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Make the most of 1st time trip to the South West

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Make the most of 1st time trip to the South West

Family with 2 teens and 1 tween flying in and out of Phoenix in June/July. Have 8-10 days want to get in as much as possible. Really want to do Sedona, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, maybe even the 4 Corners monument. Any thoughts/suggestions. Also read something about the Apache Trail?? Dude Ranch?? Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Make the most of 1st time trip to the South West

Give Sedona 3-4 nights. Add a night at the GCNP. Book it right now.

www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Add 2-3 more nights at Page. The Glen Canyon Dam there is equally as impressive as Hoover, but less crowds, less expensive and closer to where you want to be.

The 4 Corners monument is a huge detour and an even bigger waste of time.

Apache Trail is a scenic drive north and east of PHX. Frankly, you'll see plenty of other dramatic scenery in northern AZ.

Think about adding a night at Monument Valley after Page. But if you decide to do it, book the View Hotel there right now. There are no other places to stay inside the tribal park.

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2. Re: Make the most of 1st time trip to the South West

Summertime is very hot in Phoenix and Apache Junction. I'd stick with the places in northern AZ as RedRox suggests.

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3. Re: Make the most of 1st time trip to the South West

You can make it a daytrip between Phoenix and Sedona via Apache Trail. We did this several times and it took us 7-8 hours with the stops. Keep in mind Apache Trail az88 is unpaved for 22 miles.

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