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car trip route

Planning trip to Arizonia mid march. would like suggestions for 1 week driving tour from Phoenix . We like destination with something to see, shopping, restaurants, theatre. Any ideas welcome.

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If you want something to see you've coming to the right part of the world.

Day 1: Head north on I-17. Leave at exit 287, AZ260, to visit the ancient cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle Nat Mon. Rejoin I-17 then leave on AZ179, exit298, to Sedona (www.visitsedona.com) for a couple of nights. Plenty of restaurants and shopping here.

Day 2: South on AZ89A to Cottonwood then the chance to get up close and personal with the ancient dwellings at Tuzigoot Nat Mon. Continue on to the old mining town of Jerome, perched on the side of the mountain. More shopping and the chance to have a bite to eat at the oldest restaurant in Arizona, the English Kitchen. Return to Sedona for an afternoon Pink Jeep tour (www.pinkjeeptours.com) of the beautiful Red Rocks.

Day 3: North on scenic AZ89A through the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff (www.flagstaffarizona.org). Visit downtown for more shopping and something to eat before continuing on US89 to Cameron. Take the loop road through Sunset Crater Volcano Nat Mon and Wupatki Nat Mon on the way. Spend a couple of nights at the Cameron Trading Post and Lodge (www.camerontradingpost.com). Great trading post and excellent restaurant.

Day 4: Scenic AZ64 will bring you to Grand Canyon Nat Park. Stop at the Little Colorado River Gorge, you should be able to buy Indian jewelry here, on the way and climb the Watchtower at Desert View for that initial Grand Canyon "WOW". Enjoy the many overlooks and viewpoints at the Grand Canyon and if the budget will allow take a flight over the canyon (www.grandcanyonairlines.com), AWESOME! Then return to Cameron.

Day 5: Return to Flagstaff then Co Rd 3 and AZ87 will give you a more restful and scenic route back to Phoenix (www.visitphoenix.com) for a couple of days R and R. The chance for some culture and yet more shopping.

www.nps.gov will give you loads of information on all National Parks and Monuments.

This is just one of many options available from Phoenix, but hopefully it will have given you some ideas.