We are a family of 4, kids 12 and 7 a not super active, love science, beautiful views and cushy hotels.
Arrive 9/20 @ 7:40 pm. Pick up rental car, sleep in Anthem or Camp Verde if not too tired (coming from Central time zone).
Thurs. on road by 8. breakfast on the road heading to GC east gate with quick stops at Sunset Crater and Wupatki.
Lunch @ Cameron Trading Post.
Arrive GCNP @ ?? (Is 2:30 a reasonable estimate?) then do Desert View and few more stops, arriving to Maswick south by 5:00. Grab food at the cafeteria and walk the rim towards Yavapai observation pt. To eat and catch the sunset (6:22 sunset). Maybe do a ranger talk in the evening?
Friday up early to catch the sunrise (6:16) on Bright Angel Trail (go 20-30 minutes down). Visit the burros in the corral. Late breakfast at El Tovar (skip this and just head back to hotel??). Check out hotel, load up car. Should we do some of the views west or prioritize heading to Sedona??
Exit Tusayan, head to Sedona, lunch at Cowboy club. Check in Amara. If time relax at pool. Grab picnic (is wildflower bread co convenient) for dinner and head to Red Rock Crossing for sunset. Early bed!
Sat. Leisurely wake up and breakfast @hotel. Pink Jeep Broken Arrow tour @10. Pick up lunch from Indian Gardens. Do partial West Fork hike (will we be able to get parking this late in the day?). Should we go back to hotel for poolside dinner or stay in vicinity for our 8 pm astronomy tour? If we stay where would be a good dinner spot?
Sunday head towards Phoenix via 179 and I-17. Is there time for another quick hike or should we just make stops at views along the way?
Another decision: boys are going to a game at Chase Field for 1 pm. Should we drive and park at chase field and the girls uber to the Scott resort or vice versa - drive to Scott, boys uber to game? Evening enjoy resort and relax. Maybe dinner somewhere in Scottsdale.
Monday am is open - just pushed back flight to leave at 8pm, so could enjoy lazy river at resort and then visit the desert Botanical garden? Or go to the musical instruments museum. Other suggestions?
Thanks for any help!