This afternoon, I watched a show on the Travel Channel about the Colorado River. 2 weeks from tomorrow, we will be there to see it for ourselves.
After a lot of research and a great deal of helpful advice (some of which I am going to respectfully ignore), I have the final itinerary for our trip. While I understand we will have 2 long days of driving, that really doesn't seem like a big deal. (On last year's trip to Yellowstone, we had 300+ mile drives on each of our first 3 days as we made our way from Denver, to South Dakota, to Cody and still managed to spend 3 hours each at Mt. Rushmore, Custer SP and Badlands NP, stop at Wall Drug and Devils Tower, spend 3 hours at the Cody Museums and attend the Cody Nite Rodeo during those three days. One 300 mile day and one 400 mile day seem doable.)
Here is our plan:
5/26-9:00 a.m. Pink Jeep Tour and the rest of the day to explore the Sedona area.
5/27-leave early for the Grand Canyon. Visit the western rim area before checking in at Maswik. Find a good place for sunset.
5/28-Sunrise,explore the Village area after breakfast and check out by 11:00. Leave through Eastern entrance and head to Bryce NP. Stop at Cameron and Horseshoe Bend. Stay at Ruby's Inn. (300 mile day)
5/29-morning in Bryce. Leave after lunch and drive to Zion. Try to get tickets for the 6:30 "Ride the Shuttle with a Ranger". If not shuttle thru park.
5/30-morning in Zion. Check out at noon head toward Phoenix. No set time to arrive there, so we can make a few stops on the way. We will plan to take the alt 89 route. (400 mile day)
5/31-My son and I will go to the 1:00 Diamondbacks/Braves game while my wife and daughter shop. We may have supper at Rawhide in Chandler.
6/1-late morning flight home.