We'll be making this drive in early April and have never been in this part of the world before, so have no idea which route would be the best. We like the idea of making it a circle tour, stopping off at the Grand Canyon on the way there, and taking a different route back. We have about a week for the driving part, staying in SF with family for another week.
--Should we stick to main highways, or are the smaller roads better for scenery and ambience?
--Which places are worth a detour?
--Jerome, Sedona and Chandler have been suggested to us. Any thoughts on these or other stops?
--Anyplace you think we should avoid?
--Any charming but budget-friendly accommodations to suggest?
Thanks for any help you can give....