OK, here's the mission ... a dear friend is getting married in Flag next Saturday. My husband and I -- who have never been to Arizona or the Grand Canyon -- are flying in for the wedding and would love to see the Canyon while we're there.
We arrive in Phoenix at 7 p.m. Friday night, have a rental car and plan to drive up to Flagstaff. The wedding is Saturday at 4:30 p.m., so we're thinking of getting up REALLY early that morning and driving up to the Canyon (sunrise??) Would spend as much time as we could, getting back to Flag by 2:30 or so, so we'd have time to shower and dress and get to the church in time for a good seat. Picnic up there would be good if we could pick up sandwiches somewhere. Is this crazy given summer crowds? Or do-able, even if slightly crazy?
Next day, Sunday, is free until our flight back, leaving Phoenix at 4 p.m. Wondering if we should see Sedona that morning -- any particular places there? Also wondering if we should stay somewhere besides Flag on Saturday night?
Any ideas of how to make this all work? We'd love to see the Canyon, dramatic scenery, red rocks, stars at night ... soak up as much as possible until we can get back there again. Don't know if we should take the shuttle bus. Don't know the best place to park if we do. Don't know where/when to eat -- my husband can not go without breakfast and lunch. Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated!