Explore the Grand Canyon, Arizona

grand canyon, arizonaDid you know that the Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World?  Yes, it is one of seven of the world! How crazy is that? And it’s located right here in Arizona.  Both Nevada and Colorado like to claim it, but it’s really located right in Arizona. The canyon is 277 miles long. Just a short 4-hour drive from Scottsdale or a 45 minutes Helicopter ride from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon has a lot to offer photographers, hikers, and curious minds.


Ways to Explore


The Grand Canyon offers many different ways to explore its breathtaking views.  For those who are not afraid of heights or flying, you have the option of taking either a plane ride, balloon ride or even Helicopter rides over the canyon. You can also explore the Canyon floor by either walking, biking, hiking, or by taking a mule ride to the bottom. For those more adventurous they also offer river rafting tours which provides a wide variety of scenic views.


South Rim


The South Rim is about a four hour drive time north of Scottsdale and is where the main visitor center is located. The South Rim is open year round for those who are interested in traveling and exploring what it has to offer. There are numerous amounts of hiking trails and beautiful views of the canyon. Some of the most popular viewing spots are located at Mather Point, Hopi Point, and Ooh Ahh Point. But the most popular hiking trail is located in Bright Angel Trail. There is also a wide variety of attractions such as the Tusayan Museum, an IMAX theater, ranger led programs, shopping, food, and much more.


North Rim


For those of you interested in visiting the North Rim, be aware that it is only open from Mid-May to Mid-October. The North Rim offers a more peaceful experience to those looking at traveling and the nice part is, it’s only 6 ½ hours from Scottsdale, just a short drive longer past the South Rim. It too offers similar attractions such as its own visitor center, ranger led programs, food, lodge and campgrounds. The most popular viewpoint is Cape Royal.


West Rim


The West Rim is also open for traveling year round. The West side is not as busy as the South Rim but does get lots of visitors who are attracted to the Skywalk. If you’re afraid of heights, you might want to skip taking a walk out on the Skywalk as it is a horseshoe shape glass bridge that offers spectacular views 4,000 feet above the river bottom below.


The best time to explore the Grand Canyon is from Late Fall to early Spring when the temperatures are more welcoming for us visitors. Summer time the temperatures can get quite hot. Always remember to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and appropriate clothing, especially if you’re looking at taking a hike down the trails. But don’t worry, if you forget something or run out, there are plenty of grocery stores, shops, and restaurants around. Just don’t forget your camera. This blog post featuring the Grand Canyon has been sponsored by Best Mesa Carpet Cleaning. Best Mesa Carpet Cleaning offers the cheapest carpet cleaning in Mesa AZ so be sure to give them a call when you need your carpets cleaned!…

Exploring Sedona, Arizona

sedona, arizonaSedona is praised as being one of the most beautiful places in America. How you ask? Well, it has so many natural wonders to offer everyone of different travel types, ranging from photographers to yoga enthusiast, and adventure seekers. Sedona is surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land making it a popular destination. One reason for being famous is its many red rocks of sandstone. Red Rocks are famous for hiking in which it has hundreds of trails to explore, taking pictures, meditate, and even watch the sunset.


There are many ways to enjoy the landscape. There is hiking, biking, climbing, taking an ATV or buggy, rafting, shopping, enjoying galleries and even taking a helicopter or hot air balloon ride. Some even like to take a jeep tour through Sedona’s trails. There are limitless options for enjoyment. Tours are very popular as you’re able to learn more about the culture, spirituality, history, and adventure. Tours allow visitors a chance to be a part of what makes this place special.


Sedona can be divided into four areas; Uptown, West Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, and Oak Creek Canyon. Uptown consists of the touristy shops. West Sedona has the grocery stores and shops that gear towards the locals. The Village of Oak Creek offers some spectacular restaurants and is close to Bell Rock where you can hike and bike. If you love to hike, West Fork Trail is the most scenic and adventurous hike here but keep in mind you may have to cross waist deep creek water at one point and is highly recommended during the fall. Oak Creek Canyon provides cabins, bed & breakfasts and many other attractions. In the later months of summer, the blackberries become very ripe and juicy.


A few of the top attractions in Sedona are Cathedral Rock, Oak Creek Canyon, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross.  Cathedral Rock is one of most photographed sights in Arizona. It consists of a very short but difficult trail which requires climbing between the saddle points. During full moons, there’s usually a drum circle at Cathedral Rock. Oak Creek Canyon is described as a smaller Grand Canyon because of its beauty and for that reason is the second most popular destination in Arizona. Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of Sedona’s most known religious’ structures. It is built into the side of the famous red rocks which provides the most beautiful scenery and sunsets around.


Sedona not only offers rugged attributes, but also offers luxury as well. It is also considered to be a place of healing which attracts yoga enthusiasts from all over. Sedona is known for being the heart of healers and therapists and energy workers from all over the world come here to practice. You can choose massages that either allow you to relax in nature surrounded by creeks, trees, and flowers or choose more luxurious spa experience at some of the resorts.
Sedona is full of hidden gems. People come re-visit it time after time again as there is always something they have failed to explore.…

Explore Tombstone, AZ

tombstone, azOne of my favorite movies to watch growing up was Wyatt Earp. Something about the history of the old wild west and gun fights intrigued me. And where is the best place to visit to feel as if you’re back in history? Tombstone, Arizona! Just imagine walking those same streets where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Johnny Ringo and Ike Clanton all had gun fights.

The most well-known gun fight happened in 1881 at the OK Corral and only lasted 30 seconds long between Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp and Wyatt’s friend Doc Holiday. It left Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury mortally wounded. Might not be a surprise to most people but Tombstone is the most authentic Western town left in the United States. Many people still live in Tombstone who’s families have lived there throughout history. For this reason, Tombstone is called “The town too tough to die”.

Today Tombstone offers many historic attractions displaying the history of their town filled with saloons, outlaws, gunfights, and silver. A popular attraction that brings in visitors each year is the ability to reenact a gunfight. Heck yes! Hand me a gun and let me start shooting! Tombstone offers many options throughout the town, one being at the OK Corral. Visitors love the excitement of these gun fights which many of the shows include comedy. But there’s a lot more to Tombstone history than gun fights. Tombstone actually became about from the mining. Many of men flocked to the area to mine.

Tombstone was founded back in 1877 by Ed Schieffelin who was out looking for silver. He would go adventure out and be warmed by other soldiers that the only rock he would find would be his own tombstone. He did find silver which he called the first mine “The Tombstone”.

During this time, The Bird Cage Theatre was opened and operated between 1881 and 1889.  It was a mixture of theater, saloon, gambling parlor and brothel. It originally hosted parties for the respectable women of Tombstone, but later appealed to the rough mining crowd. It had a reputation to be one of the wickedest theaters. You can find more than 120 bullet holes throughout the building. Today it is rumored that the brothel and gaming house is to be haunted by spirits from the past. They offer nightly ghost tours for those who are not afraid.

Another popular attraction is the Boot Hill Cemetery. Boot Hill was a common name used to call the burial grounds which consisted of cowboys who died with their boots on, either by gun shots or hangings. Boot Hill, previously known as Tombstone Cemetery, holds over 300 buried bodies, some of which are Billy Clanton, Frank and Tom McLaury who were killed in the OK Corral gunfight.

There is so much history available at your fingertips here in Tombstone. Many of the original buildings are still in place.  Experiencing all it has to offer can fulfill any child’s or grown-ups dream of being a cowboy, outlaw, or sheriff.…