As ever it is a pleasure to go through the wealth of information and advice on this forum. We are a middle aged couple visiting the Grand Canyon for 3 days (2 nights) driving from Phoenix during the first week-end of March (Friday-Sunday). We have booked our accommodation for two nights at the Yavapai lodge inside the Park. I would like some advice on how to break up my time and the driving route to and from the GCP.
On Friday (day-1), starting early morning from Phoenix, I would like to drive via Flagstaff, 89 (visit the Sunset Crater (anything else on the way?) and enter the GCP via the east gate, drive along the rim a bit (any specific sunset points to select?) and reach the lodge by 6 or 7 PM. I would like advice on the sequence of spots to visit on day-2 (we are not great hikers but would like not to miss great scenic spots). On day-3, I want to start (after watching the sunrise) and drive south towards Williams and head towards Sedona, which I believe has some really beautiful sights. I would like to spend time till about 6 PM in Sedona (what are the best drives/tours?) and then plan to reach Phoenix airport by 9 PM for a red eye flight. Any and all advice welcome. Thanks.