You guys have been a blessing throughout the planning stages of this 11 day trip. I booked the El Tovar in January and have been chipping away at the pieces ever since!
I've said this before - 6 of us - all adults ranging from late 30s to two in their late 60s (good farm folks so used to heat and moving around).
Sat Sept 4 / fly into Phoenix at 6:45AM, maybe breakfast at Rock Springs Café as we drive up to Page.
PAGE Sept 4, 5, 6 Courtyard By Marriott
Sept 5 - 9AM Canyons Adventure Cruise
Sept 6 - 7:30AM Colorado River Discovery
Haven't booked Upper Canyon yet but we will get that planned soon. I have all the other idea on my list so we can plan afternoons and evenings. (Dam tour, Powell museum, Horseshoes Bend, some want to do the lower Antelope Canyon. We may also do an afternoon trip to Marble Canyon/Lees Ferry/Navajo Bridge even if we do it on the way to GCNP.)
GCNP Sept 7, 8 EL Tovar
Sept 9 - As we drive to Sedona, we may stop in Williams for a look/see. Maybe lunch at Twisters or somewhere funky.
Sept 9, 10, 11, 12 B/W Arroya Roble Villa (we can drop a night and head out early if we decide to go to Prescott or elsewhere)
Again, no tours booked yet. May take the Earthwisdom Easy Canyon tour since it is the least jarring. One of our elders has a back that won't like a rough ride. Several want to reserve the Evening Sky Tour.
Of course we will visit Airport mesa and check out the must-see stuff like Chapel of the Holy Cross, etc.
I am putting together a travel booklet that lists what there is to do and see, where we are staying, overall itinerary, etc. Sedona is where I am a bit stuck. I'm trying to plan a sample itinerary based on the direction out of Sedona we have to travel. Just ideas so when we start out, we have an idea of where we want to go even if we don't make all the stops.
North of Sedona - Walnut Creek, Wupatki National Monument & Sunset Crater Volcano (maybe 35-mile-long loop drive?) a visit to Flagstaff. Museum of Northern Arizona? Is the Snowbowl skyride worth the effort? Maybe a visit to the Lowell Observatory.
South of Sedona - Some want to see Monetzuma's Castle (I've been there already) but I'm not sure what to combine as South day trip. RR State Park then Verde Valley area and MC?
Sept 13 we will stay somewhere near the airport for an 8:45AM flight out on Sept 14.
It looks like I'm over-planning but really, I'm just putting together ideas so we can make educated decisions. We don't need to have 6 people all wondering what there is to do and where everything is. Yes, we also hope to SIT, RELAX, ENJOY some of the time.
Critique, suggest, give the thumbs-up... You guys will know the travel times, distances, and do-ability of the day trips.
Thanks for ALL your help along the way.