Thanks in advance to all the wonderful people in this forum.
We are from San Diego and planning to visit Flagstaff/Sedona, Grand Canyon during the 4th July long weekend and looking for some advice to help us plan our roadtrip. Please note that we have a 2 year old and we can start really early morning on Friday (07/01) and return late at night on Monday (07/04).
- What route should we take and what places along the route we should spend. I-8 may be faster but i guess there won't be much to see.
- Should we directly hit Flagstaff or should we plan to stay first night in Sedona and then the other 2 nights base ourselves in Flagstaff?
- Should we try to find bus day tours from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon or it would be better for us to drive early in the morning on Sunday and spend full day at Grand Canyon and return back late at night back to Flagstaff.
- Any experience with the general morning and evening weather in Sedona. We hope it is not too hot.
We would really appreciate comment if we would be pushing ourselves with the 2 year old to finish everything between Friday-Monday?
Essentially we had something on the following lines in mind:
Leave San Diego at around 6am on Friday. --> Visit places using advice from this forum before hitting Sedona around 7-8pm. --> Stay in Sedona and go around Sedona on Saturday. --> Reach Flagstaff on Saurday night. --> Visit Grand Canyon on Sunday and return back to Flagstaff on Sunday night. --> Go around Flagstaff during the day on Monday before starting back for San Diego around 12 noon or so to reach San Diego by 10pm.