Another awesome trip - you gotta hit Sedona too & oak creek canyon!
I just looked up Oak Creek Canyon and that’d be on the way. I’ll have to check it out if I do that! I just can’t get over the…
Flying in and out of Vegas is a great idea because it’s usually cheaper and you get to see Vegas. There is so much to see and do in Arizona and Utah. From Vegas it takes most of a day to get to Sedona but on the way you get to see the Hoover Dam, a bunch of ghost towns, the desert, and route 66. Sedona is amazing - and you can go from 110 degree pure desert to 80-90 degrees in Sedona to 75 degree Flagstaff all in a short drive. Flagstaff is full of evergreens and snow capped mountains. The drive to Sedona is one of the country’s great scenic drives - through narrow switchbacks down Oak Creek Canyon. Sedona is red rock country. There are lots of hikes and jeep tours. A lot of cowboy movies were made there. The town is all built right in the middle of the red rock canyons - which is surreal. It’s a not miss place. You can spend a week there exploring. The Grand Canyon is great, but after a day or two you will be ready to see something else. There is also a lot of other things to see in the Northern Arizona area. The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest is worth seeing. In Navajo lands there is a place close to Monument Valley called Canyon de Chelly. Look it up. You can’t miss it if you are going to Monument Valley.
It’s hard to do all this stuff in one trip but we have gone from Vegas to Sedona to Grand Canyon to Bryce/Zion and then back to Vegas in a large circle - in around 10 days. One trip we just hung out in Arizona and in addition to Sedona - went to all the Navajo stuff - painted desert, petrified forest, canyon de chelly and monument valley. Arizona is definitely a place you need to go back to a number of times.
If you do go to Sedona, check out the town of Jerome. It’s an old mine town taken over by bikers and artists. It’s full of cool buildings and steep streets - cool art and good food.
Then there is southern Arizona - Tuscan, Tombstone, Bisbee…