Hi, I'm doing last minute planning for a trip we are taking next week. My hubby will be in Phoenix for work. Me and my 2 teenagers will be joining him in Phoenix for a 12 day trip. I'd appreciate any help and advice you can provide.
So we definitely want to see the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, San Diego and maybe Los Angeles.
We are arriving in Phoenix on evening of June 23 and we will be renting a car. We will be flying home out of Vegas on July 6. I didn't realize that renting a car would be so expensive since we are not dropping off and picking up at the same location.
Since we are planning this last minute I thought I'd better start getting hotel reservations.
So this is the plan so far. I really don't have all the details worked out. I can be flexible as long as I can change hotel arrangements.
June 23 Thurs - arrive at Phoenix and meet my hubby
June 24 Friday - AM pick up the car and drive to Grand Canyon. Now I'm thinking I should have planned to stay at least 1 day in the Phoenix or Sedona area before going right to the Grand Canyon.
June 24 - June 27 - staying 3 nights at Grand Canyon South Rim. I haven't planned what we'll do for this time. Should we take any tours or do we have enough time to see it on our own.
June 27 - AM - drive to San Diego. We're driving to San Diego Monday morning but I don't have hotel reservations until Tuesday evening for 4 nights. So we have 1 night to be flexible. We could stop somewhere between Grand Canyon and San Diego for sightseeing or we could go to Los Angeles first. My kids really want to see Hollywood.
June 28 - July 1 - We're staying at a hotel near Coronado Bay in San Diego for 4 nights. So we'll be there Tuesday to Friday. I still don't know what we should see in San Diego. I've heard the zoo is wonderful. So I need to do some more planning here.
July 2 - We leave San Diego to head to Las Vega. I was going to make hotel reservations starting Saturday July 3 for 3 nights and then we'd fly out on Wed to come home. So this leaves us 1 day to be flexible. We can leave San Diego on Saturday morning and we could stop somewhere in between Vegas And San Diego. I'm not sure where.
July 3 - July 5 - 3 nights in vegas. I know we want to see Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon. I know we want to go see a couple of shows. I was thinking of Love (the Circque show) and the knight show with dinner. I'm not sure which hotel to stay in. I think with teenagers it would be nice to have a decent pool. I am trying to stay within a budget.
July 6 - fly home.
What do you think? Am I missing too much in heading from 1 destination right to another. We are flexible. I want to make this a memorable trip for the family. Thank you so much for your help.