Hello everyone. This is my first day on this site and I'm enjoying all of the useful information.
I have a few questions about a trip I am planning on taking in September with my fiance. As the plan stands right now, I am going to start driving from Cincinnati and go all the way to Amarillo, Texas in a single day. Now, to some of you seasoned travelers this may sound like a crazy long drive (17 hours), but due to relatives and business relations in Amarillo I have made this drive in single-day trips numerous times. In the end my destination is Northern Arizona and I want to get there as soon as possible.
I am stopping off in Amarillo at a relative's place, so by driving that far in one day I will at least not have to pay to stay somewhere in between.
Now here's the real question. I plan to leave the next day from Amarillo and drive straight to Flagstaff, Arizona. I will then stay all night in Flagstaff and head to the Grand Canyon the next day. After a few days at the canyon I will then drive to Sedona, Arizona for a few days for the romantic part of the trip. After that I will return to Amarillo to stay there for an extra week with family.
What I would like to know is if anyone has any suggestions for the way back to Amarillo from Sedona. Even though I have been to West Texas countless times, for some odd reason I never took the trip over to New Mexico or Arizona to do sight seeing. I always went south from there. Anyway, because we plan to stay an extra week in Amarillo after our trip, we have plenty of time to not just drive straight back from Arizona. We could possibly stay another night in New Mexico somewhere to give us more time to explore places right off of I-40.
Also, if any of you have been to Flagstaff/Sedona before and know of some sites or places to stay that we can't miss, please let me know.
I look forward to your responses.