So I’m headed on a trip in a few hours (leaving 9 or 10 pacific) without too much foreplanning. We’re driving out from Vegas, along 93 to Kingman, I-40 to Williams, getting a hotel room there, then up 64 to the south rim. Ideally arrive at the south rim sometime around 3pm local (lose an hour on the trip to time zones) to be able to see the sunset.
Any particular suggestions as for which lookout will have the best view for a sunset?
The plan from there is to go back to the hotel and get out earlier, leave maybe 5:30 or 6 from Williams to get back up to the Canyon pre-dawn to catch the sunrise. Is there a better spot for a sunrise?
Spend a few hours around there traveling the rim road seeing every all of the watch points. Reports are that the traffic/parking situation is dire, but I’m under the impression that February is an off-month. How big a concern would traffic be? They don’t even run al the shuttle lines until May. Is it practical to wander around the rim road in a car and look for places to park?
Then we want to head south to explore a bit, ending in Sedona. We may take 180 to flagstaff and down 89a to Sedona. I don’t really know where to go in Sedona, I was going to look at it tomorrow night at the hotel room, but the airport mesa overlook trail looks practical, and maybe driving around the red rock loop. I’m looking for other suggestions as to where to go in Sedona.
Anyway, I’m open to modifying the trip slightly - going to the canyon at a different time of day, altering our routes a bit, stopping by to see a worthwhile piece of nature along the way. Natural beauty, activity, landmarks, food, travel strategy. Any advice you can give would be helpful.