We are planning a road trip during the next month from San Jose to Las Vegas. Since we are there anyways and have couple of extra days , I thought of combining Grand Canyon & Sedona too. I know it's probably late compared to those of you who are planning at least a year ahead, but we are able to take the time off just now and don't want to miss the opportunity before something comes up :-).
We'll have 10-12 days for this trip with 2 adults, one child ( 8 years ) and one senior.
San Jose to Vegas - about 8 hours drive and 2-3 days stay. Since I have been there before, I am comfortable planning this. My question is - Is Zion National Park too far from Las Vegas ? If I give a extra day in Vegas, will I be able to make it a day trip ?
Las Vegas to Grand Canyon - Based on Mapquest, it's about 278 miles or about 5-7 hours drive for us with stops in between. Do you guys have any recommendation for the place to stay ? North or south rim ? I am thinking of spending 2 nights here - Not planning much of hiking, but will probably watch sunset/Sunrise, do the skywalk and may the canyon landing tour.
Grand Canyon to Sedona - I am seeing it's about in the 2 hours driving distance. What are the major attractions/ activities here ? Is it worth making Sedona as a home base for 4-5 days and driving back & forth to Grand Canyon ? Or can I stay somewhere in between GC & Sedona ( I am looking at Flagstaff in the map).
And last, do I return by the same route to San Jose and halting for the night somewhere ? Or is there any scenic alternate ?
I would appreciate any tips from those who have been there & done this.