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petereboro
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Hi we are planning a trip next spring time, for 2 weeks and there are specific points we would like to include.

Grand canyon, monument valley, l.a , l.v, san fransisco { alcratraz )) we will hire a car and stay in b&b's for the most part. not sure which order and route to plan though so any advice would be great, thanks.

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1. Re: roadtrip

Two weeks is not much time for all of that.

You might want to post in the road trip forum. Give GCNP 2 nights and MV 1 night at the View Hotel.

Uden, The...
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Mabe a one way trip Phoenix-Sedona-Monument Valley-Page-Bryce-Zion-Las Vegas-LA-Pacifyc coast to Monterey-Yosmite-San Francisco. Or in reverse. You don't need a car in SF so you can save some money. But as redRox has said. 14 days won''t give you much time for this trip.

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thanks, We would probably drop s.f if needed, i will have a look at the other suggestions and the route from tet14 and the timing advice from redrox. thankyou both. i am sure i will be back on soon.

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4. Re: roadtrip

Forgot to mention GC between Sedona and Monument Valley

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5. Re: roadtrip

Think you might want to break this down into 2 trips! Other wise you will be spending more time in the car than enjoying the places to go.

LA and SF are both large cities that can keep a first timer busy for 2 weeks all by themselves. I would save them for a different trip.

You didn't mention where your trip would be starting from.

If you are starting in LA:

LA - LV - Zion/Bryce - GC - Sedona - LV - LA

If you haven't bought your air ticket, you might think about starting your trip off in LV. This way you would have a bit more time to enjoy what you came to see.

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6. Re: roadtrip

No need to get back to LV from Sedona. You can drive Sedona to LA directly. (via Phx west app 8 hours).

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ok, so if we fly to lv , have a couple of nights there ( we are not really big city people or into casinos ) but obviously want to do a quick looksee. lv is a legend .

then onto g.c . 2 nigts ?? sedona 2 nights ?. would it then be logical to drive to m.v 1 night.that leaves us 7 nights . any suggestions from there. I am in all your hands. we like nature scenery easy hikes etc , not fussed about luxury accomadations.

thanks

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8. Re: roadtrip

You can make a great trip by doing

Day 1: Arrive Las Vegas

2. Las Vegas

3. Drive to Sedona

4,5: Sedona

6. To Grand Canyon NP

7. GCNP

8. GCNP-Monument Valley

9. Monument Valley-Page

10. Page

11. Page to Bryce

12. Bryce to Zion

13. Zion

14. Drive to Las Vegas via Valley of Fire SP and Lake Mead.

You also can do this in reverse of course. Make your reservations in Spring for GC and Monument Valley.

Tet

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9. Re: roadtrip

Agree w/Tet and the gang that dropping California and concentrating on the Southwest is a better idea. There's a lot to see here, you'll discover that very soon!

One thing I wanted to address was the issue of B&B type properties. They're harder to find in some areas than others, for example, at the Grand Canyon, the nearest place that bills itself as a B&B is the Dumplin' Patch in Valle AZ, about 25 miles from the park. info ->: http://bit.ly/16bnmFT Looks to be a nice enough place, but most will correctly assert that staying inside the park is always most preferable. Nothing beats being able to walk to the canyon rim for sunrise and/or sunset! Visit www.grandcanyonlodges.com or call 888-297-2757 (or 303-297-2757 if outside the US, factor time difference to Denver CO)

Same thing for Lake Powell, they're few and far between, most are not advertised. The only one that does seem to advertise is Dreamkatchers in Big Water UT. http://bit.ly/YP4JAi Here again, the property itself is amazing (I know the owners), but the big disadvantage is distance - it's about 20 minutes away from the Lake. A "regular" hotel or motel might suit you better there ->: http://bit.ly/WMMPi3

Monument Valley - You can actually stay in a hogan (traditional Navajo home) at the Fire Tree Inn http://www.firetreeinn.com/ That will involve sharing a bathroom with other guests, and their breakfast is just a continental.

Zion has quite a few ->: http://www.zionpark.com/BedandBreakfasts.html Not familiar with any of them.

Long story short: don't have your heart completely set on B&B's. The closer you can get to the various parks the better. Inside the parks is usually best or at least the shortest distance outside.

Even though your trip is for next spring, it's not too early to start booking your park lodging, especially Grand Canyon. All locations fill quickly.

Have a great time!

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10. Re: roadtrip

Funny you mentioned Fire Tree Inn K-Bot. Just had another poster who wanted to stay there. It seldomly pops up on the forums.

Another B&B but also in the middle of nowhere is Valley of the Gods B&B.

bedandbreakfast.com/utah-mexican-hat-valleyo…

There's also a B&B in Page http://www.canyoncolors.com/ Never stayed but it looked good from the outside in a quiet neighborhood.

Tet