Two of us are planning to drive from Houston to the Grand Canyon, and then to Phoenix in the end of December.
One our way, ideally, we would like to stop for nights at Santa Fe and Flagstaff or Tusayan.
It should be a rather tough trip considering the road condition then, especially for Japanese people like us, born in a little crowded island of Japan and not used to drive at high-speed.
I have driven several times in TX and LA, but not on snow or ice obviously.
Reading some previous comments regarding the area, it seems that driving the area is possible if we plan extra few hours into schedule in case a snowplow has to clear roads.
Provide this is true, do people drive at normal speed or keep slowly on the cleared roads ?
Our whole plan is as follows:
Day 1 and 2 Houston - Santa Fe
Day 3 Santa Fe - Window Rock or Gallup
Day 4 Flagstaff or Tusayan
Day 5 Phoenix
Day 6 El Paso
Day 7 Back to Houston
The schedule slows down between Day 3 and 5 in terms of driving distance as we might get hung up due to a snow storm.
We could allow 1 more day, but not any more as that means I will miss my flight back to Japan.
There are quite a few comment on GC where the roads there are apparently well looked after to welcome tourists.
I worried about the other places, i.e. between Santa Fe and Tusayan, GC and Phoenix.
Do you think our plan is realistic??
I would appreciate your comment and advice.