On my recent September road trip (TR still in the works), I had a chance to visit Grand Canyon NP (both south and north rims), Page (Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River Float Trip) and the 3 National Monuments: Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki. In November I'll be spending a few days in Sedona. Now I'm thinking about a 10 day Arizona (plus Monument Valley) trip for next May. Here's my thoughts:
MONDAY, 5/20 - fly MDW to PHX, pick up rental car offsite, Heard Museum (including 2 docent tours). STAY: Budget Lodge Downtown Phoenix.
TUESDAY, 5/21 - Taliesin West Insights Tour, Musical Instrument Museum (I am a musician and expect to spend hours here). STAY; Budget Lodge Downtown Phoenix.
WEDNESDAY, 5/22 - Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Art Museum (including 3 docent tours), drive to Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory (open to 9:30pm on Wed). STAY: Little America Motel.
THURSDAY, 5/23 - Museum of Northern Arizona, Pioneer Museum, Arboretum (including tour), Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, downtown Flagstaff. STAY: Little America Motel.
FRIDAY, 5/24 - Drive to Page, Upper Antelope Slot Canyon Photographic Tour (Chief Tsosie's - was scheduled to do this on road trip but rain forced cancellation due to flood danger), drive to Monument Valley, possibly taking Gouldings Full Moon Monument Valley Tour (it's the night of the full moon). STAY: The View
SATURDAY, 5/25 - Half day Monument Valley Tour including restricted backcountry sites (probably with Navajo Spirit Tours), drive to Tuba City, Explore Navajo Interactive Museum. STAY: Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites.
SUNDAY, 5/26 - Full day tour with Hopi Tours (Micah Loma'omvaya), drive to Holbrook. STAY: Wigwam Motel (can't help myself).
MONDAY, 5/27 - Petrified Forest National Park (including park programs and tours, some short hikes and all the overlooks, etc.), drive to Winslow. STAY: La Posada Hotel
TUESDAY, 5/28 - Little Painted Desert County Park, Homlovi Ruins State Park, Downtown Winslow (First Street Pathway, Winslow Visitor Center/Hubbell Trading Post, Snowdrift Art Space, Standin' on the Corner Park...again, Old Trails Historical Museum), optional trip to Meteor Crater (which will be open to 7pm). STAY: La Posada Hotel.
WEDNESDAY, 5/29 - Drive to Phoenix, return car and fly home
Always open to ideas, changes, challenges, repudiations, affirmation, etc. Biggest questions are whether to do the Full Moon Tour (or just hang out on the balcony at The View) and whether to visit the unique but expensive IMHO Meteor Crater.
KeithEdited: 10 October 2012, 04:51