MY FIRST TRIP TO ARIZONA
Summer's already here and the first trip I took was to Arizona! We stayed for about 6 days, but we visited 4 citites/towns. It was a crazy trip but I loved every second of it!
Arizona is burning hot. I thought it was hot in Miami but Arizona is more of a "conventional oven" type of hot. As soon as we stepped out of the airport the heat wave automatically hit us; I somehow prefer the dry Arizona heat over the humid Miami heat though.
We landed in Phoenix, from there we drove about 2 hours to Flagstaff, on to our first hotel. We'd stop anywhere we thought was cool so the 2-hour drive ended up being a bit more. I expected everything to be dry and brown, and I wasn't wrong but the beauty of the desert made me feel like I was in a movie.
Eventually, we ended up going to the Montezuma Well, a beautiful +- 65ft "pool" with no other life but leeches. There were multiple trails leading down but the coolest one had been closed off due to Bat breeding season. The trail we were allowed to go on was the most beautiful one I'd seen, it honestly looked like I was crossing into Narnia.
Our hotel in Downtown Flagstaff was beautiful, at night we'd walk around and different bars and live theatres would light up the streets. It was also a lot more breezy in Flagstaff with the highest being around 74 degrees the first few days.
Our next stop was Tusayan, a small little town right in the entrance of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Tusayan was nothing like what we expected. The town had 1 gas station, 1 general store, about 4 restaurants, 2-3 hotels, and a few souvenir stores. We were shocked at how small and expensive everything was. Gas was $4 and a small pint of milk was $10.
We did some research and found that Tusayan has a population of around 500 people, kind of crazy for a town so close to The Grand Canyon!
The nearest Walmart was 2 hours away...
The Grand Canyon was beautiful! It looked just like a painting, if I'm being honest I totally underestimated it. I never thought it'd be as breathtaking as it was. We walked the south rim and it took us about 2 and a half hours. Some sections were fenced off but some of the scariest, steepest parts weren't. I saw hundreds of people climbing down rocks and trying to make their own trails so they could take amazing pictures. (I almost went but chickened out last minute....)
While staying in Tusayan we went to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, they were both so beautiful. Antelope Canyon has two parts, the top part and the lower part, both which are extremely sacred to the Navajo tribe. So sacred that you're not allowed to visit Antelope Canyon without a Navajo tour guide. They explain to you the history of the canyon and give you some great tips on taking pictures inside.
Antelope Canyon is actually a slot canyon, it's not the only one but it is to my knowledge one of the most famous ones. The same day we went to Antelope Canyon, Kourtney Kardashian had been there a few hours before...
Horseshoe bend was basically down the street so missing it wasn't on our plan. It was definitely worth it. The day before we got to visit, a part of a rock gave way and someone, unfortunately, lost their life. I think hearing about that made me realize how scary this all is. I'd been sitting too close tot he edges to get that specific picture but its all extremely dangerous.
We spent 3 days in Tusayan and drove back to stay in Flagstaff one more day before going back to Phoenix.
On our way, we stopped by Sedona, a beautiful small little town that resembles Disney world but with 10x the heat. The fact that everything red or brown, I think made me even hotter. What was funny about Sedona is that the world only blue Mcdonald's arch is located there. It's a crazy tourist attraction and people love posing in front of the arch.
Arizona was great and I'm so thankful I got to spend one crazy week with the people I love!
Coconino national forest