I had only made one trip to the southwest before when I went to visit a college roommate, but since then her family has moved, so for this trip I really didn’t have a clear idea what to expect… but let me sum up the trip for you in one word: Awesome! Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Page were great cities with a laid back vibe. They are cities full of personality, beauty, sunshine, and delicious tacos. We were only in Arizona for a few days but managed to fit a lot of fun (and tacos!) into the trip.
Day 1 – Tacos in Scottsdale
All we had was breakfast, some coffee at the airport and we missed lunch, so we were starving by the time we got done at the Scottsdale Stadium.
For Dinner, we went to possibly the coolest restaurant I’ve ever been to, Diego Pops.
This place was amazing. The decor was nicely styled; a mixture of southwestern, art deco, and modern. In addition to indoor seating, it had a huge outdoor patio that was packed for happy hour.
We decided to go all out and order muchos tacos and the chips and guac.
As for the tacos, we really couldn’t go wrong. We got the braised green chili chicken taco, the plantain taco, and the shrimp taco, and they were all equally amazing.
Day 2 – Sedona
After our morning 10K we left Scottsdale and drove to Sedona.
While doing my research for this trip I knew that in Sedona there would be no better way to explore the desert than getting into a pink 4×4 and off roading it. That left me with only one choice: booking an off road adventure with Pink Jeep Tours Sedona.
I went with Pink Jeep because they offered and exclusive tour that took us through the Cayote Canyon area as well as along the “Scenic Rim” around Sedona.
Our tour began in “Downtown Sedona” where we met our driver and fellow passengers. We were quickly swept into our jeep and headed for the city limits. Within just a few minutes of our tour beginning, we were out of the city and headed towards the scenic rim of rocks that so beautifully surrounds the city.
View from noll on Airport Rd. we went about 20 minutes before sun set. As we were leaving everyone started pulling in. If you plan on going go early. Also, there’s a $3 charge for parking.
No words have ever made me happier. It was bumpy, rough, jostling, and awesome!
We didn’t stay in sedona for sunset because we wanted to go explore Jerome “ghost town” but by the time we made it to the town we were realized we were all really tired and ready to just get back to the hotel, but here are some shots I managed to get as we were leaving Sedona.
Day 3 – Lower Antelope Canyons and Grand Canyon
Early Sunday morning we checked out of the hotel and drove 4 hours out to Page. There we took at a tour to the Lower Antelope Canyon with Ken’s Tour.
I had a fantastic time on this tour. This was a quick, easy, and unforgettable adventure in Page.
It was about an hour and half long but worth every minute. When we got to the lot we checked in and waited about 15 minutes for our group to get called (Each group had about 15 members and a guide).
*the website says they allow backpacks, they won’t allow your backpack unless you have a hydration pack in it (unless your camelback tube is sticking out).
We walked out from the main building and down some stairs the canyon. As we descended below ground, one (terrifyingly small) step after another, I was convinced we’d left planet Earth.
This was def one of my favorite activities during this trip. The Canyon was incredible, around every turn there was different shade of beauty.
I can’t tell you enough…if you’re ever close enough to visit antelope canyon, you MUST go. I promise you won’t regret it.
Our last stop on Sunday was to the Grand Canyon National Park.
During the winter months the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is closed, so we went out towards the South Rim, which has incredible panoramic views of the Canyons.
We only stayed in the park for about two hours, which was not enough time. I’d love to come back and spend a few days at the Canyon to really explore it, but I thought the South rim was a great first visit.