Any suggestions will be much appreciated!
Fri., Nov.24...arrive PHX 2:45...drive to Flagstaff ( base for 3 nites)...
stopping to see Montezuma Mon en route
Sat.,Nov.25 Early departure to Meteor Crater and Walnut Canyon
Back to Flagstaff to visit the Pioneer Museum
Sun,Nov 26 Early departure to Wupatki Nat'l Mon. and Sunset Crater
Mon,Nov.27 Early departure to Sedona thru Oak Creek Canyon
Jeep tour & poke around Sedona until 5 when the Red
Rock Fantasy lights up
Tues,Nov 28 Early departure to GC ..overnite at Kachina Lodge
Wed,Nov 29 Early departure on AZ 64 stopping at Desert View
continue on US 89 N stopping at
Cameron Trading Post, then on to Monument
Valley ...overnite at Goulding's Lodge with a view of
Thurs,Nov 30 Early dept. US 163, US 160, and US 191 to I40 to
Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, stopping briefly
at Hubbell Trading Post...overnite Holbrook
Fri,Dec 1 Early dept. for a scenic drive on AZ 377, AZ 277, AZ260
AZ87 into Scottsdale...check into hotel and
explore Old Town
Sat, Dec 2 Noon flight home
My concerns are for the scenic routes.Don't know how mountainous
they are or if any of these roads are closed or unsafe if it snows. We are early risers, especially when we travel West, so the early am departures aren't really early for us. I have so enjoyed the posts. They have helped me narrow down and plan so much easier . I realize that we need to have more time in the Phoenix area, but flying into PHX wil definitely happen again. I tried to book ahead for a Sept. trip to GC and was amazed to find lodges already booked solid. Since I definitely want to stay on the south rim with at least a partial view, I didn't have too many choices. I do realize that weather can be iffy at this time of year. All I can do is pray that my "weather angel"is with us once again. Just returned from Germany where there was 60-80% chance for rain the entire time! We only saw a few drops the day we arrived, then it was beautiful until we left for the airport to fly home. She was with us for a 23 day adventure to Australia & New Zealand, and again in London & Scotland.I think she was on vacation when we went to Vancouver...rained for 4 solid days!!
Thanks SO very much for the input !