Hi all! I am in the beginning stages of planning our summer 2013 family trip. We are 2 adults and 2 school aged kids.
This is the plan so far, with some reservations already made & unchangeable:
Day 1 - fly PHL - DEN (overnight Denver) - flight already booked
Day 2 & 3 - Rocky Mountain Natl Park (overnight Estes Park?)
Day 4 - back to Denver (overnight)
Day 5/6 - take Amtrak California Zephyr from Denver - San Francisco (already booked)
Days 7-10 - overnights in San Francisco
Day 11 - pick up car OR RV (depending on pricing and lodging options/locations) - Yosemite overnight?
Day 12 - Yosemite overnight?
Day 13 - ?
Day 14 - ?
Day 15 - ?
Day 16 - Las Vegas overnight (because of the kids, we aren't really all that interested in Vegas, but it seems to be a place we have to pass through on this route)
Day 17 & 18 - Grand Canyon overnight
Days 19, 20, 21 - Scottsdale luxury resort (after all of that driving - some relaxing time!)
Day 22 - Overnight near PHX airport
Day 23 - fly home (PHX-PHL - already have this booked)
I need help in planning the stops from San Francisco to Phoenix. The only real 'must do' for us is the Grand Canyon. Would like Yosemite as well & it looks like Death Valley & Vegas are along the route?
I'd love suggestions for where to overnight & what to see along the way. We might be able to rent an RV, depending on cost.