In March 2016 it was going to be Andrew’s 30th birthday, he’s a Pi baby :). We knew we had to do something pretty big, but he could not decide. We contemplated NYC and Chicago for quite some time, even booked flights at one point, but ended up landing on a full week visiting his niece in Scottsdale. Within that week we visited several places to include Grand Canyon, Sedona, Jerome, and San Diego. We had a heck of a time! I wanted to share that trip in a mini (5) blog series starting with Exploring Arizona.
Here’s a map of our route which we did over the course of two days.
The drives were ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! I highly suggest taking the I89A, it is the most scenic ❤ None of my photos did it justice so I didn’t include any, you’ll have to see it for yourself!
We only had one stopover and that was just outside the Grand Canyon at The Grand Hotel. Really nice hotel, but if I’m being honest our service and food was subpar at their restaurant. **I encourage you to book like 6-8 months, maybe even more, in advance if you want to actually stay in the Grand Canyon**
One thing I had seen on Facebook prior to the trip was the Flintstones Campground. Growing up I watched that with my dad a lot, so I had to see it, and it’s on the way to GC. We didn’t go in, but I snuck a peak at the grounds.
Once checking in to the hotel we took some time to stretch our legs and headed to the Grand Canyon.
Guys, I struggled trying to write this blog, because I don’t even know how to put into words the beauty and amazing feeling you get when you are there. Just as mountains do, the canyon made me feel so small in the best way possible. It’s incredible how much beauty is in our country. We only viewed the canyon from the South Rim due to closures in the North, only more reason to go back.
I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves now, but I just want to caution one thing. Please be safe, whether you go in the summer (keep hydrated) or during Winter (watch for ice).
Also, don’t skip out on the sunset or sunrise.