I will be taking around 2.5 - 3 weeks in the Southwest at the beginning of August and need to plan my itinerary of where I am going. I will not be travelling alone, but with my family who would prefer to be able to stay in places for several days at a time rather than being constantly on the road. This will be our first time in the Southwest and we would like to spend it seeing the awesome landscape, experiencing the culture and also enjoying some of the activities on offer like hiking, biking even rafting and horse riding.
We will be driving from San Francisco to Flagstaff in 2 days (not sure where we will stop but probably not Vegas). We are thinking of renting a house in Flagstaff for 5 days to a week from where we will be able to visit the Grand Canyon, Sedona and other places (any suggestions?). After a week we will drive to Santa Fe NM where we will stay for 3 - 4 days visiting the surrounding areas like Taos.
After Santa Fe I was thinking that we could drive up to Southern Colorado and through Utah to see some more National Parks stopping off on the way. I guess my biggest question would be does anyone have any suggestions as to how best to organize this trip between Santa Fe and say Zion NP seeing as we will have 7+ days to spare?
Thanks in advance.