Our first decision was where to stop on the first night out. We, of course, opted for detouring through the Grand Canyon, but were uncertain if we could find reasonable lodging. I remembered some controversy earlier about incorporating a town just to the south of the National Park, so we drove through the park and, sure enough found the town of Tusayan. It almost all looks brand new! According to Wikipedia, it was only recently incorporated with a total population of 558, but the incorporation was unpopular with some and they are fighting it. Typical Western politics. I stopped at the Holiday Inn Express; they had a room, but it was $250 for the night.
|Brunch at the El Tovar Hotel|
The next morning we rose early and drove back into the Park (thank you, Golden Passport) for breakfast and to feed on the view once again. I had forgotten how spacious the "Grand Canyon Village" was with markets, hotels, overlooks, and trail heads. We ended up at the old El Tovar Hotel which was built as a Harvey House at the end of the railway in the early 20th century. It's been recently remodeled and proudly occupies its prime spot at the edge of the South Rim. The hotel itself reminded me of the Strater Hotel in Durango with its period furniture. And, best of all, breakfast was superb. Good detour!