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Trip List by Tripletmom96

Best of the West

28 Jul 2011  Traveling with Teens
0.0 of 5 stars based on 0 votes

We revisited past favorites from other vacations, creating a loop itinerary from Las Vegas.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Springdale, Yucca
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  • 1. Narrows Hike at Zion National Park

    This is our favorite hike anywhere. From start to finish, we spent about 8 hours on this hike, but you could tailor it to your needs (hiking as far in as you want, then turning around and hiking downstream to exit). High water levels made this a much more challenging hike than our first experience. Eight year olds easily hiked last time but would have struggled this year due to high water. Be sure to rent neoprene socks and special water hiking shoes instead of using your own tevas or water shoes.

  • 2. Desert Pearl Inn
    Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale, Utah
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    Avg price: $200

    The town of Springdale is lovely and this hotel is our favorite. Request a room on the creek.

  • 3. Houseboating at Lake Powell

    We've rented houseboats at Wahweap and Antelope Point and like both for different reasons. If you go in July as we did, be sure to get a boat with a generator and inverter, and I'd strongly recommend towing either a powerboat or jet ski(s). Stock up on supplies/groceries in Page. If it is in your budget to do so, pay extra to board the night before. It makes a huge difference-- allowing you to load up the boat, run to Walmart if you've forgotten anything, and be the first to leave the dock in the morning. Having seen both Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the scenery on Lake Powell is far more beautiful.

  • 4. Sedona, AZ

    Can't beat Sedona for beautiful scenery. A few tips:
    - Stay at a hotel near the heart of Sedona (between the Best Western Arroyo Roble and the Hyatt Pinon Pointe on route 89A) because it's nice to be able to walk to the shops and restaurants in the area. Take the Broken Arrow Pink Jeep Tour-- an unforgettable way to see the beautiful Red Rocks up close. Eat at the Cowboy Club-- or better yet in their Silver Saddle room if you have older, well-behaved kids or are a party of adults. Great food!

  • 5. Snow Cap on Route 66 in Seligman

    While route 40 will get you from Sedona to Yucca in a more timely manner, take a side trip on Route 66 to experience a blast from the past. No business captures the spirit of Route 66 better than the Snow Cap-- a festival of tackiness in Seligman where one can get hot dogs, ice cream, root beer floats, etc. served with a side of practical jokes and corny fun. Pay close attention to the antics of the owners as they serve up your food and be sure to check out the eclectic "garden" in back.

  • 6. Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch
    Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, Yucca, Arizona

    This ranch excels in making guests feel like family and in offering two daily horseback rides to visitors of any ability level. The place is beautfully landscaped, the rooms are clean and comfortable, and the included meals are terrific. See my separate review of STGR for more details about this wonderful spot!