The Grand Canyon is a bucket list destination for many family travelers. The awesome magnitude of the Grand Canyon, combined with some other family-friendly America West adventures, makes for a great Spring Break family trip. During March and April, the weather in the southwest is generally very comfortable, with temperatures in the 70’s and even getting into the 80’s.
Over the past few months, I’ve helped several families plan a Grand Canyon spring break with kids following the same general itinerary that begins in Phoenix, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here are the details of this fun itinerary!
Begin By Exploring the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona
Located just over two hours from Phoenix, Sedona is a charming and fun town to explore. Not only is the small city packed with shops, boutiques and restaurants, but the surrounding area is literally am outdoor playground. There are miles and miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, ancient civilizations explore and a great opportunity to experience the wild-West, cowboy culture.
Plus you can go hunting for an energy “vortex” – of which there are rumored to be several in the area!
A super special activity to include in Sedona is a hot air ballon ride over the stunning Verde Valley. In the early morning, enjoy a one-hour hot air balloon ride with the red rocks of Sedona surrounding you as you go. At the end of your hot air balloon tour, you’ll land in one of the verdant fields downwind. After your flight, enjoy a light champagne picnic (apple cider for the children).
Head to the Grand Canyon
The drive from Sedona to the Grand Canyon is only about 2.5 hours. I love sending families out with a private guide in the morning for a tour and hike around the Grand Canyon South rim and into the Canyon on trails little-used by other hikers. Your guide will explain the history, geology, flora and fauna of the Canyon. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to the historic lodges and buildings on the Canyon rim, including the studio of photography pioneers Emery & Ellsworth Kolb. Enjoy lunch at the historic El Tovar Lodge, located right on the edge of the South Rim.
Accommodations around the Grand Canyon are fairly limited. While not luxurious, my top recommendation is the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn. Located just two miles from the South Rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, this hotel offers spacious, comfortable accommodations, onsite restaurant, Fireside Lounge and a family friendly game room.
Finish in Las Vegas
Finally, a fun way to finish this itinerary is to end in Las Vegas! The drive from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas is 4.5 hours. In addition to seeing shows, marveling at the glitzy strip and enjoying the pools, an excellent option for those wanting a break from the Strip is the Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area. Just 17 miles from the heart of Las Vegas on Charleston Blvd/ State Route 59, the area offers more than 30 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, and a nature center, and excellent immersion into the Mojave Desert.
Interested in exploring the natural wonders of the Western United States? Contact me now to start planning your Grand Canyon Spring Break with kids!