We are leaving Tuesday, July 17th for a cross-country road trip. We are leaving from LA and our first stop is the Grand Canyon. Neither of us have been and don't know what to expect or how to plan. We are are going to spend the day driving, find a hotel near the GC, then visit/explore the following day.
Because we've never been and haven't done enough proper research, we are wondering what our best plan of attack is. We don't want to do any tours or hiking or mule-rides, just simply spend a chunk of the day seeing the sights, then either staying a second night and leaving early the next morning (so 2 nights there total), or taking off late afternoon and driving a bit more (1 night there total).
We are on a budget, so that's a factor. I just have no idea what part to visit, what the hotel situation is, where to go once were there, etc etc.