We are in the process of planning next years (2009) holiday (yes I know it's a long way away but we like to plan ahead and I am aware that some places do fill up well in advance!) and I'd like some help and advise please on where to spend 3 weeks in Arizona and Utah.
We don't want to spend 3 weeks in a car, but on the other hand don't mind a reasonable amount of driving. I think we'd rather stay in the same place for 2/3 nights and then do a longish drive on one day rather than drive every day.
Most of the destinations I've listed below I haven't put down how long to stay or if I have then we obviously very flexible - looking for your guidance.
Also if you feel that we are doing this trip 'in the wrong order' please let me know - for example should I have listed lake Powell, but am not really sure as to where this should be fitted in! Same goes for Zion NP, I justthoughtthis would be best as the last stop before Vegas.
There are 3 of us (2 adults and one child aged 15)
We will be coming early July 2009
How does the following sound:
Fly to Phoenix and spend 2 days (3 nights) relaxing.
Short dive up to Sedona (1 night) Worth a stop or not?
South Rim GC (2 days/2nights)
Monument Valley (2 days/2nights)Is that too long - we would like to do some exploring and also go to 4 corners Monument.
Up to Moab (3 nights here) we would like to do a white water raftingtrip and from Moab looks to be the best bet. Go to Canyonlands NP and Arches NP whilst here.
Lake Powell(2 nights)
Zion NP (1 nights.)
Las Vegas (3 nights)
Should we then return to Phoenix OR with the 5 nights left go on and do the following:
Death Valley (1 night)
Mammoth (2 night)
(We've been to Yosemite before just in case you thought we should go there!)
Lake Tahoe (2 nights)
Internal flight from Reno to Phoenix and then back to UK.
What do you guys think!!!!
Many thanks in advance for your help!