Route 66 in Arizona

route 66, AZLooking for an nostalgic journey through Arizona? Jump on Route 66 to be instantly transported to a time when life was simple. It is the setting for the Disney movie Cars and Thelma and Louise.  Imagine yourself in a convertible, summer sun, listening to the radio and you’ll know the nostalgia this highway brings.

 

It’s the Main Street of America! Extending through eight states, it’s pavement runs the entire distance east to west through Northern Arizona. This section in Arizona is the most filmed strip of the entire distance.

 

Don’t take this path of you are in a hurry. The roads are less than desirable, with unrelenting curves and asphalt that’s seen better days but there are so many great stops along the way!  Pack your camera, ignore the clock, and grab a friend and head out on an incredible roadtrip.

 

Oatman

 

One of my favorites towns is Oatman. It’s not uncommon to have to slow for wild burrows roaming the town. You can buy treats for these burrows but they are wild so feed at your own risk. Oatman as founded after quite the gold mine find in 1915. Today, they keep it fun and enjoy the wild west atmosphere for tourists. If you’re there at high noon, be prepared for an showdown right out of the Wild West. Spoiler alert: the drunken bank robber never gets away from the town’s sheriff.

 

Peach Springs

 

For an touch of history, take a stop in Peach Springs, home of the Hualapai Indians. There are many ghost towns along the path, like Hackberry and Truxton. You;ll want to spend time roaming these ghost towns by foot.  This is “Radiator Springs” from Disney’s Cars movie.  Many people stop here before hiking Hualapai Hill, just eight miles from this little town.

 

Williams

 

66 will take you right through Williams, a favorite for many. With its throwback appeal and shopping, dining and lodging. Williams is known for being the setting in the movie, A Polar Express. Williams is also the gateway to the Grand Canyon.  Spend time here on the historic railroad tour, a drive through wildlife safari, or stay down town, walking through the streets of a town who works to keep a friendly place to come.

 

Sedona

 

You’ll enjoy the view of Sedona from your car but imagine what great sights from stopping to explore!  Sedona is gorgeous!  The route takes you up close and personal with some incredible red rock formations.

 

The Grand Canyon Caverns

 

These are not attached to the Grand Canyon but an elevator takes you below to see some incredible formations of underground formations.  Not many people can boast of hiking an underground trail.

 

The journey across main street of America is one you will never forget. It’s scenery is an mix of steep cliffs and low valleys. It’s a real desert experience with occasional ghost towns and many tourist attractions. If you can only fit a chunk of the route in, it’s worth every mile. Let us know of your travels around route 66 by contacting us, we would love to hear about it! This post about Route 66 was sponsored by the Harkins Camelview Movie Theater located in the Scottsdale Fashion Square.

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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!…