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    Hi Folks - We are planning our first trip to Arizona beginning April 12th for 8 days. We are flying into Phoenix that evening and staying overnight at a hotel close to the airport as we arrive close to 11 p.m. We have reservations for 1 night on the rim (Thunderbird) at the Grand Canyon. Now we are in a bit of a dilemma. Should we spend another 2-3 days at GC or would it be nicer to travel to Bryce and/or Zion to spend some time there? Many folks say they like Bryce and Zion better than GC but of course, we can't miss the GC. We also want to go to Monument Valley and not miss Sedona. Is this too much driving?

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    Default Arizona and Utah!

    Quote Originally Posted by joncal View Post
    We are planning our first trip to Arizona beginning April 12th for 8 days.
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum and, it sounds like, to the southwest!
    We have reservations for 1 night on the rim (Thunderbird) at the Grand Canyon
    .The views from the lodge are pretty great -- accomodations are a bit spartan, but that view is pretty great!
    Should we spend another 2-3 days at GC or would it be nicer to travel to Bryce and/or Zion to spend some time there?
    It is a little "apples and oranges" You could easily spend 2-3 weeks at the GC and not see more than 10% of what there is to see.
    Many folks say they like Bryce and Zion better than GC but of course, we can't miss the GC.
    Bryce, Zion and the Grand are all quite different.
    We also want to go to Monument Valley and not miss Sedona.
    I would recommend focusing your attention on the Grand, Monument Valley and the Sedona area. But here is a field report, where I drove through most of those parks in a couple of days.

    Happy Planning!

    Mark

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