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    Question Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    We're making plans for a Spring Break trip to Arizona with children ages 14, 13 & 12. My wife decided we were driving after weeks of fruitless search for an airline deal! Anyway, we've got the framework for the vacation in place and I'm asking if anybody has any suggestions for sights that are highly recommended. Here's what we currently have planned:

    Sat & Sun - Drive - arrive Flagstaff Sunday evening
    Monday - Flagstaff area - Observatory Monday Evening
    Tuesday - Grand Canyon - South Rim
    Wednesday - 12 hour tour of Grand Canyon by air, boat & jeep!
    Thursday - Drive to Peoria, AZ for 1:05pm Cubs ST Game
    Friday - Phoenix area - head back towards home in PM.

    In conclusion, I'm interested in anything anybody has to say regarding things to see on the drive to and from, as well as things between Phoenix & Flagstaff. Thanks in advace!


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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    I would forget the kids.



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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Maybe head through Colorado on your way down.

    Pikes Peak
    Royal Gorge
    Mesa Verde

    Four corners.


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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Sedona, Arizona. It's just south of flagstaff. Defiently worth checking out.



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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Somewhere around Phoenix there a small mountain that's a nice hike ... we called it by an inappropriate name for so long I can't remember the real name ... "camel-something"

    It's a neat hike, just don't try to find you're own way down, the DNR gets all ancy and yells at you for a while.



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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    I remember going to Tucson, AZ. I think we saw a jail and had a tour there.



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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by CyDude16 View Post
    Sedona, Arizona. It's just south of flagstaff. Defiently worth checking out.
    Sedona was on our radar for Monday; anything in particular that's "can't miss"?

    Thanks to all...


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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    Somewhere around Phoenix there a small mountain that's a nice hike ... we called it by an inappropriate name for so long I can't remember the real name ... "camel-something"

    It's a neat hike, just don't try to find you're own way down, the DNR gets all ancy and yells at you for a while.
    I want to say it's Camelback Mountain. Used to go up there with my grandparents when I'd visit them in the summers.

    We used to go here a lot, too. They're old Indian cliff dwellings - small hike up the side of a cliff to get there. I do not remember at all if it's on the way to Flagstaff:

    Tonto National Monument, Arizona

    There's the Organ Stop restaurant (or something like that) in Phoenix that's fun for kids. The zoo isn't bad - kind of middling. Old Tucson is really cool - that's where they filmed Tombstone and some of the older westerns.

    Just flew back from Phoenix today, and it's gorgeous out there. Have fun.


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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrevkah View Post
    I remember going to Tucson, AZ. I think we saw a jail and had a tour there.
    Was it a voluntary tour of the jail?



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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by chadm View Post
    Maybe head through Colorado on your way down.

    Pikes Peak
    Royal Gorge
    Mesa Verde

    Four corners.
    Have you been to the four corners?

    I went when i was really young and i remember a long drive in the middle of know where to see absoultely nothing.

    Big waste of time in my opinion.



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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Flagstaff is a beautiful area, but it won't be much warmer than Iowa. They might still be getting snow when you go. The interstate drive south out of Flagstaff is nice with some good scenic overlooks and roadside stands to stop at along the way. If you don't want to go all the way into Phoenix, I'd stop at Sedona.



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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by TitanClone View Post
    Have you been to the four corners?

    I went when i was really young and i remember a long drive in the middle of know where to see absoultely nothing.

    Big waste of time in my opinion.
    I have, and it was. Just unique.


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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Take a Pink Jeep tour in Sedona - Pink Jeep Tours - You gotta do It



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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    I did the drive from Ames last March, saw 5 spring training games (4 Cubs) and a Suns game. Went swimming, golfing, the usual.

    On the way down I hit up the Boulevard brewery.
    Way back I hit up Grand Canyon south rim, drove up thru Moab.
    Went thru Colorado, hit up Coors, New Belgium, and Ft. Collins brewery.

    My recommendations are to always stop at breweries on the way, kids might be a different story though.



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    Re: Spring Break with Kids - Arizona

    Driving from Iowa to AZ = suicide.

    I'd rather overpay with a flight than waste all that time. Especially since the first day of driving is horrible boring.



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