Grand Canyon

A few weeks ago, Marriott and the National Park System finalized a partnership where Marriott promises to bring cheaper hotel rates near National Park entrances throughout the United States. If you are feeling a little uneasy flying but still want to getaway, you might consider going to a National Park and staying in a Marriott hotel.

We took our family to the Grand Canyon for our vacation one year. Since there aren’t any Marriott hotels near the Grand Canyon, we ended up staying in Flagstaff in a Marriott hotel and driving the 1 1/2 hours — totally doable, even with our kids. We had a scheduled appointment to ride mules down the trail and back up. It was one of those things on our bucket list. Whenever we think about this vacation, we laugh and laugh. It was definitely an adventure. The funniest part of the whole day was that our son had a mule that wouldn’t move unless he used his stick hitting it’s back side (it was a flimsy thing that didn’t really do anything). While all of us were saddle sore at the end of the day, his arm ached!!! It was so fun!!!

To check out the discounts available, go directly to their National Parks page: Or when searching a particular hotel on their regular reservation page, enter in the discount code M96 . I checked some random hotels near parks and didn’t see much of a discount if any. Maybe it will get better as they get further along in their partnership — I hope so. In any event, keep this discount in mind if you are planning on going to any National Parks in the future. You might want to be open to doing something closer to your home — perhaps at a National Park — during these uncertain times, and creating your own adventures! Just saying . . . . . . .

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