As I mentioned in my last post, my family and I were in Scottsdale, AZ for my cousin’s wedding a couple weekends ago. Since none of us have been to the Grand Canyon, we decided to add it on to our trip. It’s roughly a 3-4 hour drive from Scottsdale, so by the time we arrived we only spent around 24 hours there before driving back to Phoenix.
When we arrived it was a lot chillier than we anticipated and incredibly windy so my mom and I had to go to a gift shop to buy sweatshirts so we wouldn’t freeze. After we dropped off our bags and grabbed some pizza for lunch, my dad, brothers, and I decided to explore and go on a hike on Bright Angel Trail. As we hiked down the canyon the wind disappeared and it began to warm up. The views were absolutely incredible! We kept stopping to take pictures which definitely ate up a good chunk of time, but I’m glad to have the pictures to remember to spectacular views.
We didn’t have enough time left in the day to hike to the bottom and back up to the top since we started in the late afternoon. They actually advise you against doing the full hike down to the bottom and back up in one day as it is more tiring than you would expect. Regardless I was happy with our hike. I got some exercise in while admiring the beauty of nature around me.
After the hike we got cleaned up and went to The Arizona Room for dinner which was delicious. Unfortunately I was lame and went to bed shortly after dinner. Between the time change and the hiking I just couldn’t fight to keep my eyes open.
The next day was a bit warmer and luckily the wind died down. We went to El Tovar Dining Room for a wonderful breakfast. This restaurant is located in one of the first hotels in the Grand Canyon and has giant windows looking out into the canyon. Before we headed back to Phoenix, we spent the day driving around to other areas of the canyon to experience different views. However, with how large the canyon is there was SO much I did not get to see. I will for sure be making another trip back to the Grand Canyon in the future and I will make sure I get to experience the full hike down to the bottom.
Any suggestions on where I should travel next?