Re-posting from Phoenix forum (put it there by accident - sorry for duplication)
Just starting to plan a trip for our family of 4 (2 kids 10, 12) in April 2014. I still need help with the big picture before I start to fill in all the details. My son is dying to see the Grand Canyon and to do any other Junior Ranger programs. All of us enjoy hiking, horse back riding.
We are flying into Albuquerque, but not really planning to spend time there (flights just worked much better for us). Right now I'm looking at:
Day 1 - fly into Albuquerque late, stay overnight in Albuquerque
Day 2 - AM drive to Grand Canyon pretty early, stay inside park (2 nights) - vacation rental
Day 3- Grand Canyon
Day 4- drive to Sedona, stay 1 night
Day 5 - Pink Jeep Tour AM
drive to Tucson late in the day to vacation rental
Day 6-7 Tucson
Dessert Museum (eat lunch there)
Day 8- drive back to Albuquerque, fly out late
Several questions -
1) We may have 1 extra day - where would you recommend we spend it?
2) We are currently skipping Phoenix - thoughts about that?
3) Should we try to go to Page?
4) As I'm writing this my son is announcing that he would like to camp at the bottom of the Grand Canyon - which we would consider but - don't know how the weather is for that in April? and we would need to rent/borrow equipment since we don't want to drag all of our stuff on the plane for 1 night.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.