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Help with Itinerary in early March 2011

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Help with Itinerary in early March 2011

Planning a trip to Phoenix./ Scottsdale the first week of March for Heard Museum Indian Festival. Need advice on planned itinerary and suggestions.

First, is it better to stay in Phoenix or Scottsdale? - We're considering the Best Western Sundial in Scottsdale

; We are talking about flying into Phoenix, driving directly to Grand Canyon. Would it be better to fly into Flagstaff and fly out of Phoenix? Have reservations for two night at El Tovar.

Do we have time on way up to or back from to go to Petrified Forest and Painted Desertl What else should we stop and see on the way?

Is driving treacherous first week in March. Better to drive to Williams and take train? or take shuttles all the way to Grand Canyon, or can a inexperieced driver drive there?

Thanks for your help

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1. Re: Help with Itinerary in early March 2011

Fly in and out of PHX for most reliable and probably cost effective service. Weather can still be an issue in March. Phoenix and Scottsdale are adjacent cities and both convenient to your conference

The drive from PHX to GCNP is simple and will take about 4 hours. Only severe weather can change this. Driving to Williams and taking the train won't enhance the trip in anyway but inclusion of a ride on a train. All other factors will be made worse. Shuttles can't be any more reliable than a rental car in winter storm weather.

PFNP is an out of the way destination requiring most of another day. Painted Desert is a huge region and if you utilize the east gate at the GCNP for entrance or exit from the park, you will see a good bit of it. Best detour on the way up or back is Sedona. The detour itself adds less than 20 minutes to the route, but time you'll want to stop and spend there can change that number. Most visitors try to stay for most of a week.

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2. Re: Help with Itinerary in early March 2011

Scottsdale would be better.

Fly into PHX, rent a car and drive yourself to GCNP. Glad to hear that you have secured covetted accommodation at GCNP! Congrats!

March weather should be fine. Driving from PHX to GCNP is not a straight flat highway and is therefore not "simple", but having said that, it is pretty straight forward. I would suggest you drive on 89, do the Sunset Crater/Wupatki Ruins which would give you a great view of the Painted Desert. Go in the East Entrance and make your way to El Tovar. The only glitch here would depend of your flight times. You may want to go in the main entrance and leave from the East Entrance...

You MAY want to drive to Sedona on the way there or back, take 89A through Oak Creek Canyon which is a more treacherous drive yet very scenic drive.

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