Well, thanks to a 3-hour presentation about how you really should invest in a timeshare (yes, I kindly declined), I was given the reward of a week-long stay at any of the 60 timeshare resorts dotted throughout the US.
My family and I decided that, even though Sedona, AZ, was not our most favorite destination from the last road trip, we could use it as a "base camp" to visit some more scenic areas in Arizona, since it's more or less smack dab in the middle of the state.
So we're thinking about an 8-day stay for the latter half of April 2009. From the last 4 road trips, we've seen most of the highlights, including all of the National Parks. However the mom can't seem to be torn away by this "Arizona Highways" magazine and is insisting on seeing all these gorgeous places, although a great deal of them are quite "off-road" and out of reach for them.
So once again, here I am plotting out some stops for us. For the first day or two, we'll probably head over to the southeast portion of the state (since we skipped this last time) and at least check out the town of Tombstone and the nearby area of Chiricahua National Monument. (AZBuck I kept your notes previously about Bisbee and Douglas. Anything else in this area or does that pretty much cover it?)
After that we'll head up to Sedona and begin our free 7-day stay and trek out to different areas. Here are some of the things on my itinerary so far:
Phoenix (Can you believe it? I have yet to actually drive through this city. We'll go through here on our way from Tombstone to Sedona. Anything cool to do here around lunchtime? Any tall skyscrapers I can scale? Oh, mustn't forget the state capitol!)
Clarkdale (Supposed to be some kind of train ride through the mountains here. Doable, yes?)
Sunset Crater Volcano NM
Walnut Canyon NM
Snowbowl (Is there anything up there besides ski resorts? Doesn't look like the Skyride will be open for the season quite yet.)
Is there anything else in the Sedona area that can be daytripped? We're willing to travel 100 miles out. As I said we've seen all National Parks, a good portion of the National Monuments (i.e. Montezuma), save for the ones I listed above, and Flagstaff.
This will be my first road trip with my new Canon 50D digital SLR. After a few more lens purchases (I need telephoto and wide-angle), I will be very excited to take this trip, from a photographer perspective.
All suggestions welcome.