Planning a family trip from Boston to Sedona and GCNP for early August, would appreciate advice/feedback to see if my initial itinerary ideas are on the right track. Family includes 8 people: 85 year old grandmother, 4 middle-aged adults and 3 teen girls (ages 13 - 16). Will be first visit to Arizona for all of us. Grandmother has some mobility limits: walks slowly, tires somewhat easily, uses a cane or walker if ground is uneven. We will have a handicap parking placard.
Here's my initial outline:
Day 1: Flight to Phoenix - overnight at hotel near PHX airport
Day 2: Rent 2 cars - or maybe an 8 pass van? Drive to GCNP - arrive by early afternoon.Overnight at Kachina or Thunderbird Lodge.
Day 3: Tour GCNP early. Finish by mid-pm. Drive to Sedona.
Overnight & Days 4 - 7 or 8: Sedona. Staying at Enchantment or Los Abrigados (maybe) ? Need a full kitchen and would like activities on site so grandmother can participate in some or give family options if some split up to go hiking etc and others stay behind.
Day 9: Drive Sedona to Phoenix Airport. Early pm return flight to Boston.
Alternate itinerary idea is to drive right to Sedona on arrival day. Stay in Sedona for 7 nights and make a day trip to GCNP.
I'd appreciate any advice/suggestions you may have . Thank you!