations to different restaurants prior to going on their trip. Is this something that needs to be done? If so, how did you learn about the restaurants? Thanks
For one restaurant in particular, the Dining Room at the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon, it's recommended to get a reservation ahead of time, because it is very popular. I don't know about the others, but I heard about it by reading the trip reports of people who had done this trip before me (and since!). Reading the Trip Reports can give you a great idea of what the trips involve, and handy tricks (like making the reservations ahead of time) that people have discovered over the years. Or just post a thread here asking for advice & opinions on restaurants, activities, etc. The folks on this forum love to share their experiences on ABDs!

(If you haven't already, check out the Trip Report sticky at the top of this Forum. There are several Trip Reports for this trip. But look for Southwest Splendors. They just changed the trip name this year.) You can also check out the link to my Trip Report in my Signature. SWS was my first ABD, and I still think it's one of their best itineraries!

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Old 08-07-2012, 08:54 PM   #47
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Sayhello. Thank you very much - going to check out those out right now
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If you just want to have a meal at the El Tovar, you can have lunch there without reservations. I know a lot of people specifically want to have dinner, but lunch is a good option if you're looking for something more flexible. That is what we did and then we had dinner at Bright Angel, where we didn't need reservations either.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:58 AM   #49
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At Sedona, our guides booked several 'dummy' reservations to Che-Ah-Chi, and we just chose one of those times. You could probably book it in advance if you wanted to. It was the best meal of our trip.

We booked El Tovar in advance (reservation window is 30 days out).
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:29 PM   #50
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Thank you for all the advice - happy to say we booked the trip today YEA!! We are going July 3-10 , 2013. We can't wait !
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:02 PM   #51
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Thank you for all the advice - happy to say we booked the trip today YEA!! We are going July 3-10 , 2013. We can't wait !
Congrats! You are so going to love this trip!

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:04 PM   #52
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Please post here if you would like to talk with anyone else who has signed up to travel to Arizona & Utah (& the Grand Canyon) with ABD in 2012/2013.

You can also share information/ask questions about the Arizona & Utah Cowboys & Canyons (formerly Southwest Splendors) ABD.

Please try and keep this thread on topic to discussion and questions about the Arizona & Utah ABD. Off topic posts will be deleted or moved.

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:23 PM   #53
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Please post here if you would like to talk with anyone else who has signed up to travel to Arizona & Utah (& the Grand Canyon) with ABD in 2012/2013.

You can also share information/ask questions about the Arizona & Utah Cowboys & Canyons (formerly Southwest Splendors) ABD.

Please try and keep this thread on topic to discussion and questions about the Arizona & Utah ABD. Off topic posts will be deleted or moved.

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We are doing the June 26 - July 3rd. Myself, my wife and daughter 12 yrs. old. Can't wait and just booked our airfare.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:41 PM   #54
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Just wondering .... Which hotel do you stay at while at Grand Canyon? I was checking out the hotels and saw there are several there.
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Just wondering .... Which hotel do you stay at while at Grand Canyon? I was checking out the hotels and saw there are several there.
It is usually the Thunderbird, but on occasion ABD has used the Maswik Lodge.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:45 AM   #56
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Thanks for the info ... Going in July and can't wait !
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:48 PM   #57
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Ok another question....hope I don't drive you guys crazy . I have read about ABD sending a box - when would this arrival and since we booked thru AAA would it go there? Our trip is the first week in July
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Ok another question....hope I don't drive you guys crazy . I have read about ABD sending a box - when would this arrival and since we booked thru AAA would it go there? Our trip is the first week in July
You used to get the box 45 days ahead of time, now it's more like 3-4 weeks. I leave in a little over 2 weeks, and they haven't sent ours yet (they had to re-print the book). That's not normal.

The box is sent wherever your TA (AAA in your case) indicates it should be sent. I'd talk to AAA if you want it sent directly to you, and see if they'll do that (they just have to inform ABD of that.)

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Hi, my family is considering this trip for summer 2014. My parents in there 60s want to take my children ages 9 and 7 on this vacation. Will there be other grandparents traveling with their grandchildren? What is the average age of kids on these trips? Will my kids find other children in their age group? Thank you for your insight.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:02 PM   #60
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Hi, my family is considering this trip for summer 2014. My parents in there 60s want to take my children ages 9 and 7 on this vacation. Will there be other grandparents traveling with their grandchildren? What is the average age of kids on these trips? Will my kids find other children in their age group? Thank you for your insight.
We just booked 7/2-7/9/14! So excited. It's me, DH, and DS(6). This will be our 4th ABD. I am trying to talk my dad (71) into joining us. He is a huge John Wayne fan, so, I am interested in OP's responses as well.
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