Travel Tuesday: Flagstaff Arizona & The Grand Canyon
Time for another installment of #TravelTuesday! I’m excited to recap our time in Flagstaff, Arizona and the first day we spent at The Grand Canyon. These were two of my favorite stops on the trip. Flagstaff is probably now my favorite U.S. city. It was so quaint with beautiful views and phenomenal weather. Additionally, if you’ve never been to the The Grand Canyon, don’t make the mistake of downplaying it in your head. It is beyond worth the trip and something you cannot understand until you see it in person.
Flagstaff, AZ is the definition of perfection in my mind. It’s a small college town, but not too small with local shops and restaurants, and within driving distance of some of America’s most amazing sites. We talked with a local who owned Vino Loco, a wine shop, who said they are one of the few US cities in which you can count on experiencing all four seasons. They have very mild summers and pretty intense winters. He even said some winters they have up to several feet of snow. While we were there it was in the high 50’s to mid 60’s and just a week or so before they had a few inches of snow. Based on what he said, I’d say their weather can be a bit unpredictable like ours, making me feel right at home.
The town itself was pretty small. There were several outdoor stores, boutiques, book stores, and coffee shops. Since we weren’t in Flagstaff for very long, we made a pit stop at Firecreek Coffee Company for coffee and a cookie. The rest of our time, for the most part, was spent walking around the town and exploring it. There were quite a few murals and other street art to see. Although it's a pretty small town, it was fun to see what they had to offer and hear from a local about how awesome it is to live there. I wouldn’t mind venturing out there to live at some point.
Once we explored the town for a bit, we drove up the mountain for a view that the wine shop owner said we wouldn’t want to miss. The road we took up led to the Arizona Snowbowl ski lodge, which is one of the main attractions near Flagstaff. Typically Flagstaff is very busy in the winter because of the lodge being so close. We did not venture all the way to the lodge, but we were able to view the highest point in the state, Mount Humphreys, as well as an overview of the mountain range and Flagstaff. This was the first really awesome view we saw on the trip, and they just got better from here.
After spending some time in Flagstaff, we moved on to one of the biggest highlights of the trip, and probably the thing I was most excited to see. The Grand Canyon.
I don’t know about you, but The Grand Canyon had been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I had seen countless photos of it and I just knew it had to be even more breathtaking in person. Boy was I right. There aren’t even words to describe the beauty of The Grand Canyon. The sheer magnitude of it cannot be captured in photos. If you ever look at a photo of it and think, that can’t be that great, that’s because you haven’t seen it in person.
We visited the South Rim, which after further research, I discovered is the most accessible section of The Grand Canyon. We did not go prepared for terribly strenuous hiking, so we were not sure how much there would be for us to do. The South Rim offers a walking path along the edge of the canyon where you can see beautiful views. If you’re feeling really brave, you can even venture out onto some of the cliff areas for a less obstructed view. We were able to sit on the edge of the canyon and take in the sunset one evening. Seeing the color of the rocks change as the sun went down was really incredible.