Hi, after 2 or 3 yrs of wanting to, it seems we are finally going to be able to make a trip to the grand canyon. We want to do it before school lets out for the summer to avoid the heavier crowds, not to mention the heat.
We are torn between flying and driving. We have points on a card so can either fly (5 people) or rent a van and drive. I am currently finding round trip tickets from Atlanta to Phoenix for approx $250 ea. But Im considering that we will probably spend an entire day getting to the airport(2-3hrs), waiting(2hrs), flying(4hrs), getting out of an airport, renting a car(1-2hrs) and repeat on the day home. So even though my husband says its only 4 hrs to fly there versus 24 hrs to drive there, realistically we will probably spend 20-24 hrs of the trip using a plane to get there? I know thats still half of the 50 hrs we would spend driving to get there and back. But we have the option of adding 2 extra days to our trip(9 instead of 7)...
1. For those that have traveled long trips, both by flying and driving, can you tell me your overall preference and why?
2. If we drive, is it realistic to drive 5-6 hrs each day and still try to use each day to see something? or is that exhausting? such as... 1st day: drive to memphis( see graceland) 2nd day: drive to oklahoma city area(is there anything to see there?) 3rd day: stop in Amarillo (route 66 historic district? cadillac ranch?), then on to tucumcari before stopping, 4th day: drive to albuquerque area(do i wanna explore santa fe?), then on to Gallup before stopping, 5th day: stop by the petrified forest and drive around flagstaff/sedona, 6th day: grand canyon, 7th day: head home......I can do 8 hrs of driving ea day and arrive home the evening of 9th day
3. Flying. Day 1: get to atlanta, fly to phoenix, get a room. Day 2: drive to sedona/ flagstaff area and explore, day 3 :drive to grand canyon area and explore, day 4: glen canyon dam (or would u go the other way to hoover dam), day 5: drive back to phoenix, day 6:explore phoenix and pack, day 7: fly home. (anything you would suggest changing about this plan? something to see, not see?)
4. If it were you, how would you plan it?