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Xmas time - Sedona, Zion, Bryce, Antelope C - itinerary help

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Xmas time - Sedona, Zion, Bryce, Antelope C - itinerary help

Hello & thank you in advance for your help. Visiting from NZ for Xmas time. We have 15 days from date of arrival into LAX (Dec 22). Could you please suggest an itinerary for the above destinations, spread over the 15 days, with return to LA ... and especially with somewhere special to spend Xmas. We don’t mind passing through Vegas but have little interest in staying there for more than a night. Active family, two older teens, love hiking and adventure. Visited Zion and Bryce when children were a lot younger 13 years ago. Many thanks!

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1. Re: Xmas time - Sedona, Zion, Bryce, Antelope C - itinerary help

I am just guessing about your flight arrival and departure times, so you may have to adjust this a little. Also it can and does snow in all the areas you are planning to visit in December/early January. Many times that snow is not serious and makes the red rocks even more beautiful. Sedona is at 4,350’ Page is at 4,200’, Bryce's elevation is at between 8 & 9,000’ and Zion Canyon is at 4,000’. So just keep aware of the weather reports. A heavy snow has been known to close roads until they get them cleared again. And dress warmly because it can get cold in the wind or at nights. Did you mean to skip a night at Grand Canyon?

12/22...Arrive LAX. Stay Barstow or Kingman. If you arrive by mid-after noon begin to drive away from the city & stay at Barstow or Kingman...Kingman is good if you have more time to drive and are not too tired from the flight


12/23, 24, 25, 26...Sedona for Christmas. Its really special at that time! I can give you a listing of where things are located and special places to visit in Sedona over Christmas. The 23rd will mostly be used up by the drive up. So you still have 3 full days. If you would like more, you could cut one from Bryce and adjust the dates.

12/27...Grand Canyon

12/28...Page for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. (Or 2 nights Page if you skip GC)

12/29, 30...Bryce Canyon

12/31 (New Year’s Eve), 1/1, 1/2...Zion National Park/Stay Springdale.

1/3...begin heading back toward toward LAX, Bypass LV and stay Kingman again after visiting Hoover Dam. I don’t know how far you are comfortable driving in a day, you could to farther or not.

1/4...Think of visiting Joshua Tree National Park on the way to the Palm Springs area before you actually head to the airport.

1/5...Flight home from LAX

Even in Winter, you do need to work on settling on an itinerary and then make hotel reservations...Particularly in Sedona and the National Parks. This is a general directional itinerary...see what you think and ask questions that do come up. This can still be worked on before you decide to finalize the itinerary...We will be here to answer those questions.

By the way, since its winter and there may be less hiking, have you thought of visiting the gorgeous Monument Valley...staying at the View Hotel? You could go there first after Sedona, then Page, Bryce, Zion etc.



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2. Re: Xmas time - Sedona, Zion, Bryce, Antelope C - itinerary help

Great suggestions from Connie. You’ve got a great amount of time and should have a wonderful trip, provided that you commit to it and book your accommodations, ASAP.

Once you have a solid plan then you can focus on details. Winter weather could impact the itinerary, but you’ve got enough time to be flexible and adjust on the fly if necessary.

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