How cool is it that we have relatives that live in such a cool state that we can go visit?!
We recently took our first trip out west – to Arizona! This is the farthest west I or either of my girls have been.
We flew direct from TPA to PHX which was a 4 hour and 20 minute flight.
Here’s what we did on our whirlwind 4 days in Arizona!
Once we landed, we headed straight to In-N-Out! We don’t have these in Florida so I had to try it!
From Phoenix, we drove 2.5 hours to Flagstaff, which is known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon.
Our plan was to eat dinner and head to the Lowell Observatory, but our kids were so tired, they fell asleep in the car before we could get there (insert sad face). Next time!
We did head Downtown and had dinner at Mother Road Brewing Company, which served pizza from next door at Pizzicletta. We had an amazing fennel and shaved Brussels sprouts pizza while the kids had a normal marinara.
We stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, which had an amazing staff who helped us plan our visit. And included free breakfast, which we loaded up on before our big trip!
From there, we headed out to the Grand Canyon!! We drove up 89 through Navajo country and entered the Grand Canyon National Park. We drove to the East Rim, which is less busy than the South Rim, the rim the most people visit. It is often referred to as the Desert View.
The Desert View has a watch tower, which we climbed also. From there, we drove 22 miles alongside the canyon, stopping at various lookouts and viewpoints. Our favorite stop was probably Grandview Point, where we did a little hiking and got closer to the edge of the canyon.
From here, we drove through the Visitor Center and Village and parked and went to lunch in the Maswik Lodge where we ate lunch in the cafeteria and Eric finally got his Navajo taco!
We were pretty beat at this point (having stayed at the canyon for 5 hours) so we stopped at the gift shop, said hi to the mules at the mule barn and headed back to the car.
On the way, I saw a small pine sapling next to a pinecone and stopped to take a picture. What happened next was probably my favorite part of our trip. My girls decided to “protect” this little tree by surrounding it with pinecones, sticks and rocks. Emma even accidentally touched poop and we all had a good laugh and now we own the book Who Pooped in the Park? Good Times.
Once we left the Grand Canyon, we headed to Williams. This is where we finally got a Route 66 picture!! Even though we had driven on it in Flagstaff, there were no signs.
*Side note, this is how my daughter sings Route 66: “Get your kids on the road 66”
Here in Williams, we went to Bearizona, which is a drive-thru wildlife park. We saw Rocky Mountain goats, wolves, bears, bison and more! You have to roll up your windows for the wolves and bears! After the drive-thru part, you can go in the walk-thru area as well, which has a barnyard, foxes, bobcats and a jaguar! This was a nice break for us as we then continued on our way to Prescott.
Once again, by the time we got to our hotel, it was time for dinner and bed for our kiddos, so we didn’t get to explore Prescott too much, but I heard Whiskey Road is the place to be in Downtown! Once again, next time!
The next day was wedding day! But not before I ate cactus for breakfast!
The morning after the wedding, we headed back to Phoenix for the long ride home, but stopped on the side of the road so I could take a picture with a saguaro cactus!
While there is certainly a lot more to do, I think we packed quite a lot in 4 days! But we also have a lot of things we want to do next time!
Have you ever been to Arizona?
What would you add to the list?