In late April, my wife and I will be in Arizona for 4 to 5 days. We plan to hike and sightsee. The first couple days we need to be near to the Phoenix area. We will likely have the option to stay at a house in Mesa for the entire time, but are willing to stay elsewhere if it fits our plans better. Niether one of us has spent much time in AZ. I'm just looking for some suggestions of areas to hike, mountains to climb, canyons, or things to see.
Superstition Wilderness? Tonto NF? Sedona? Grand Canyon?
Unless you haven't the time, its like visiting Miami, FL (not Arizona) and not going to the beach.cp0915 wrote:I think it would be tragic to visit AZ as a newbie and not spend time in Sedona and Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon is a considerable drive from Phoenix/Mesa. I know it is kind of a "must-see" in AZ, but will I be disappointed if I only have time to spend one day there? Plus the drive time...
In April, am I likely to encounter snow in any areas?
I'll be getting a rental car. Can I get away with a car, or should I get something with high clearance, like a Jeep or SUV?
Bubba Suess wrote:If you hike Echo Canyon/Sarah Deming/Heart of Rocks loop, you will have hiked one of the finest trails in the entire Southwest. It is unique, fantastically routed, and a real jaw dropper. The trail basically winds its way through the maze of these hoodoos.
By the way, if are staying in the Phoenix area and you like smoked meat, be sure to stop by Joe's Real BBQ in Gilbert. Not quite as good as its Texan progenitors, but it is pretty darn good.
cp0915 wrote:I think it would be tragic to visit AZ as a newbie and not spend time in Sedona and Grand Canyon.
1000Pks wrote:If you just wish to be a tourist, you can visit all of these places quickly
1000Pks wrote:a regular car should be great
jdzaharia wrote:Of course a rental sedan can go anywhere a personally-owned SUV can go, and a rental SUV is as good as a Hummer.
jdzaharia wrote:I'm partial to Memphis-style pork.
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