Hi AZ experts, how does this trip sound? Thanks for any feedback you have to offer!
Thursday December 1- Fly to PHX, arrive at 145pm, pick up rental minivan, drive straight to Sedona. Catch sunset somewhere beautiful (done setting by 515pm)- Mesa Airport or Crescent Moon Picnic Area, or somewhere with a view of the sun setting on Cathedral Rock over Oak Creek? Dinner at Elote. Possible stargazing at Lowell Observatory or through Evening Sky tours if weather is good. If not, what to do? Sleeping at Amara Resort.
Friday December 2- Breakfast in Sedona- find a good local spot. Walk around town... any special places to stop to look at local art/artisan products? Wanted to do a Pink Jeep tour, but health concerns (cold air / dust --> lung issues, bumpy ride --> back issues) might make this a bad idea, so do a self guided tour (sedona.net/webpage.php/swmc/webpagesandartic…)? Get lunch somewhere... good lunch spot? Leave Sedona by 2pm at the latest, and head to the Grand Canyon (which I think is about a 2h drive). Stop at the park entrance and buy a Golden Age pass for dad. Drive around a bit and catch sunset (on the East Rim drive?)... maybe find out where the sunset bus tour goes (Throat of the Canyon)- heard it goes towards the west rim in the direction of Hermit's Rest. Sun is done setting by about 515. See IMAX movie (34 min, starts at 530 or 630pm). Dinner at El Tovar - 730pm reservation. Check out the Grand Canyon's night sky before going to the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn to sleep.
Saturday December 3- Leave by 620am to catch sunrise at the Grand Canyon (done rising by 715am). Spend the day driving/walking around the Grand Canyon according to RedRox's plan (tripadvisor.ca/…28822061). Find a good spot to watch the sun set (done by 515pm), and start driving towards Scottsdale. Stop for dinner in Flagstaff or Sedona- maybe the Silver Saddle Club in Sedona. Sleep in Scottsdale.
Sunday December 4- Early breakfast in town.. where? Walk around Scottsdale, find some cowboy cacti. Flight is at noon from PHX.