USA Road Trip to Phoenix, Sedona and Grand Canyon
2nd September 2013.
We woke early, and we packed, out of the hotel by 7am. We headed of for our first major sightseeing destination, the Grand Canyon, however, we had decided that we couldn’t really bypass Sedona without taking a bit of a whistle stop tour around the town, and we are glad we did.
There were some great views all around us, the red rock and blue skies look stunning (it is called the Red Rock Valley).
We saw Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and The Chapel of the Holy Cross.
We hadn’t had anything to eat yet, so we had a late breakfast at a little place called HP Diner.
Typical American diner, with nice portions and friendly people.
We then decided to hit the road again, heading north towards Grand Canyon. We were going to drive on a twisty road called Schnebly Hill Road, but when we got there, it seemed nothing more that a dirt track, so as we needed to make good time, we decided against it.
2.5 hours later on our USA Road Trip to Phoenix, Sedona and Grand Canyon
It took us about 2.5 hours to get to our hotel, just 2 miles outside the park entrance. We made a slight detour on the way, due to erroneous sat nav programming!!
NPS charge $25 to get into the park, it wasn’t cheap, but we paid it.
Well, you just would, wouldn’t you? Then, it was all about enjoying all the wonderful views, and they were wonderful views.
I had been before but when I was about 7 I think, so probably didn’t appreciate it too much then.
We chose, as most people to, the South Rim and we looked at the usual places in and around the visitors centre. We then jumped on a shuttle bus to go to Mohave Point to see the sunset
We arrived an hour early to get a good set up position and we waited. Gradually over the next hour, the numbers arrived and by the time the sun set, officially at 6.56, there was quite a crowd!!
The sunset was not too spectacular, but still gave us wonderful views.
After the sun set it was off for the clamber to get onto the Shuttle bus. We managed to squeeze onto the second shuttle bus, which took us back to our car, for the short drive back to the Motel. Be prepared to wait for these, as predictably, everyone wants to leave at the same time!
We had dinner at a place called the Big E Steakhouse. Here, they had a stage and various mini shows going on while we were eating. We were in bed by 10pm, as we were getting up at 4am the next day to head back to Grand Canyon to see the sunrise!!
Enjoy the photos….