Las Vegas to Phoenix to Las Vegas

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Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:30 AM
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Las Vegas to Phoenix to Las Vegas

My husband and I are planning a trip for March 30 to April 5 2006. We planned to fly into Phoenix and rent a car to drive to Vegas, but we can save over $250 by flying to Vegas - driving to Phoenix and back to Vegas.

1. We need a recommendation for a hotel in Phoenix. We will be visiting a friend in the Glendale area and want to see the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. Would like a night rate of $70 or less. We need it to be clean and in a good neighborhood but don't need any perks. We will be spending only one night.

2. From Phoenix we will drive to Sedona. Do we need to make reservations for March 31 and April 1 or would we be able to find accomodations without reservations? Any recommendations for lodging in the $80 or less price range would be appreciated.

3. April 2 through April 3 we want to travel to Vegas. We want to see some sites on the way, tour Hoover Dam, see Red Rock Canyon, and see Fire Valley. Considering stopping briefly in Oatman and other little towns on the way. Recommendations would be appreciated for eating, visiting and lodging. Any scenic route recommendation would be appreciated.

4. We will be staying in Vegas the nights of April 3 and 4 and flying back to Tennessee on April 5. While staying in Vegas we will be trying to see as many of the hotels and casinos as we can.

We do not have time to go to the Grand Canyon. We were there briefly last year and when we go back we will devote the entire time to that area.

Thank you in advance for any recommendations.

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Feb 22nd, 2006, 06:47 AM
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Spend the $250.00, and make it a vacation.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:01 AM
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First of all get a good map and then fly into Vegas. Incidentally, Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon are not on the route from Phoenix to Vegas.

If you have friends in PHX surely they can recommend a low-cost hotel in their area. If not, check out Travelodge, Super 8, Red Roof - I believe they are on the lower end of rates (Best Westerns & Holiday Inn Express will be higher, but usually nicer).

I would make reservations in Sedona. Sedona is not a low-cost vacation town however and a Fri. & Sat. night are apt to be quite high. Just do a search for Sedona hotels/motels.

In 2 nights you can see some casinos in Vegas, but I doubt if you will have time for all of them. Vegas is deceiving, there is alot of walking between hotels. If you drive the parking lots are frequently quite a ways behind the hotels so you still walk alot.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 11:52 AM
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Thank you Lori. I don't want to ask my friend because he will insist we stay with him and I do not want to. If I already have reservations, he can't say anything. While I was in Phoenix last time, on the tourist channel, there was a white church built in the middle of the desert. I can't for the life of me remember where it was and have had no luck in finding anything about it on the internet. Do you happen to know what I am talking about? What are the most interesting ghost towns to visit between Sedona and Vegas?
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 02:10 PM
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Have you checked an open jaw flight--Into LV and out of Phoenix? We did this last year and there was not a lot of difference in cost. This year, we flew into Albuquerque and then out of Phoenix. I think you will be doing too much driving for one week.

Budget Rent a Car did not charge extra for a one way rental between LV and Phoenix.

Try Priceline or Hotwire for a hotel--see www.betterbidding.com or www.biddingfortravel.com. for advice on bidding and possible hotels.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 03:20 PM
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You could easily do that open jaw ticket on Southwest. They aren't so picky about stuff like that.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 03:46 PM
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Travelwish - I can relate to not asking your friend for suggestions about hotels .. we never stay with anyone when we visit, give me a hotel any day !!! (I also do not want any overnight guests, we may be odd but we are happy doing it this way. For low cost tho I'd check out the ones I suggested. Maybe Sleep Inn or Comfort Inn too.

There is a large church, San Xavier, near Tucson(where I live). It's called the "White Dove of the Desert". It's beautifully restored too, perhaps that is the one you saw on t.v.

As for ghost towns around Sedona area I would say Jerome is the one that most people visit. If there are any ghost towns between Sedona and Las Vegas they are probably off on dirt roads where we never go. Actually we normally fly to Vegas anyway so I am not up on ghost towns.

I think some of the other posters have a good idea about flying into one city and out the other - just be sure to check on Drop Off charges with the car rental agency.



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Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:26 PM
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"White Dove of the Desert" is the church I have been trying to find. Thank you.

Originally we were going to fly into Phoenix then drive to Vegas. When I priced the car, it had taxes upon taxes and that is what make it at least $250 more than the same car in Vegas. I can't help but think the $250 could be spent on other things.

I appreciate all the help. I have ordered several Arizonia travel guides but unfortunately they have not arrived yet.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:39 PM
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If you belong to the Auto Club they have good guide books and maps. Happy Planning !!
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Feb 23rd, 2006, 05:03 PM
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Hi "travelwish". I live in Sedona, and relatives are coming here to visit the end of March, so I have spent the last week visiting local motels in the "under $100 range". I HIGHLY recommend the Sky Ranch Lodge, their standard rooms are around $80, but I assure you you'll love the 6 acres of lush grounds, and the fantastic view up there on Airport Mesa! Or........... our most favorite Bed and Breakfast in Jerome is the Ghost City Inn, we go there each year for our anniversary! It's a little more expensive, but you are worth it, eh? Have Fun! Holly
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