Thanks to those who have taken time to write trip reports and who respond to questions on this forum. You have helped us get our vacation plans this far. We are now looking for places of interest that are less visited, hidden gems, or “off the wall” things that will not take us too far off our planned routes. I hope you can help us “tweak” our vacation plans.
Arr Las Vegas, Saturday, 5/26 (Memorial Day weekend), 8:30 a.m. After getting luggage, rental car, breakfast, and groceries somewhere, the goal is to be on the road by noon (really hoping earlier than this)
First destination - GCNR. Looking at a paper map, it appears that the route we need to take is: I15N to UT59S to AZ389E to US89Alt to AZ67S taking you through St George, Colorado City, Fredonia and on to Jacobs Lake. Since it takes over 4 hrs to get to GCNR, we are not planning on any sightseeing. Just stops for gas and maybe a cookie at Jacobs Lake. Hope they still have them by the time we get there. Any comments or recommendations for this route?
2. Monday, May 28. Depart GCNR for Page. On our way to Page, we plan on stopping at the overlooks and Vermillion Cliffs site, Navajo Bridge. Are there other places of interest that we could explore, keeping in mind that we would like to arrive at Horseshoe Bend by mid-afternoon?
3. In Page, any suggestions for things we could do? Both of us have already done Antelope Canyon tours and the Glen Canyon dam. Visiting the Powell museum is on the list. I imagine with it being Memorial Day, the town will be crazy with visitors.
4. Tuesday, May 29. Departing Page for Monument Valley. Would like stop at the Code Talkers memorial in Kayenta. Anything else that would be of interest for us to see on the way? We do not have to be at Monument Valley until late afternoon (we realize that Monument is on mountain time though). We have a sunset Navajo Spirit Tour reserved for that evening but we do want to visit Gouldings and the historic sites there. On our list - walking the Wildcat trail depending on temperature and time of day.
That is the Arizona portion of our trip. In two weeks we will be on our way!