Looking for length of stay and itinerary advice. Family of 4 (mid 40's mom/dad, 15yo boy, 11yo girl) would like to visit GC this summer, coming from IL side of St, Louis metro area. Can only go latter part of July/first several days of August.
Booked one night at Kachina Lodge on Mon, July 31 - everything else in GCNP appears to be booked for that time frame. Considering driving but starting to lean toward flying. Would like to use small local airport and fly to Vegas but limited flights.
Flight leaving on Mon, July 31 to arrive in Vegas at 3pm. Wouldn't arrive to Kachina/GC until 8/9pm. Assuming we don't want to do last leg of drive in dark? (we've done in past in Black Hills, Smoky Mtns, Rocky Mtns and lived to tell) Departing flight on morning of Fri, Aug 4. Would give us 3 total days to visit area. Doesn't sound like enough?
Another flight leaves on Fri, July 28 to arrive in Vegas at 3pm. With depart Fri, Aug 4, would have total of 6 days to visit. Will we run out of things to do?
Kids are fit/adventurous, mom and dad are overweight but up for hiking just not too strenuous.
Spending 1-2 days at Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam w/ kids (since we're there), Sedona, hiking, open to something on water (not required), Four Corners, and I guess Page, AZ although I know nothing about it. I do have a disabled cousin in Tuscon that we could (maybe should) visit for an afternoon in there somewhere.
Starting to think I am not up for the cross country Griswald-like trek but not sure if flying Friday to Friday will be too much time.
Thanks in advance!