About us: 2 50-somethings and sons 14 and 16. Architect hubby says he doesn't want to hike but thinks nothing of carrying a golf bag around for 18 holes! Sons are into baseball and basketball. I love adventure and drove across country, and back, after college and am looking forward to doing part of that trip again!
I have been reading this board and stying the maps for days and this is the plan:
Tuesday, July 13th – Tour Montezuma Castle or Sunset Crater/Wupatki Ruins. (?) Get supplies in Flagstaff (water, snacks, crackers, fruit, breakfast items?). Lunch at a DDD (a "Diners, Dive, and Drive-Ins" place) Photo op by Route 66 sign. Drive to Grand Canyon. Take shuttle to west rim for a look-see. See sunset. Check for night time ranger programs. Overnight at the rim in Thunderbird Lodge (confirmed).
Wednesday, July 14 – See sunrise at the canyon. Check out El Tovar. Tour the east entrance sites, overlooks, and tower. Stop at Cameron Trading post for lunch (gas, Indian taco). Stop in Page for Dam Tour (call ahead if time allows) and Horseshoe Bend overlook. Drive to Springdale. Overnight at Desert Pearl Inn. (confirmed). (More in Page later)
Thursday, July 15 – Tour Zion National Park. Tube in river behind inn. Overnight at Desert Pearl Inn.
Friday, July 16 - Let the boys sleep in a little bit. and get a later start - Bryce Canyon: Start at furthest point and do overlooks on the way back. Stay to see the sun set and the stars. Overnight at Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand.Hotel. (confirmed)
Saturday, July 17 - drive to Page, AZ. Last Antelope Canyon tour? Horseshoe Bend overlook. Dam Tour? Overnight Courtyard Marriott (confirmed)
Sunday, July 18 – 7:30 morning Glen Canyon float trip. Drive to Sedona. See Sunset Crater/Watpuki ruins along the way? Overnight at Southwest Inn (confirmed- currently ranked #2 on TA)
Monday, July 19 – Pink Jeep Tour. Slide Rock Park at Oak Creek Canyon. Sunset at Sky Ranch Lodge. Overnight at Southwest Inn.
Tuesday, July 20– Drive to Phoenix. Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Swim in hotel pool. Diamondbacks game in the evening. (6:05pm start). Will look for a resort deal closer to that time.
Wednesday 21 – Either stay at hotel and swim/late checkout or take the ATV Hummer tour. Flight back to Raleigh at 3:55 arriving Raleigh at 11:15 pm. Overnight near airport.
Thursday July 22 – Drive back to Richmond
Questions: I get motion sick and will probably wear a patch the entire trip. Will the Coyote Canyon Pink Jeep tour be best? How far in advance should I book (and therefore pay) for the Glen Canyon Float trip? How long does it take to hike and tour Horseshoe Bend? Recommended "must sees" along the way? Is doing alittle in Page, Az going up and more on the way back ok?
Thanks for any help in tweeking or recommendations!