Arizona for a week

Old Jan 11th, 2021, 02:34 PM
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Arizona for a week

Hi all lovely people. Need your advise. I am going to celebrate my big 50-th birthday in Arizona. We are flying to Phoenix on Feb, 26, Staying in Scottsdale for 2 days and after are driving to Flagstaff, where I have rented a house for 6 days (until March 5).
I heard that Flagstaff is the most convenient base location for day trips. Would lobe to visit most amazing places to see and to hike. Unfortunately, Antelope Canyon is closed (dur to COVID).
What would you recommend , considering my stay at Flagstaff? I do not mind driving 2-3 hours one way. After Flagstaff , we are heading to Sedona for 2 days.
Please, please, help me with my birthday itinerary. I really want this trip to be fun for everyone.

Thanx a million

Dates: 2/26 - 3/7
Cities we staying at : Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Sedona

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Old Jan 11th, 2021, 07:32 PM
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You can read my trip report for the trip my wife and I took in November 2019. We spent 6 nights in Flagstaff an did day trips from there. I saw no need to stay a night in Sedona. We started early from Flagstaff and went down through the canyon into Sedona. We walked around Sedona for many hours including a good museum property at the edge of town. We left Sedona for a dinner reservation we had for my wife's birthday. We ate a great meal at a great German/seafood restaurant called the Manzanita in Cornville, AZ. We went east from Cornville after dark to get back to the interstate to get back to Flagstaff.
On another long day trip we went east to Winslow to "stand on the corner" with the Glen Frey statue and then went north through the Indian Reservation to Tuba City and then back to the west to get to Desert View Tower at sunset. Maybe you could take a hike at the meteor crater which is south of I-40 a few miles west of Winslow.
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Old Jan 11th, 2021, 09:43 PM
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I would stay at least one night in Sedona.....do a Pink Jeep tour...
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Old Jan 11th, 2021, 09:49 PM
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I also loved the Cowboy Club Grille..(Sedona).......thought food was wonderful.....
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Old Jan 12th, 2021, 03:55 AM
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Keep in mind that Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet elevation so early March it will still be below freezing at night. I'm not sure that there is a week's worth of day trips that time of year....

The Grand Canyon is nearby. Daytime highs should be pleasant (40s or 50s) so trails should be clear of ice/snow once the sun has a chance to warm things up. The exception of course is if there is a snowstorm, which is quite possible that time of year. I'd bring or be prepared to buy ice spikes if you plan to do any hiking below the rim, just in case there are patches of ice/snow to traverse

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If you are interested in ancient Native American site, and geologic history, Wupatki NP and Sunset crater are a short way off 89. You can go to them either on the way to Grand Canyon or on the way back. 64 joins 89 in Cameron. Off I-70 a short way east of Flagstaff is Walnut Canyon NP.

A bit farther is Canyon de Chelley which is only toured with a Native American guide so probably not possible, but there are nice views of the both sides of the canyon from overlooks on the rim.

Check the park service sites. To see if places like Hubble Trading post, Meteor Crater, and Petrified Forrest/Painted Desert will be open when you go.

We took a half day smooth water raft trip on the Colorado river from the dam in Page to Lees Ferry which might be going when you are there.

Covid has been very bad among the Native American people, so visiting places like the Hopi mesas, Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley should be off your list and any where you go in public you need to wear a mask and distance from others even if you do test negative.
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Old Jan 12th, 2021, 08:05 AM
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Just a week ago, Arizona had the highest Covid per capita rate of any region in the world, and the rates in Native American communities are just tragic. Hopefully, things will have improved over the 6 weeks before your trip, but this is still somewhere I would think twice about visiting at this time. Definitely review the Covid situation in each city/destination and what's open/closed just before you go.

"I really want this trip to be fun for everyone." Maybe this isn't the time and place for this trip, and it might be more enjoyable a bit later when everything is open and safe(r). You'll be 50 the whole year long...
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For one of your evenings in Flagstaff, consider the unique experience of a visit to the Lowell Observatory. Check its website for timing information, as you need reservations.

Have a great trip and a great birthday!
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Old Jan 14th, 2021, 05:54 AM
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Thank you very much
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