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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2017
Arizona/Utha in Fall  (1 Answer)

Hi :)

I need some advice for travel. I want to go to Las Vegas this fall and then drive by car to Grand Canyon and etc.
My plan looks like this:

First Day - Pick up the Car, drive to Hoover Dam and then to Tusayan

Second Day - Visit Grand Canyon. We are not really "hiking people", so everything that takes more thatn 2hrs round trip is probably to much.But as i seen on then internet, most places are pretty accesible by car or shuttle.

Third Day - Drive to Page, visit the Slot Canyons arount 11 AM (tours start then). and visit Horseshoe Bend in the afternoon

Fourth Day - Drive from Page to Bryce Canyon (about 3hrs). Anything nice to see on the way there?

Fifth Day - Visit Bryce Canyon

Sixt Day - Drive to Springdale for Zion NP (about 2hrs). Anything nice to see on the way there?

Seventh Day - Zion NP (visit The Narrows)
Eight Day - Zion NP - What should we do too?
Ninnth Day - Spend morning in Zion then drive back to Vegas, Anything nice to see on the way there?

What do you think, is it a good plan? Should we spend less/more at a specific place? We have read that roads in this area are usually straight and not crowded, so driving shouln't be a hussle.

Any help is appreciated



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 25, 2016
A days road trip - Tucson to Phoenix?  (7 Answers)

I have one day to spend heading back to Phoenix for my flight the following day. Rather than head straight up interstate I had thought about a detour to take in the Salt River area - would really like to get a view of the wild horses there if the chance arose. Could do with final night accommodation within an hour of PHX. Any suggestions for route and places to stay would be welcome. Please bear in mind that I am travelling solo so need to be a little aware of safety. Thanks everyone.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 02, 2016
7 Day Photography Road trip from Vegas to Denver during Christmas  (5 Answers)

Dear Friends,

Needed some suggestions on a 7 day “Photography” road trip from Vegas to Denver during the Christmas/New Year week. 2 of us will be reaching Las Vegas on Sat evening (24th)around 7 PM and have a return flight from Denver on Sun morning (1st) 1 AM.

Keeping in mind that it will be winter time, I have listed down some key places which I would like to visit, all open to change though (in the order from Vegas to Denver). My primary interest is Photography (Nature, Wildlife, Sunrise/Sunsets, Star trails, Milky Way etc). Please let me know the most scenic and feasible routes to cover during my trip and which are the must have places that I should visit.

• Sequoia
• Mojave National Preserve
• Joshua Tree NP
• Red Rock, AZ
• Saguaro NP
• Tucson, AZ
• Tombstone, AZ
• VLA, NM
• Petrified Forest, AZ
• Canyon De Chelly, AZ
• Tent Rocks, NM
• Santa Fe, NM
• Taos, NM
• Colorado Springs
• Denver

Thanks,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2016
5 Day Photography Road Trip from Vegas to Denver  (4 Answers)

Dear Friends,
Needed some suggestions on a "quick" 5 day “Photography” road trip from Vegas to Denver during the Nov Thanksgiving weekend. 3 of us will be reaching Las Vegas on Tue night around 11 PM and have a return flight from Denver on Sun evening at around 8 PM.

I have listed down some key places which I would like to visit, all open to change though (in the order from Vegas to Denver)

MAP:
• Death Valley
• Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park
• Paria Canyon
• Horseshoe Bend
• Monument Valley
• Shiprock, NM
• Arches National Park
• Aspen (Maroon Bells)

My primary interest is Photography (Nature, Wildlife, Sunrise/Sunsets, Star trails, Milky Way etc). Please let me know the most scenic routes to take from Vegas to Denver and what places/parks can I cover for Day and Night Photography.

Note: I have been to Zion, Bryce, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon earlier, so not too keen to see them again, but wouldn’t mind including them if it takes me through a really awesome scenic byway or dark night skies. Also, I don’t mind hectic driving schedules if that helps me get good shots. I do understand looking at my plan that it involves almost 250 miles of driving every day.

Thanks,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2016
Where Best?  (17 Answers)

Hi
We're maybe going to be visiting Arizona next May, and I'm trying to decide where best to visit. We'll be doing the Grand Canyon (of course!) but have some time after that before driving on to Palm Springs. Any advice? We were originally planning on staying in Phoenix but after doing some research it seems that it might not be worth more than a daytrip... any suggestions?
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2016
Monument Valley  (7 Answers)

Hi my wife and I booked a cruise from Australia to arrive in Los Angles 10th May 2017 Would this be a good time hire a motorhome and tour the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2015
December end trip in Arizona  (15 Answers)

I'm planning a road trip from Denver to Las Vegas in December vacation (24 Dec to 2nd Jan). I would like to know about the feasibility of the trip.

The road trip will include Arches National Park, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe bend and Grand canyon West rim ending at Las Vegas.

Denver --> Arches ---> Monument Valley --> Antelope ---> Las Vegas
25-26th ---> 27th ---> 28th ----> 29th ------> 30th

I'm mostly worried about snow and slippery roads. I have never driven on snow.
But from other articles and forums i came to know that the snow is cleared very soon.

Questions:
1. Do we need snow chains and shovel and other snow equipment ?
2. Will all the national parks and attractions open and worth watching during that time of the year?
3. What are the chances of getting stuck in snow storms ( how frequent is it generally .. just an idea) ?
4. Anyone who has personal experience of this route during winters and would like to share something important is welcome.
5. Is it feasible and should we go ahead with the plan ??

Thanks in Advanced
Subhro


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2015
Navajo and Hopi in the winter  (6 Answers)

We will be traveling by rental car in January 2016 to Monument Valley, the Hopi Mesa and Canyon de Chelly and then up to Moab in Utah and along the highway to Boulder Co.. We land in Las Vegas and drive to Sedona and from there to Grand Canyon and then into the Navajo and Hopi lands.All on official roads (not dirt roads). Can we expect heavy snow fall and blocked roads? We live in Germany and will travel with ski jackets, face masks against winter winds and hiking boots. Our only worry is snow and blocked roads. The Navajo lands are desert, so not snow, but what about ice?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2015
Avg price for cheaper hotels - Arizona/Utah April/May  (7 Answers)

We are travelling LAX/Sedona/Grand Canyon and then likely Tucson way across to Roswel, up to Taos, across to Bryce Canyon and Zion, then to Vegas and back to LA. Arriving around 14 April to 7 May.
What kind of prices can we expect to pay for a cheaper hotel? Would we get away with US$100 per night, or am I dreaming. I can see we would probably be looking minimum $150 at LAX/Sedona/Grand Canyon but thought it might be a bit cheaper outside these areas. We are 2 friends, so need twin rooms.
Also, what's the price of petrol at the moment please?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2015
Arizona April or May, best time to go  (17 Answers)

We are planning on travelling to Grand Canyon, Sedona, and up to Bryce Canyon, Vegas etc. Is April or May best? I thought May might be cheaper for hotels?????


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 30, 2015
West rim horse riding  (1 Answer)

I am staying at the hualapai ranch at the west ring, we want to do the horse ride to the rim.
Has anyone done this?
We haven't ridden before so is it ok for beginers?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2015
travel trailer  (1 Answer)

I want to travel to Utah by 17 and 89. How are the roads


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2015
travel trailer  (1 Answer)

How are highway 17 and 89 for pulling a travel trailer?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2015
Tucson to Utah by travel trailer

How are highway 17 and 89 for pulling a travel trailer?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2015
Tucson to Utah by travel trailer

I want to pull my travel trailer from Tucson to Utah. Are the roads to mountainous for that?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2014
Must see in Souther Arizona  (7 Answers)

Hello all,

We will travel from November 20th till November 30th to the southern part of Arizona. Anyone can tell what we need to see. We have been all above Phoenix. We hope to find more warmth in the south of Arizona. We like nature and the city as well.

Thanks in Advance,
Ron Ploeg


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2014
Itenerary Suggestions Phoenix to Yuma to San Diego  (4 Answers)

Hi there :-)
I am looking for some suggestions for an upcoming trip. My friend and I will meet in Phoenix on Sept 8, drive to Yuma and spend the night. We will be sailing during the day on the 9th-11th, docking at night on Shelter Island. The 12th we will start making our way back to Phoenix--my flight is on the 14th (like 6 or 7 pm).

I am interested in diner recommendations, can't miss things/places. quirky, random, off the beaten path suggestions of things to see or do in the evenings after sailing or the 12-13th and even part of the 14th (I have an early evening flight). In Az, the radius would be 50-mile radius of Yuma or an 1.5 hour radius of Phoenix. We are considering the Apache Tr scenic by-way to Roosevelt Lake, Castle Dunes, Territorial Prison, Mystery Castle Dome Mines, Jacumba Hot Springs. We have a National Parks Access pass.

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2014
Long driving in April  (6 Answers)

My family of 4 plan to drive out from California all the way to Albuquerque this April. Instead of a straight and direct route, I wish to visit Grand Canyon (South rim) along the way, stay a night or 2, then proceed onward to Monument Valley. Again stay there for a night before finally heading to my final destination. Looking at the map it will certainly involve lots of hours on desert roads so my main concern is safety. We plan to rent a car, maybe a SUV. Are there enough gas stations along the way? In case of mechanical problems, are towing/repair services easy enough to call/find? Any other advice from those who have done these long drives will be greatly appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 20, 2013
Transport between SW National Parks ~ 3 weeks trip  (21 Answers)

hi there!
I'm planning for a trip to some national parks of the SW USA and was wondering if it is easy to make the transport connections between them by public transport.
The plan is to stay about 2-3 weeks there, walk around in the wild, camp, enjoy nature, take nice photos ( but no extreme sports).
Also we would stay a few days more, at a couple of cities in the area - maybe basing at Phoenix and Las Vegas is fine and also practical for flights in/out.
Which partks to vist, would also depend to an extend, on feasibility of moving between them.
Some parks we'd love to visit, are in the area roughly from Grand Canyon AZ to Arches UT and some radius around these.
Yellostone is one more excellent idea too, but seems more far away.
probably we 'll be 2 persons, so renting a car could be ok at some parts, but maybe not for the entire time, for reasons of keeping the costs lower...
so, if you have some tips - recomendations, for making an interesting, practical and low budget itinerary, please do send your suggestions!!
many thanks to all, happy travels!
Nikos


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2013
can you suggest an itinerary  (11 Answers)

hi,

we want to go see "the wave" in the paria canyons and we're keeping our fingers crossed that we win the online lottery permit.... granting that we get got lucky and got a permit, can you suggest an itinerary for a 3-day trip?

here are the places we want to see:

the wave (if we get the permit)
white pocket
antelope canyon (a must..we'll be going to both lower & upper)
bryce
grand canyon

are those listed above logistically feasible for a 3 whole day trip?

thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 08, 2013
Can I hang bird feeders in Catalina State Park in Arizona!  (3 Answers)

We are going to spend a couple of weeks in Catalina State Park near Tuscon Arizona in Februaray. We have been there once before, but it was a number of years ago. I am wondering if it is still OK to hang hummingbird feeders and wild bird feeders in our campsite. I checked their campground "rules" list on line, and there is nothing about if you can or can not feed birds when camped there.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 19, 2013
Road Travel: Vegas > Arizona > Vegas  (13 Answers)

Hello.

First of all, sorry for my english. It's not my primary language!

I'm planning a Road Trip starting and ending in Vegas! I already rent a nice Convertible Mustang ($266/week) =]

Me and my wife will be in Vegas on September 19th, we will stay in Vegas until September 21th and at the end of this day we will take off from Vegas to Williams-AZ, so we will stay in a hotel and before the sunrise(we want to see the sunrise at Grand Canyon) we will leave Williams to The Grand Canyon (22th) to spend the whole day at the Canyon Park, so in the end of the day we will stay in a hotel near the Park. In the next day(23th) we will leave at morning to the Monument Valley and spend the whole day there, in the end of the day we will stay at the The View Hotel(already booked). At the next morning(24th) we will go to Page-AZ to visit the Antelope Canyon and the Horseshoe Bend than we will stay in a hotel in Page. Next morning (25th) we will go to Zion Park to spend the hole day there and at the end of the day we will stay in a hotel near Zion Park. From Zion park (26th) we will get back to Vegas!

Do you guys think that it is possible? I mean, we'll drive a lot but I and my wife really enjoy driving..

Do you suggest to go or not go to any other places?

Does this trip is well planned? Once you guys are from USA and familiar with it.

Please, give me your thoughts!

I really appreciate it!

Best Regards,

Zequinao.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2013
Accommodation near Sunset Crater National Monument?  (26 Answers)

In June, my husband and I will be driving from the North Rim to Flagstaff on highway 89. We plan to stop at Cameron Trading Post and then drive the circle to Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monument. We'll probably leave the North Rim late in the morning and don't want to rush. Where is a good place to stay the night? In Cameron, then drive to Sunset Crater and Wupatki, then back to Cameron? Or continue to Flagstaff? Is it necessary to book in advance? Are there any motels/hotels on this stretch of the 89? Thank you for your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2013
Weather-Road Conditions etc Phoenix to GC to Vegas end of Jan  (8 Answers)

Hi VT friends, I've been stuck at home for a few years now but I have friends embarking on a trip on 27th landing in Phoenix, driving to Grand Canyon and then to Vegas - airport hotel on arrival then night at GC then Vegas for a week for an event. Can you help them with some advice re conditions at this time of year please? If it is feasible they would like to drive up through Presctt Valley and Sedona on the way to the GC (early risers so a coffee break maybe in the Prescott area? and lunch with some shopping in Sedona?) I have suggested they drive then through Flagstaff to the East approach hopefully arriving with good daylight to at least check out Desert View (is that the one with the tower?). They will then have a full day there - will the shuttle buses be running at this time of year? The final day they will drive south down 64 to Williams to join I40 with the day to drive to Vegas, maybe a stop at Hoover Dam. Is it worth getting off I40 to do Route 66 ? I have only visited in April and May and am a bit worried about the driving conditions and possible bad weather, any advice would be appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2013
Hiking in Southern Arizona in March: Suggestion would be most welcome  (7 Answers)

My wife and I are visiting Arizona in March and want to do some moderate hiking. Our first few days are in the Tucson area - we have already booked a B&B on the eastern edge of town - but we are then footloose and fancy free for the next 15 days hoping to see some desert in bloom and experience the great Arizona outdoors. [We will be fleeing the cold, grey European winter.] We don't want to drive around too much - we think that we may not venture further north than Cottonwood/Sedona. We are both in our mid-60s and usually consider a 10 - 12 mile hike about our limit depending on the amount of ascent/descent. We like day walks so we don't have to carry our bedding! Suggestions or any kind would be most welcome. Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2012
Hiking in Arizona in 2013  (3 Answers)

My wife and I are planning to visit Arizona for about three weeks in late Feb/March 2013 and would like advice about our trip.
We want to go on day hikes from various locations - the general area around Tucson at first and later around Sedona etc. We have a couple of guide books which give details of such hikes and have read about hikes on websites, too.
We are planning to fly to Phoenix from the UK and rent a car.
Will we be able to book accommodation with 1 or 2 days notice in the areas we want to visit or do we need to book further ahead?
Ideally we would like to travel to an area with several day hikes and stay for a few days before moving on. We would like to remain flexible in terms of where we go and how long we stay but that means that we will need to find somewhere to stay at relatively short notice rather than weeks ahead!
Any other tips and guidance will be most welcome.
(We are experienced travellers both in our 60s)
Thank you for any advice.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2012
NM/AZ/CO/UT - This September  (2 Answers)

My husband and I are contemplating a two-week vacation in September – likely starting in Albuquerque and driving counter-clockwise through Colorado, Utah, and Arizona before returning to Albuquerque. We would appreciate any tips, warnings, recommendations, etc., anyone could offer us. Such as: What weather can we anticipate during that time? Are there some roads we should avoid (we’ll be renting a medium size sedan – not an SUV)? Anything in that general area which is considered a must-see/must-do (keeping in mind I’m 55 and my husband is 65)? Or anything else you’d deem that we should know before we go. Thanks for your help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2012
Traveling solo Flagstaff/canyon  (20 Answers)

Hi
I am female mid thirties and from the Uk..I bought a ticket out to Arizona for a three week stay.I intended to stay with a friend over there but due to unforseen circumstances I am now having to get my head around my trip being a solo adventure
wondering how easy it's going to be to get around as I do not drive, so car hire is out the question..There seems to be limited info on the internet
I am flying into Flagstaff and staying thereabouts in a hostel.My first 'backpacking' venture..I figured as a solo traveler it makes sense to go the entire hostel route..that way I can hook up with people hopefully in the same situation as myself.
I would obviously like to take in the canyon whilst in that area..Any info on cheap places to stay would be great .
With so much time available it would be nice to not just do the day trip thing..Maybe actually stay right by the canyon for a night or two?? Info is lacking here as far as what is within my budget. So if anybody can help me out with advice that would be awesome
Any places I should definitely add to my list of places to visit during my stay would be cool??
Most of my friends think I'm crazy for hitting an adventure like this solo..for me it's a buzz! But I want to ensure I'm prepared as well I can be for the adventure..Any advice absolutely welcomed with thanks in advance!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 11, 2011
lodging on Route 89  (5 Answers)

Are there any motels on Route 89 between Flagstaff and Cameron?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2011
Statewide Bus Services  (6 Answers)

Planning a trip which will take me through Arizona this November. I know of Greyhound, but was wondering if there are any other Statewide bus operators. I'm looking to get from Tucson to Las Vegas (NV) around 15/16 and wanted to do an overnight stop somewhere.

I'll have done Flagstaff prior to Tucson and I'm not inclined to stop in Phoenix so looking for an alternative offering but it needs to be somewhere that I can then hook up to Las Vegas from.

Any suggestions?



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