I am flying into Albuquerque to experience the balloon festival on Oct 6th then going to Sandia Peak Tramway on the 8th before embarking on a road trip to other places I really want to see. Carlsbad Caverns, Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon and possibly Sedona if I still have time will be on the itinerary before flying home on the 15th out of Phoenix. I pretty much have the first part of the trip booked but would appreciate any suggestions of time needed, attraction tips, hotels or best driving routes based on the places I shared.
My main issue right now is the drive from Carlsbad Caverns to Antelope Canyon. Its almost an 11 hour drive and wondered if I should stop somewhere (where if so) to break it up or just drive straight through. Any suggestion that can make the long haul bearable?