We are a couple planning a road trip in mid September 2014. After Yosemite and DVNP we will have 1 night in LV before travelling to the GCNP for 3 nights. From there we will continue to LA, possibly after stopping in Sedona. Our main aim is to see beautiful natural scenery and maybe have one or two short hikes along the way.
Our original plan was to have 2 nights at the El Tovar, which we have already booked, followed by 1 night in Page after doing the half day raft float.
We are now considering it may be better driving straight to Page from LV, giving us a chance to stop for views from the north rim on the way, then spending 2 nights in Page, followed by 1 night at the El Tovar, or 2 if we miss out Sedona. This would mean we would not be retracing part of our route on the way to LA.
In your expert opinion would there be time to stop at the North Rim viewpoints on the way to Page and would the route be more scenic? We are used to driving long distances so time spent on the road is not too much of an issue, or would the time be better spent at the South Rim so we would not be quite as rushed there, and the first night and morning would be more memorable? As it is our first trip to the GC I think it would be great if the first real view we have will be one we will never forget, weather permitting!
Thank you in advance for any replies, advice on Tripadvisor forums has already helped us so much planning this vacation.