I live in California. I keep travelling to other countries, and I've never been to the Grand Canyon! So I've made a decision to go international / domestic every other year, in order to enjoy what my own country has to offer. I'm planning a week-long trip to Arizona in May---traveling solo. Would like to see the GC for 2 days, Sedona for 2 days, and a few places in between. Does anyone have knowledge of these areas, and can advise me on a good working itinerary? Thanks.
Don't know if you live in southern California or northern California--but there's not too much to it. Drive to Las Vegas--then on to Flagstaff and south to Sedona. Go back north through Flagstaff to te Grand Canyon.
Then if you want to, go on north to Monument Valley, Lake Powell/Glen Canyon, and the other interesting spots in Utah or Colorado like Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Durango, Moab, Dead Horse Point, Arches, Zion, and through St. George back to Las Vegas and back to California.
If traveling this route in the summer, Cedar City in Utah has a great Shakesphere Festival that is definitely worth visiting.
It's your choice whether you should visit more than just Sedona and the Grand Canyon, but for me--all of the places mentioned are worth seeing at least once.
P.S. My son called me this week and pointed out that of all the glaciers in the world are melting (disappearing). The most dramatic example of this is in Glacier National Park--where it is estimated that all of the glaciers there (of which there are seven), none will exist 20 years from now--so you may want to visit that place sometime soon also.
The other poster had some great points on places to go. I have a degree in Native American Studies and found Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Canyon de Chelle National Monument to be very interesting if you are into History.
I lived in San Diego for almost 10 years and we got bored with the same old Grand Canyon. This past year we went a little West to the Havasupai Indian Reservation. I highly recommend this part of the Grand Canyon. You can ride mules into the waterfalls of the Grand Canyon. It was gorgeous! We went in June and it was freezing cold at night and warmer during the day so definately take layers.
I also recommend Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier's National Park, Mt Zion and a few other National Parks in your area. I too spent many years out of the country until I realized I hadn't seen much of our own gorgeous country. We currently reside in South Carolina. If you get a chance Charleston and Savannah are two great destinations on the east coast! Good luck and Great Travels!