4 Days in (Williams, Page & Sedona) Arizona

Grand Canyon

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.

Cibo

Cibo

From there we drove 3 hours to a town called Williams, AZ (a less expensive area than staying actually at Grand Canyon).From Cibo to Williams, AZ

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 😉 )

At Pine Country Restaurant

At Pine Country Restaurant

Pies at Pine Country Restaurant

Pies at Pine Country Restaurant

Williams is a cute little old school town. Route 66 runs right through the middle of it and if you don’t remember this tidbit of information you will certainly realize it once you get there.

Me & Jana

Me & Jana

Route 66 Store

Route 66 Store

After breakfast we were bound for the Grand Canyon. Drove a short hour straight up route 64.
From Williams, AZ to Grand Canyon

Along the drive to the Grand Canyon

Along the drive to the Grand Canyon

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.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

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).

Mom & me at Grand Canyon

Mom & me at Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Silly Jana in Arizona

Silly Jana

I couldn’t get enough.  I took easily 500 pictures, it was so beautiful.

Jana in Arizona

Jana

Left Grand Canyon around 4:30ish and drove to Page, AZ which was about 2.5 hours drive north.From Gran Canyon to Page, Arizona

Canyons along the way

Canyons along the way

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.

Ranch House Grille

Ranch House Grille

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.

Ken's Tours at Lower Antelope Canyon

Ken’s Tours at Lower Antelope Canyon

Stairs down to the canyon

Stairs down to the canyon

The same spot the National Geographic picture was taken

The same spot the National Geographic picture was taken

Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon

Us at Lower Antelope Canyon

Us at Lower Antelope Canyon

Very narrow walk paths

Very narrow walk paths

Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon

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.From Page to Sedona, AZ

Made a pit stop in Cameron along the way.

View from a pit stop in Cameron, AZ

View from a pit stop in Cameron, AZ

Made it to Sedona with plenty of daylight left for sightseeing.

Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

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.

Jana at the Bar - The Hideaway House

Jana at the Bar – The Hideaway House

The scene from our table wasn’t bad…

View from the Hideaway

View from the Hideaway

View from the Hideaway

View from the Hideaway

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.

Sedona

Sedona

Shopping in Sedona

Shopping in Sedona

Shopping in Sedona

Shopping in Sedona

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.

Two people who are done posing for my pictures, at Wildflower Bread Company

Two people who are done posing for my pictures, at Wildflower Bread Company

First official sightseeing thing we did was to visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross

**Helpful hints- volunteers are there to assist people by shuttling by golf cart.

...but we're walkers

…but we’re walkers

Sedona

Sedona

View inside Chapel of the Holy Cross

View inside Chapel of the Holy Cross

View from inside Chapel of the Holy Cross

View from inside Chapel of the Holy Cross

After that we drove around town.

View of Sedona

View of Sedona

And after that we drove to Airport Mesa to watch the sun go down.  Definitely a hot spot.

Tons of people

Tons of people

But worth it.

Sedona Sunset
Sedona Sunset
Sedona Sunset

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.

Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock

Walking up Hole in the Rock

Walking up Hole in the Rock

View from Hole in the Rock

View from Hole in the Rock

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)
The Wave
Visit Scottsdale
Visit Tucson
Stay in a cabin

Have you ever been to Arizona?  Where/What would you recommend to readers?

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