Well it's just over a year (early July 09) before we (2 adults and 1 child aged 15) will be going on our trip, and as soon as the dates we require for the National Park Lodges are available we are going to start booking things up.
However, before we do, I'd like to show you our planned itinerary, so you can all make comments and suggestions please.
At some of the places we plan to stay we have ideas on Hotels which we might go for, but if you have any recomendations of somewhere you have stayed at that was great please let us know. As far as our budget goes for Hotel rooms, with the US Dollar at nearly two to the UK Pound we can go up to USD 150- 175 per night as long as the room sleeps 3 people. We don't want to have 2 rooms.
As well as Hotel recomendations, if you think of something we should do/see along our route please let us know! (we like the outdoors and are all pretty fit.)
OK, here goes:
Arrive at PHOENIX - AZ from the UK - early evening - pick up car (Recomendations for Car hire please)
At leisure in Phoenix/Scottsdale - we'll want a full day to rest after the flight. Recomendations for good place to unwind for 2 nights please.
Leave Phoenix/Scottsdale for SEDONA.
2 nights in Sedona. (Again Recomendations please - somewhere we can enjoy the Red Rock Views, pref with a pool.)
Leave Sedona for GC South Rim - stay 2 nights at a Lodge in the Park. (But which one!)
(Do you buy one pass that allows unlimited entry to the NPs?)
Leave GD and drive to PAGE - via GC East Rim.
2 nights here, for Lake Powell. (Recomendations please)
Leave Page, Drive to Monument Valley, stay one night at GOULDINGS Lodge.
Leave MV, and drive to MESA VARDE NP, 1 night here (Far View Lodge.)
Leave MVNP and drive to MOAB.
3 nights in MOAB (We'd like to do White water rafting,- any recomendations of good company - we'd like as 'wild' as possible - not a flat river cruise!)plus Canyonlands Arches NP etc...
Again recomendations pleasse for a place to stay in Moab.
Stay 1 night in TORREY, ideas?
Leave Torrey for Bryce Canyon, via Scenic Byway 12.
2 nights in Bryce Canyon. (How many options are there here of places to stay IN the Park please?)
Leave Bryce Canyon, to ZION Canyon - 1 night here. Again would preferto stay IN the Park.
Leave ZC for Las Vegas.
3 nights in Vegas.
Spoilt for choice here as to where to stay!! Somewhere on the strip I guess - has anyone got anywhere thatthey would NOT recomended!!
Here we are undecided as to what to do - we are flying back out of Phoenix on the afternoon of Day 23, so we have two more nights - should we drive straight through to Phoenix and chill out here for 2 nights OR stop over somewhere en route? Lake Mead? Other thoughts / suggestions please!
Day 23 (pm) Fly home.
Anyway, please feel free to post your comments on the above - have we got too much driving involved? will we have time to enjoy everything?
Many thanks for all your help!!!