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Arizona summer family trip

Fresno
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Arizona summer family trip

Our family of 4 (2adults, 2 kids 15 y/o girl & 7 boy) are planning a visit to Arizona from 6/5 to 6/17. We want to concentrate in the Scottsdale, Tucson & Sedona area. Already have reservations at Hyatt Scottsdale for June 6-9. The rest of the time is flexible between Tucson & Sedona or add extra day in Phoenix area. Any input on Tucson Hotel? Leaning towards Loews Ventana Canyon or Westin La Paloma. I don't know where to stay in Sedona. This is our first time visiting. What are the must see attractions (excluding Grand Canyon)? What golf courses would you recommend in each area? Husband can play golf while I take the kids to museums. Which one is better Lowell observatory or Mt. Lemmon? Also want to visit either Goldfield, Rawhide or Tombstone. Where to do jeep tour, Sedona or Tucson area? Horseback riding? Is Talesin West interesting for the kids? What is the best place to see petroglyphs? Is Bearizona worth visiting? Son also wants to go to Bisbee for mine tour. I'm nervous that I might get claustrophobic. Lastly, any recommendations for restaurants? I love planning and researching for our family trips. I appreciate any help you can give me in finalizing our itinerary.Thanks!

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31. Re: Arizona summer family trip

Train's out then. If we drive to GCNP, where's the best place to park? Is it better to take an escorted tour or just take the free shuttle and short hike? Skywalk seems steep, is it worth the price?

If we just stick to original plan to go to Sunset Crater, Wupatki and Walnut Canyon, how far and how strenuous are the hikes? Not sure if son and husband can do too much.

Is Biosphere 2 worth a visit while in Tucson? Thanks!

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32. Re: Arizona summer family trip

http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

Use the park website to plan a visit at the GCNP. It's not about the best place to park your car. It's about how to spend your time and how much time you'll give it.

Walnut Canyon NM requires a steep climb down a couple of hundred steps, then a walk around the ruins before the mandatory walk back up the steps. Wupatki/Sunset Crater offers a number of places to walk or stroll to access the ancient ruins (Wupatki) and the geological sites (Sunset Crater)

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33. Re: Arizona summer family trip

Sunset Crater/Wupatki is not strenuous at all. At Walnut you can see down to the ruins from the paved road, but actually taking the short hike around the 'island', where most of the ruins are, needs descending a giod many steps, as RR pointed out. Maybe stick to Sunset/Wupatki.

The Skywalk is NOT in the GCNP. Stay away from that. It's a rip-off. You're forced to park far off it - for a stiff fee of course - then you're forced to take the shuttle - for another stiff fee - and then you pay dearly to look down into a side canyon of the real thing, and you're not allowed to take pictures. Stick to the GCNP - the national park is where the canyon is widest and most spectacular - they put the national park in the right place after all ...

At the GCNP park at the visitor center or the market plaza and take the shuttle - no tour necessary. When you enter the park you get the seasonal park newspaper with all the info you need - moreover, rangers walk around, ready to answer all and any questions you might have. Use your car for the viewpoints along desert view rim drive, eastern section.

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Forgot to add, the (rip off) sky walk is about 150 miles away from the GCNP. Skip it for sure.

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35. Re: Arizona summer family trip

I'd skip the Biosphere personally; there are so many better things to do in Tucson.

Edited: 3:15 am, August 18, 2013
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36. Re: Arizona summer family trip

Unless it's on your way to somewhere else (for instance, if you're driving from Tucson to Globe) or you're really very interested in it, I would also suggest skipping Biosphere 2. It's just so far away from town and not all that interesting.

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