My wife and I (early 60s) are planning a trip to the area in early October (4th - 8th). We are scheduled to arrive at PHX at 5:40pm on Thursday. We're picking up a rental car and planning to drive to Flagstaff. I figure approx. 3 1/2 hours, including time picking up rental car, to get from the airport to Flagstaff? We are on central daylight time so that will be pretty late for our body clocks. Any recommendations for a place to stop and eat between PHX and Flag? Nothing fancy but not truckstop fare either.
Overnight at Little America Flagstaff and get up early next morning to head to GCNP. Thinking of doing the Sunset Crater and Wupatki Ruins National Monument loop drive along the way. Then stop in Cameron TP to pick up picnic supplies for lunch in GCNP. Enter park at the east gate entrance via 64. Do Watchtower/Desert View, Grandview, Lipan Point and El Tovar area. Skipping Hermit's Rest (we are not hard-core hikers and wish to avoid the shuttles), take 64 south from the village to Williams and have a look around there. Then we continue on to Sedona, planning to arrive before nightfall on Friday evening. Is this doable? Any advice on this GCNP day trip?
We stay 3 nights in Sedona at A Sunset Chateau. We plan on having a more-or-less relaxing day in Sedona on Saturday. Maybe do the Red Rock Scenic Byway drive? Open for other suggestions as well. Nice dinner in Sedona Saturday night... Mariposa or Cafe Elote? Other suggestions?
Sunday, the only thing we are giving strong consideration to is Verde Canyon Railroad tour. We are open to other suggestions.
Monday, it's back to PHX for a 2:50pm flight. Not sure what we'll have much time to do much in Sedona before we have to head out, but certainly willing to entertain any suggestions.
Thanks for any and all input!