I would really appreciate some advice and recommendations for our roadtrip in December this year. The Grand Canyon forum seems the most logical place to ask for help, please let me know if there is a more appropriate forum for this question as a first time user. Also apologies in advance as I can see many similar queries on here. Any help or local knowledge would be wonderful.
We are a British family of five living in Queensland for the past seven years,with three older kids travelling with us (17,18,21) We love travelling but haven't road tripped in the USA before. Our main interests would be seeing the sights, getting away from the touristy parts and having a genuine experience of this beautiful area. I have been quite naive in my planning, I realise how extremely cold the desert gets in places (having camped at Uluru mid Winter!!) but I haven't taken into account that altitude on parts of our route will have an impact on snow, ice and hazardous driving.
Anyway, if anyone has time to check this out it would be SO helpful. I think I have taken into consideration hours of daylight, so not driving on unfamiliar, isolated roads at night and hopefully the intinerary is realistic in timescale to allow us to take time to see the highlights of each place yet allow us to cover a large area.We will hire a Ford Escape or similar ( these are 4wd in Australia?)
and ensure there is a kit onboard for the event of unexpected winter weather, will also check weather forecasts every day before heading off. I have tried to allow reasonable amounts of driving on most days. we will be out early and at our destination each day before dark if all goes to plan!!
12/12/13 Drive to Las Vegas via Twentynine Palms, Hoover Dam, three nights in Vegas to explore and take a flight out over the GCNP.
16/12/13 drive to Tusayan, stay overnight to see sunset and sunrise over the GC.
17/12/13 drive to Page and stay overnight, explore area.
18/12/13 drive to Monument Valley, arriving in time to take Spirit tour. Stay overnight in View Hotel to see sunset and sunrise.
19/12/13 drive to Moab, overnight here, ( wanted to access Arches National Park to see amphitheatre and Delicate Arch)
20/12/13 Moab to Cortez or Durango (overnight stay)
21/12/13 drive to Taos, overnight here
22/12/13 drive to Santa Fe two nights here before flying onwards to New Orleans to commence road trip up to Nashville.
In short, will this trip be reasonable in the timescale/ potential conditions or is it far too much loaded into too short a timescale? Apologies for deviating into Utah and New Mexico on this forum!!!
Thank you for any help.