Arizona is the perfect state for a weekend road trip. The highlight of this trip was seeing Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ! I flew in and out of Phoenix and put my Google map below. You can copy the map to your phone to use this as a guide and add to the map additional places that you want to see.
To copy the map:
- Click the Square in the top right-hand corner of the map
- This will bring you to the expanded view of the map. Click the 3 dots.
- Then click “Copy Map”
- You can rename the map
- Click “Ok”
The map is now available on your Google Maps and you can make edits to customize your trip. You can access it on your phone or computer. Click here for video instructions on how to use the Google maps.
Now let’s get to the good part- The road trip! You can read all about my day in Scottsdale in my last post. So, for this post, I am going to focus on Sedona, Page, and Flagstaff Arizona.
After a great time in Scottsdale, we hit the road towards Page, AZ. This weekend was a girls trip with my friends Diana and Katie. We really wanted to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, but it’s a 4.5-hour drive from Phoenix, so we split up the trip with a stop in Sedona on the way there and a stop in Flagstaff on the way back.
The car ride to Sedona was full of desert scenery and gorgeous views. We were woefully unprepared and didn’t bring a car charger for the road trip…opps. Also, we couldn’t get the Bluetooth to work, so we listened to the radio the whole way. Our first stop on the road trip was the Red Rocks State Park. The state park offered easy hiking trails and it was a great way to stretch our legs. The entrance fee is $7 per person.
After hiking around the park we went to see downtown Sedona. Downtown Sedona was a nice tourist town. It was a picturesque one street town with shops and restaurants. After reading yelp review for lunch spots we went to Indian Gardens Cafe & Market. You must stop here for lunch! The food was made with quality ingredients and the back patio is perfect.
After we stopped for lunch in Sedona we finished the drive to Page, AZ. There were not many places to stop on the way to Page, AZ after leaving Sedona so make sure you fill up on gas 🙂 . During the ride, the radio kept cutting out … lol. We kept trying to get the Bluetooth to work in the rental car, but did not succeed. To top it off, there was barely any cell signal. We were off the grid!
We made it to Horseshoe Bend just in time to see the Sunset. I recommend going for sunset or sunrise- what an experience! Horseshoe Bend is free to visit and it is a 3/4 Mile walk to the viewpoint from the parking area. Page, AZ was pretty cold in December. Their peak season is August-October.
Check out my photos below. Definitely still learning how to use my Canon DSLR. I have so much to learn about photography, blogging, and social media. Starting a blog has been such a fun adventure.
Once the sun set we headed to the hotel for the night. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in town. It was a simple hotel and good location. We started looking for places for dinner and realized just how small the town was. The restaurant selection in Page, AZ is nothing to write home about. Their top restaurant on Yelp was closed for the winter so we ate at State 48 Tavern.
We woke up early to see the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend! It was freezing, like 20 degrees.. brrrrrr. Northern Arizona is significantly colder than the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. For breakfast, we found a great crepe place, Canyon Crepes Cafe. Then we went to our Antelope Canyon tour- this was my favorite part of the trip.
To visit Antelope Canyon you are required to have a tour guide. We had a great experience with Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours. You need to book at least a month out to get a good time slot. You’ll want to visit during the summer around noon for best lighting.
It was really hard to capture the beauty of the Canyon in one photo. The tour splits you up into small groups of 8 or so and a guide leads you through the narrow path. The guide was informative about how to take pictures and had interesteing facts about each part of the Canyon. Overall, I would definitely go back and do it again!
We headed back to Phoenix to catch our flight after the Antelope Canyon tour. I wish we had more time to spend in Arizona, but there are only so many vacation days a year when you work in corporate America lol. Our last stop on the road trip was Flagstaff Arizona. If we had more time I definitely would have stayed overnight in this quaint ski town. It was adorable… straight out of a movie. We got lunch at Diablo Burger– a little pricey for a burger, but so worth it. Then we did a little shopping the center square. There were so many cute Cactus gifts! I bought some chip clips with cactuses painted on them to remember the trip.
I hope you enjoyed this overview of my road trip to Page, AZ! One good idea for a modification is to fly into the Las Vegas Airport, drive to Page, AZ and then fly out of Phoenix. This route is the same driving time and would allow you to see the Grand Canyon.
That’s all for now 🙂 For my next trip I am headed to Florida for Christmas, definitely expect a blog post.