I'm going 'home' for a month, and am planning on a road trip to remember to the Grand Canyon with a couple friends 'cuz I've never been... I don't know northern AZ well, can anyone suggest must-dos, must-avoids, or share some awesome stories of your own? I'm figuring about a week of some leisurely, Route 66 days... Thanks, and happy travels!
Cant quite remember where it is now, but Acoma is a cool reservation to check out on top of a huge plateau. It was the place the savage came from in ALdous Huxley's 'Brave New World' and you can buy the best corn bread for a dollar from the indians who live in 800 year old adobe three storey houses!
If I could put a map to hand I would let you know where it is exactly, but I'm sure you can find it somehow....
I am guessing that you will go through Las Vegas on this trip. If so, after Vegas head south on US95 towards Needles, Calif. Turn off on 163 to Laughlin. This a casino city on the Colorado River. Use the bridge over the Colorado and head for Oatman. This is an old mining town and worth a stop. Burros roam the streets adding local color(odor as well). This is the gateway to the best section of 66 left. Many motorcycle groups do the Oatman to Peach Springs to Seligman section. After Route 66, go to Williams, gateway to the Grand Canyon. There is a steam train that goes to the GC daily, worth doing if you like trains. After the GC, hit Flagstaff and decide if you want to visit Monument Valley or Sedona. Both are very scenic and worth the drive. Many movies were filmed in MV and you can take a tour of the spectacular rock formations. This is Navajo country and I would let them guide you. The road is very rough and a 4WD vehicle is recommended if you want to drive the 17 mile route yourself. After MV, you have Canyon de Chelly or Mesa Verde if you like ancient cultures. I would head up into Utah and hit Arches, Zion and Bryce N.Ps. Just some ideas for your trip. Good Luck.