Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Desert Southwest

So we are begining to plan for a trip to the Desert Southwestern United States next May/June time frame. (Probably May 24 to June 1)

Probably flying into Las Vegas - willing to drive @ 5 hours per day to get to a destination.

We are active adults travelling with a 5.5 year old - so no long hikes & no camping.

Any advice? Must see/do things? Places to stay/eat?

Right now we have narrowed our list down to:

Zion National Park
Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim)
Antelope Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park
Arches National Park
Death Valley National Park

We have a National Parks pass & so would prefer to visit National Parks.

Any advice on how long to stay in each area? (I know you can stay in 1 park for a week, but we are probably more interested in seeing the vistas as a whole.)

Where would you stay in Las Vegas?

Thank in advance for any input.

5 comments:

Paula, the quilter said...

With a little one you might want to stay at a child friendly place on the Strip rather than downtown. Your list covers a lot of the parks. Sounds like fun.

ruthsplace said...

No advice, but I hope you have a great time.

Libby said...

I LOVE Flagstaff, AZ. We have enjoyed the Museum of Northern Arizona there. Lowell Observatory is great fun, too. Plan to visit during the day and go back in the evening for a chance to look through the telescopes. I always visit Riordan Mansion - though it may not be a lot of fun for a young'un.

floribunda said...

Mesa Verde is also quite interesting and beautiful, and in the same general vicinity. Canyon de Chelly is wonderful, but sort of a long detour; you can take a jeep trip into the canyon. Sounds like you're going to pack a LOT into that timeframe -- maybe pare the list down a little bit?

Ashley said...

I've live in Las Vegas for 5 years & with a little one I would suggest either a station casino (Red Rock or Aliante are very nice) or on the strip Excaliber & Circus Circus are kid-friendly but not that awesome for adults. My personal favorite is Golden Nugget on Freemont Street (old Las Vegas).

Not necessarily in this order: take the 5 hour drive to Grand Canyon South Rim. Spend the night in Kanab, UT (very small town but amazingly modern) & take the 1 hour tour of Best Friends Animal Society. Kanab is inbetween all the big parks out there & a great transition stop.
Make sure you see Zion Nat'l Park--it's my favorite! There is a bus service through Zion in the busy season & lots of short walks for all ages/abilities.
From Vegas it's a 3.5 hour drive to the North entrance into Death Valley--stop & see the ghost town Rhyolite, in DV see Scotty's Castle, Mt Ubehebe, Artist's Palette (a scenic drive), badwater & then there are several other short stops. Exit the Southern exit & you can do all that in a day trip from Vegas!
In Vegas go to Ethel M's chocolate factory, the Silverton ('mermaids' swim in a huge fish tank), visit Red Rock for some beautiful scenery & if you have time, a 1 hour drive NE of Vegas is the Valley of Fire.
Hopefully that's a few ideas to get you started planning. Enjoy!