Hello fellow travelers! We have an exciting adventure article set up for you today, and it’s all about Arizona! If you’re looking to take the family (or maybe even just yourself) on a 2-3 day stateside trip, then we have the trip for you. Our very imaginative Creative Director, Patrick, is a travel passionate husband and father of three. This guy knows how to “road trip,” so we got him to share one of his favorite adventures with us – now we can’t wait to share it with you.
So buckle up, because we’re about to drop some serious insider Arizona knowledge right in your lap. National parks, where to eat, where to sleep, it’s all there! Read on to see how you can have an awesome adventure in just 2-3 little days, and live your best summer life.
Patrick and his sweet family started their Arizona adventure in Flagstaff. So if you’re looking to follow this guide by the book we’ve got a few options to help you start. There is a small airport in the city of Flagstaff (FLG), if that’s where you want to begin, but it offers very few airline options. So we’d recommend starting in Pheonix (PHX), and grabbing your rental car there.
Once you’ve either got your wheels, or have touched down in the city, make your first move by heading over to Flagstaff’s main strip. Historic downtown is really cool, in fact, Patrick regrets not spending enough time there! What he did get to do though, was hangout a Firecreek Coffee.
It’s a really cute coffee shop on the strip that also offers alcohol. Stop by for a quick caffeine or cocktail pick-me-up, or stay for one of the many concerts hosted in its full stage venue out back. There’s plenty of fun things to experience and see in this small town, so don’t miss a thing. History buffs especially will love the Route 66 nostalgia or the museums and attractions dedicated to the city’s Native American culture and old west legacy.
After you head out of Flagstaff, and before you start heading down to Sedona (down the scenic byway of course) make sure you stop at the scenic lookout. It’s beyond worth it, says Patrick. Besides taking in the stunning view you can peruse the goods sold by street vendors there. They’ve got a great collection of Native American pottery, art, and jewelry.
After that, but before you get to actual Sedona (and the traffic gets crazy) stop at the Indian Gardens. It’s a great local spot you won’t want to miss. They have great food, craft coffee, and a patio backed up against the red rock mountainside. Since you are still in the mountains, you can join the locals across the street for a lunch in the forest next to a beautiful stream.
After a quick visit to Sedona (or a long one, depending on how much you love it – which it’s hard not to) it’s just under two hours to get to Grand Canyon National Park. Patrick stayed at The Lodge, which according to him had a great restaurant on the property. If you’re not one for hiking, he recommends at least hiking the rim. It’s an easy, paved trail. You can go as far as you would like. He doesn’t remember the actual length of the trail, but it is full of lookouts and you are free to turn around at any time.
After the Grand Canyon, it’s under two hours to Page, Arizona, and Patrick promises that we won’t want to miss this location. There’s nature abundant, great stays, and great food. Check out Fiesta Mexicana per Patrick’s recommendation, then stay right on the rim’s edge at El Tovar.
According to him, that Antelope Canyon picture we’ve all seen offered as a system desktop background on our computer (both Mac and PC) and featured in National Geographic is at this location, and in person, it’s even more unbelievable.
Now when it comes to hiking the Grand Canyon, you will have two options. You can do the upper canyon or lower. Upper is an easier walk for anyone afraid of heights. Patrick took his nine-year-old and went for the Lower Canyon knowing it was the more famous section to see. There were multiple staircases to aid his decent into the slot canyon, so the climb wasn’t near as bad as he thought it would be.
If climbing and maneuvering the tricky terrain isn’t your thing, you can instead take a boat tour into a section of the canyon on the Colorado river.
Before you leave Page, don’t miss Horse Shoe Bend for a look at an 800+ foot drop strait down into the Colorado River. Patrick said it was really amazing. Do be prepared for a little hike to the rim (maybe about 10-15 minutes), but it’s totally worth it. Just make sure you bring water.
Did we spark your wanderlust yet? We hope so, it sure got us emotional! We can’t tell if it’s Patrick’s great photography skills or the adorable kiddos in said photos that makes us want to cry. Do you have anything you’d add to this guide? If so please comment below! Until next time, Interliners, safe travels and keep your eyes on the skies!
Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)
Emily is the Content Marketing Manager here at ID90 Travel. An avid non-rev flyer (she grew up in the industry), and passionate private pilot, Emily can’t get enough of all things aviation. When not writing awesome ID90 Travel content she can be found on a Texas patio, being one with nature, or annoying her ID90T co-workers with her many, many, crowdsourcing questions.