Going to chime in on the side of Sedona to stay for sure. Sedona has beautiful scenery and won't be nearly as cold that time of year. Sedona is definitely pricey, but very serene. There are lots of art galleries, and "woo woo" kinds of places around. Met my wife because she went to a Tarot card reader up there, next day she got on Match for the first time, and sent me an email...
Flag is an inexpensive truckstop to sleep at overnight on the way to: Grand Canyon, Powell, Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon.
Sedona is beautiful place to STAY and relax.
Fondest memory: Driving down to Sedona!
As we drove through the countryside towards Meteor Crater, we noticed cattle grazing in pastures running alongside the highway. Well, that's not so strange you might think.
However, there were no fences to be seen because Arizona has an open grazing policy.
Signs cautioning drivers that calves may be wandering the roadways, seemed so odd to us Northeasterners. We put fences around everything!
This was my story about my short detour over Route 66. I hoped you enjoyed reading it! This page is part of my roundtrip through the USA. I made an awesome trip through the Western part of the USA. Take a look at my USA page to read about the rest of this roundtrip.
I devided this travelstory into several chapters. My previous and next chapter are :
- Next page : Grand Canyon page
- Previous page : Death Valley page
Route 66.... the feeling of going back in time.... the feeling of the 50's, Rock and Roll, old cars... Did I say "Going back in time"???? Hahaha, yes I did! And we actually were back in time! All the time I was in Arizona, I thought it was one hour earlier, than it actually was. Hahaha, yes, I am sometimes a bit blonde!!!
when you enter Arizona from California or Nevada you have to watch your time! As you can see on the picture, you enter an other time zone. In Arizona it is 1 hour later. I didn't realize this until I was halfway through Utah :-)
Why go to route 66? I don't know! But we did go there and weren't disappointed.
But what did we expect :
- a a long lonely road
- Typical Arizona landscape (flat bare landscape, some bushes, rocks in the distance. You know: like in the cowboy movies!)
- Old American cars
- Memories from days gone past
- Small desolate villages
- Back to the fifties feeling
And that's what we got! We weren't disappointed because this is what we expected. There is really nothing to see or do here. It's just the feeling you have when driving this famous road.
If you're not dreaming about Route 66 I would say : stay on the main road. Otherwise do like us : take a minor detour and enjoy the feeling of Route 66.
I would take them to the caves around Flagstaff. There's plenty of GOOD caves up here and not a whole lot of people will tell you about them. I'd also have to take them to Snow Bowl. It's not the greatest place for snow sports, but it doesn't get as crowded as most other places.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Flagstaff was the first time it snowed. I've lived in Phoenix, and other warm places all my life, and I haven't really ever been able to experience falling snow.
The Canyon de Chelly and the WhiteHouse ruins are an hour away, cloes by reservation standards, and all off PAVED roads, also a Bonus HERE!
Fondest memory: The peace and quiet of my community of Pinon is awesome...the night skies are amazing, no lights from cars or streets to pollute...
Find a dirt road! Especially if you have a truck, or 4x4 vehicle. Dirt roads are everywhere around Flagstaff, and they lead to some of the areas most valued treasures. So, I'm not going to tell you what, or where they are, finding them will be half the fun!
I dont recommend this in the winter, as most primitive roads are impassable. Bring lots of water, food, a map, and a friend. Stay on main roads, tread lightly, and be aware of weather, and surroundings. Good luck!
I will give one hint. 'Woody Mountain'
Fondest memory: The beautiful location, clean air, great locals, general vibe of my hometown. The wonderful scent of moist aspens changing colors in the Inner Basin of the San Fransisco Peaks.
Experience the Natural Wonders of the area. San Fransisco Peaks, Wupatki National Monument, Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater, Ice Caves, Schultz Pass, and an area secret, Lockett Meadow.
Fondest memory: Clean air, clean water, clean living, low crime rate, small town.
Favorite thing: If I had to choose one thing to see near Flagstaff, it would have to be Walnut Canyon. Truly remarkable, this is a canyon on whose walls were built dwellings by ancient Native Americans (perhaps the Zuni??). At any rate, walk down a lot of stairs (couple hundred or so) and you can walk around the canyon and see the dwellings up close. Don't forget that you have to walk back up! It could be quite a bit of a climb if you're not used to that sort of exertion!
GrandGRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK to the North & US HWY 89 to SEDONA (to the SOUTH). If time permits, float the COLORADO RIVER FROM PAGE AZ TO LEE'S FERRY.
Grand Canyon is, well, let's just say if you were an atheist, after being at GRAND CANYON,you would have to question the existence of a higher deity when you leave.
HWY 89 SOUTH is one of the top ten drives in the country & takes you to another climatic & ecological zone.
The float trip down the COLORADO will bring you to a place of 'peace' and offer memories you'll carry for a lifetime. - It's a different world down there.
Fondest memory: The Flagstaff weather is awesome & the outskirts of the community are quite scenic.
Flightseeing over Grand Canyon is just AWESOME & floating down the COLORADO takes one to a whole new level -------> as does hiking the Canyon and surronding areas.
Favorite thing: HOLBROOK is an ideal home-base for your exploration of Northeastern Arizona. Whether your interest is the old west, Route 66, the Triassic period and the Petrified Forest National Park, or Indian Country, you will find that Holbrook will not only supply your needs but make you feel at home.
Favorite thing: Flagstaff ( Pop. ca. 47.000 ). Situated on the Colorado plateau, Flagstaff, Arizona is surrounded by the largest ponderosa pine tree forest in the world, scenic snow-capped mountains and breath taking views. Flagstaff is the largest city and regional center of northern Arizona. It is the county seat for Coconino County which is the second largest county in the United States ( 12 million acres ).
Favorite thing: These are the city's and village's we drove through and by. Manuelito, Lupton, Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, Holbrook, Joseph City, Winslow, Meteor Crater, Flagstaff
Favorite thing: Hidden Beauty Gallery offers an eclectic accumulation of international, museum quality fine art, antiques and elegant accessories. Inventory includes paintings, prints, furniture, Native American and Oriental art and crafts, rugs and religious art and artifacts.