I've been reading some of these forums and getting more confused than ever! Feeling like we should have a better itinerary. We're kind of laid back. My husband and I and 2 teenagers will be arriving Phoenix on a Thursday in July late morning. Planning on just driving straight to Sedona where we're staying for a week in a tymshare. The day we arrive, maybe hit the grocery store, have dinner and just relax or get our bearings around town. Speaking of town and dinner, all reviews for restaurants sounded good but we like to eat at the places the locals go. Can anyone just give me 2-3 places that are a "must"?
Friends from Colorado will be joining us the next day to stay for the weekend. Planning on driving to the GCNP but husband feels we shouldn't go there on a weekend thinking it will be too crowded. I can't imagine that place being crowded mid-July! Anyway, with our friends, we were planning on going to GCNP for a day (should we take a bus tour or drive ourself?) and another day visit Chapel of the Holy Cross and Oak Creek Canyon. Is there anything else we can fit in?
When friends leave Monday, we have 3 days left in Sedona and want to do the Pink Jeep Tour (Broken Arrow/Scenic Rim - do we need to make reservations now or can it wait?), visit Jerome, Montezuma Castle, Red Rock Crossing and maybe fit in a horseback ride. Not sure if that is all doable.
After our week is up on Thursday, we will be driving to Page staying there 2 nights at Lake Powell. Friday morning have reservations for Colorado River Discovery (can't wait!!). Any other things that are a "must do" while in that area? We leave early Saturday to catch our flight in Phoenix.
Thanks for any advice.