Hello everyone let me first Thank You in advance for your help. The wife and I are planning our first trip out west and we have so many questions! About us: We live in central Florida. We mostly enjoy seeing the scenery not the crowds and have 2 weeks to squeeze in as much as we can see and don’t mind driving to get there. Current thoughts, although nothing is booked yet! Since I think driving would eat up too much time. Fly into Phoenix Friday June 29th rent a car (it was going to be an RV but with gas today that doesn’t seem feasible) head to Grand Canyon after that is where we need your help. I’ve heard Yosemite is another must see, so we kind of thought we would head that a way after the canyon? Other things we would love to see, redwood forest and or other forests, Oregon, Rockies and or other mountains, anything you feel is a must see. It doesn’t look like there’s a great loop back to Phoenix so will probably fly back from another location. I noticed Portland has reasonable flights back to Orlando, but again we’re open to suggestions.
1)Best way to see Grand Canyon, bus tour, train, drive it ourselves? I’ve heard it can be busy on the weekend but since we want to see it, not necessarily hike it, will the weekend be ok or should we wait until Monday?
2)Anything to see between Phoenix and the canyon?
3)What to see between the canyon and Yosemite? Good half way point to stay the night?
4)The big question, where to after Yosemite? Or would your recommendation be heading somewhere other than Yosemite?
5)All input welcome even “if your anywhere near the small town of_____ stop and have a burger at ____” or “there is a nice little motel in_____” As a matter of fact finding nice cheap motels would be a big help!