This summer is passing by in a whirlwind and I know I’ve been MIA around the blog lately. It feels like I haven’t had a moment to stop and breathe, much less sit down and write a blog post…but I’m excited to share one of the highlights from the beginning of our summer.
For years, we have talked about taking a west coast road trip, specifically to see the Grand Canyon. So finally, at the end of June, the husband and I hopped on a plane with the kids and flew out to Arizona. Our idea was to fly in to Phoenix and rent a car to start our road trip. The entire vacation was to include the Grand Canyon, Hoover’s Dam, Vegas and LA.
Today, I’m sharing the first day of our trip. Bright and early on a Saturday morning, we flew from Ky to Phoenix. From there, we headed toward the Grand Canyon and enjoyed some of the sights along the way.
Our first stop along our road trip was Montezuma Castle. It’s one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. It’s a 20 room apartment in the limestone cliff. Can you imagine living in the side of a cliff? It was incredibly cool and very impressive.
My son Googled, “what to do if you see a rattlesnake” as we walked along the trail. We noticed an interesting communication…
After we left Montezuma Castle, we drove toward Sedona. The views were amazing and the red rock is gorgeous. The red color of the rock is due to the iron oxide that can be found in the sandstone. Exposure to the elements creates the rust color of the rock.
In Sedona, we stopped for dinner and later we finally made our way to the Grand Canyon. We actually arrived in the early evening, which actually worked out well. The crowds weren’t as bad and it was actually a little cooler than if we had arrived earlier in the day.
Once we arrived, we stopped at the visitor’s center and decided to ride the tram to the first stop. We found the trams to be the best way to get from each viewing spot. They ran every 15 minutes, which really gave us plenty of time at each stop, although we didn’t make it to every single viewing point available. We didn’t have the time and to be honest…the energy to do more than we did. But the areas we did make it to were the ones we really wanted to see, which worked out great for us.
At our first stop, we were greeted by some thirsty visitors…
Just as I expected, the views were breathtaking! It was so awe-inspiring and to be honest, words can not give it justice.
They say pictures are worth a thousand words… so enjoy…
At the end of the day, we watched the sun set over the canyon and our first day of our west coast road trip was finished. We stopped just outside the park for some dinner and spent the night at one of the hotels at the entrance to the Canyon. Day 1 was complete and it was fabulous!
You can find Day 2 of our West Coast Road Trip here… Have a great day!
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