A family of four (kids aged 11 & 13) on a long road trip to be taken next summer/fall. The plan right now is to get to Flagstaff around September 20th and then head down south to the Phoenix area (from there it'll be back to LA). This would be our second trip to the area and we've already visited Sedona & Red Rock Park.
I was thinking of driving through Payson and maybe spending the night there. Then, come morning, drive to Tonto National Monument for a short visit. That would put us on the Apache Trail loop drive. I'd love to take some of the drive. Which part is the more scenic - the short drive through 88 to Lost Dutchman State Park, or the longer route via the Globe area and then HWY 60?
We'll be driving a rental minivan and we're not allowed to go off-road, if that matters. Unpaved official roads should be ok, I think, but nothing too rough.
Thanks in advance!