Yes, after I did those posts about my Next #1 and Next #2 itineraries, I started thinking about a different Next.
The Galapagos Islands.
Wait, what am I talking about? What do the Galapagos Islands have to do with a southwest road trip?
Well, I'm seriously thinking about Galapagos, but maybe next year. Or maybe by next year I'll be ready to go back to Europe. 2016 is a milestone year for me, so I'll definitely plan something spectacular. But I couldn't let 2015 go by without traveling somewhere I've never been, and one of the places I've never been that's on pretty much every list of must-see places is the Grand Canyon.
So today I booked a sixteen-day road trip for this coming May.
My itinerary is still in the planning stages. I'm locking in a few dates (because it's already much too late to book in any of the lodges within Grand Canyon National Park), but for at least some parts of the trip I want to play it by ear and decide where to stay when I get there.
Here's what I'm thinking so far:
|Day 1||Fly to Las Vegas, pick up rental car, head to Tusayan via Hoover Dam
Two nights at Red Feather Lodge
|Day 2||Grand Canyon South Rim|
|Day 3||Drive to Flagstaff|
|Day 4||Flagstaff and Sedona|
|Day 5||Drive to Santa Fe|
Two nights at Guadalupe Inn
|Day 6||Santa Fe|
|Days 7 - 11||northern New Mexico, southwest Colorado, eastern Utah, northern Arizona|
|Day 12||Drive to Kaibab Lodge (two nights)|
|Day 13||Grand Canyon North Rim|
|Day 14||Drive to Zion National Park (overnight in Zion Lodge)|
|Day 15||Zion, then drive to St. George, Utah|
|Day 16||Drive back to Las Vegas, fly home|
|Here's a rough idea of the route.|
I'll post more before I go with some details about what I hope to see and do in all these places.