4 Days in Arizona
Our trip to Arizona was amazing. Grammy (my mom), Jana (my daughter) began our roadtrip in Phoenix, then to Williams, on to Page, to Sedona and back to Phoenix in just 4 days. We saw some incredible sites and made some great family memories. We were prepared for a lot of driving so averaging 3 hours a day was expected. It was busy busy but also a really wonderful time. It’s hard to pinpoint my favorite part of the trip…the pictures I took at Antelope Canyon were amazing.
4 days in Arizona at a glance-
The evening we arrived in Phoenix, AZ:
– Dinner at Cibo
Day 1: in Williams, AZ
– Breakfast at Pine Country Restaurant
– Visited Grand Canyon
Day 2: in Page, AZ
– Breakfast at Ranch House Grille
– Upper Antelope Canyon Tour
– Drove to Sedona, AZ
– Dinner at the Hideaway House
Day 3: in Sedona, AZ
– Lunch at Wildflower Bread Company
– Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross
– Scenic driving
– Went to Oak Creek Brewery & Grill
– Drove to Airport Mesa to watch the sun go down
Day 4: in Sedona, AZ
– Drove along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) on our way back to Phoenix, AZ
– Visited Hole in the Rock
– Departed the state of AZ
Day 1 Arizona
Upon arriving, quite late Friday evening, we set out to visit an Italian restaurant called Cibo, not far from the airport. The food was very good and the ambiance was nice. It’s a little house that’s been converted into a restaurant so it’s in a neighborhood. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
**Helpful Hints- The area may seem a bit sketchy but the street is well lit and feels safe. If there’s no parking on the street, there is a lot just catty corner of the restaurant.
Day 1 (Saturday):
Upon waking in Williams, I consulted with Yelp on where to eat breakfast. The town is so small so there are limited choices. We ended up at Pine Country Restaurant which is known for their pies (yes, we had pies in addition to our breakfast, of course 😉 )
After breakfast we were bound for the Grand Canyon. Drove a short hour straight up route 64.
Got to the Grand Canyon about 12 noonish (but I recommend getting there much earlier for better views and to beat the crowds).
**Helpful hints- $22 per vehicle entrance fee. Once you park, walk around the area, then get on the (free) shuttle that drops you at all the stops. Favorite stops were at the main parking area/entrance and Hopi Point. Bring snacks.
Even though it was a nice cool day, I was quite hot in the black sweater I was wearing. I suggest something lighter and perhaps a light top with a button-sweater over (if the average temp is 60’s and sunshiny).
I couldn’t get enough. I took easily 500 pictures, it was so beautiful.
Page is a bit of a sleepy town. There isn’t too much going on but it’s a good place to park it for the night.
Day 2 (Sunday):
Tasty breakfast (thank you, Yelp) at Ranch House Grille not far from our hotel.
Then onward to our already booked tour to do Antelope Canyon.
After much research, the most suggested canyon to visit was the Lower Antelope Canyon (v.s. the Upper Antelope Canyon). Ken’s Tours was also highly recommended and we were very glad we went with them.
**Helpful hints- Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Tight areas to walk through. Let the guide change the settings on your iPhone if they ask. Make sure you tip.
If we would have had more time in Page, I would have liked to have gone to Horseshoe Bend but Grammy doesn’t do much hiking so we opted out of that…but it’s definitely on my bucket list!
Got in the car and drove to Sedona, which was about 3 hours back south.
Made a pit stop in Cameron along the way.
Made it to Sedona with plenty of daylight left for sightseeing.
If you’re looking for an affordable yet nice hotel in Sedona, I highly recommend Arabella Hotel. It was very nice and convenient to everything. They offer a very basic continental breakfast so for the 3 of us that was a nice perk.
**Helpful hints for Sedona- most places close early. Traffic can actually be bad in some areas and during peak hours.
We had dinner at The Hideaway House. Most restaurants in Sedona are pricey so I was looking for something nice yet affordable for a family of 3. So many reviews raved about the female bartender (I forget her name but she’s there in the background of the picture below). We weren’t planning on sitting at the bar but our table on the back patio wasn’t ready, so the adults had a drink. Bartender indeed was very friendly and a manager we chatted with was friendly as well.
The scene from our table wasn’t bad…
but the food was just ok and the waitress was mediocre. They were out of the wine I had ordered so the waitress said “I’ll just bring you the —- wine (I forget the name)”. I said “ok”. The bill came and the glass of wine was $3 more than the one I ordered. I worked in the restaurant industry for a long time so I sort of have specific expectations. She should have either mentioned that the wine would cost more or she should have charged me the same price of the wine I ordered. Not a really big deal, however, another issue was that there was a long hair found inside of my mom’s lasagna. Obviously this is not the fault of the waitress but she happened to be standing there when my mom discovered the hair yet she didn’t say anything. Then she forgot about us for a while. Not terrible stuff, just memorable.
Day 3 (Monday):
After our free continental breakfast, we set out to tour the town. We did a bit of shopping in the main area and also went by the visitor center link. I hadn’t really planned out this part of the trip (since I had envisioned this to be the most relaxing part of our trip with no concrete plans…but who are we kidding, I’m not sitting in a hotel room all day) so we sought advice from the visitor center.
We were ready for an early lunch. Wildflower Bread Company (a local chain) was a quick walk from where we were and was highly rated on Yelp. We were very glad we chose that place. It was crowded (usually a very good sign) and the food was delicious. If you are lucky enough, like us, you would end up outside. The views are breathtaking. I highly recommend Wildflower.
First official sightseeing thing we did was to visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
**Helpful hints- volunteers are there to assist people by shuttling by golf cart.
After that we drove around town.
And after that we drove to Airport Mesa to watch the sun go down. Definitely a hot spot.
But worth it.
Day 4 (Tuesday): We had breakfast and made our way down Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), on the way back to Phoenix to catch our flight.
Upon arriving to the airport, we made one last stop at Hole in the Rock. It’s a fun FREE activity for the kids to do if you’ve got time to spare.
Then a short drive to the PHX airport to catch our flight home.
While you should definitely spend a bit more time in each of the different places we visited, we did a lot in a short amount of time. I definitely plan on returning to Arizona to see some other cities. It’s truly a very beautiful state.
Places I’d like to go next visit-
Horseshoe Bend (Page, AZ)
Cathedral Rock (Sedona, AZ) (and several other hiking spots)
Take a Jeep tour (Sedona, AZ)
Painted Desert (Petrified Forest National Park)
Stay in a cabin
Have you ever been to Arizona? Where/What would you recommend to readers?
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