I’m currently planning a family vacation to the southwestern states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. And I need some ideas of what to do. We’ll be going over my son’s spring break, the last full week of March. We haven’t bought anything yet, but ideally we would be there the evening of Friday, 3/21 until Sunday, 3/30.
The main reason for this is to fulfill my desire to road trip through the desert. I figure a week of driving around out there should be enough to last me the rest of my life. We’re going to avoid the interstate as much as possible.
My concern is that my wife has bad knees and can’t walk very long or do much hiking. And my 13 year old son just flat out hates hiking. From what I can find, that limits a lot of non-driving activities out there.
The basic plan is to bookend our trip in Phoenix. We have family there and will be staying with them whenever we are in town.
The plan is to drive a big loop and hit the Grand Canyon (5 hour drive from Phoenix), Bryce Canyon (8 hour drive from Grand Canyon due to side trips on scenic byways), Durango Colorado (another 8 hour drive from Bryce), Albuquerque (4 hours from Durango), then back to Phoenix (yet another 8 hour drive).
The puzzle here is fitting some non-road time with the long drive times. All the while remembering that we’re on vacation and my wife and son will want to sleep in most mornings.
I have to decide if I start the road trip on Sunday evening or Monday morning. For instance, if I drive to the Grand Canyon Sunday evening, can we expect to look at the canyon in the morning and drive up to Bryce before nightfall? Stuff like that.
I really would like to get out in the middle of Utah at night and look at the sky. I also want to stop at the petrified forest on or way back to Phoenix. Other than that, things are pretty much up in the air.
What are your suggestions/thoughts?