Hi. I've only recently discovered this forum while researching a spring trip and this is my first post so I'm really looking forward to your advice. We're an English couple who fell in love with the USA many years ago and we have been lucky enough to visit many times since.
In April this year we will be in the SW USA for about our 20th vacation in the USA. Our trip is in 3 parts:
- a 3 day drive across Arizona into New Mexico
- about a 7-10 days in New Mexico
- another 7-10 days to get from New Mexico back to Las Vegas - probably via Utah visiting Canyonlands, Bryce, Zion and maybe Grand Canyon North Rim (although I suspect GCNR won't be open.)
My query here is on the first part of the trip across Arizona and I'm looking for advice on interesting places to stay. We land at Las Vegas about 8pm on a Saturday evening and pick up our rental car. We then have until noon on Tuesday to get to Albuquerque, NM. These dates are fixed and so we really do only have 3 days to make this part of the trip.
The first night we'll stay somewhere reasonably close to the airport - maybe Boulder City - as we'll be pretty tired after the long journey from the UK. Then on to Kingman, AZ where we'll pick up the old Route 66. We'll stay on Route 66 as much as we can but I know we'll have to use I40 for some of it. We have 2 more nights. I've found these 2 places that look interesting to spend a night but they're too close together to use both of them:
- La Posada, Winslow, AZ
- Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ
For the last night maybe El Rancho in Gallup, NM before the quick drive to Albuquerque.
In such a short time I know we cannot find the time to visit Sedona or Grand Canyon South Rim - we've there before and both are magical places but sadly we cannot fit them in this time. But what do you think of the places we're considering for our 3 overnights? Have we chosen well or are they awful? Is there something else you'd suggest? Looking forward to getting your comments.