Hi there. My wife and I are from Australia and had planned a trip to the USA in late Feb / early March. Our plan was to fly into San Francisco, spend a few days touring Sonoma / Napa. Then we planned to fly to Phoenix AZ, rent a car, drive to Sedona and stay the night, then drive to Tusayan (Grand Canyon), stay the night, then the next day drive back to Phoenix, and fly to New York (where we're spending a week with friends).
However, a family issue came up and we are forced to move our trip to May. Well, for starters, the weather will probably be a lot nicer :) However, the flight schedules for Phoenix to New York are different, which is forcing us to change around our plans.
One option we are considering is ditching Sonoma altogether, and renting a car in San Francisco instead, and then driving to the Grand Canyon (not sure how) and stay the night (in Tusayan?), then driving to Sedona (stay the night), then driving to Phoenix, and flying to New York (i.e. doing it in the reverse order).
Has anyone done this road trip (SF to Grand Canyon)? Any ideas, suggestions or tips?
Things we are trying to figure out (besides do we even want to do this) are, do we go through Nevada or through Arizona? And since it's quite a long drive, we'd probably have a night stayover, where would that be?
Any tips appreciated! :)