Last week Becky and I hopped in her BMW X3 on Thursday late afternoon and drove to Flagstaff, AZ to meet our son Conroy. We spent a quick night in a Holiday Inn Express and the next morning we took off for a one and a half hour drive to the Grand Canyon. Conroy had been there the day before doing some work for his job. Becky and I had never been to the Grand Canyon, so we figured we would take a quick trip to check it out.
It was pretty cool and definitely worth the trip. I decided that Becky and I are a bit spoiled having lived in Colorado for 27 years and having traveled all over the Southwest. I was thinking about the short list of cool places that we’ve seen in Colorado and the surrounding States with really cool places to check out.
We’ve ran the Aspen Marathon a few times, along with the Rim Rock Marathon in Fruita, CO, Estes Park and Steamboat Springs Marathons, the Moab Trail Marathon, the Ouray Marathon which is beautiful, the Leadville Marathon, the Salida Marathon, the Bear Lake Marathon in Idaho and Wyoming, the Tucson, Phoenix, Las Cruces and the Lost Dutchman Marathons, the San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Portland Marathons, and the San Antonio Marathon. Needless to say, we’ve seen some really cool spots on the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest over the years and now we can add the Grand Canyon to that list.
Once we arrived at the Grand Canyon we hung out for a while and checked out some of the sites. We hiked around a bit and then hopped back in our car for the trip back to New Mexico via Flagstaff, AZ and Interstate 40. If you’re going to go to the Grand Canyon make sure you arrive early because the cars start mounting up fast. Especially, the South Rim of the Canyon because it gets packed there with people wanting to take in the sites. It’s really spectacular with the views as you can see from these photos. If you’re going to visit there and you’re not camping, you might want to stay in Flagstaff, AZ like we did because it’s only about an hour and a half drive. Better yet, go to Sedona, AZ via a timeshare.
Flagstaff is a cool mountain town in Arizona with a University there, so there are some great little restaurants. We ate at this cool little place called Bandoleros 66 downtown and the beef brisket was amazing. I had their three taco combo and they were really good. I checked rates through our travel club and there are some deals to be had for a few nights stay in Flagstaff.
If you’re going to go for a full week in Arizona and you want to see the Grand Canyon, then I would suggest booking a timeshare through one of the exchanges, like Trading Places, RCI or Interval International and staying somewhere else. I checked out Trading Places and found this place called Sedona Springs Resort that looks pretty nice – click here for details. Sedona is only about a 2 hour drive to the Grand Canyon and also has some great things to do as a vacation destination. If you own a timeshare, you can drop your week with this exchange and they will often times give you a bonus week. If you join the travel club and start leveraging your timeshare like we are doing, these trips become way better as part of our business adventures.
Be sure and check out details on the travel club and how you can join for just $49 a year and as low as $50 to $65 a month for discounts on all things travel by clicking here. It’s a great way to leverage your timeshare or any of your travel adventures by being involved in this unique travel club as an agent for their company.1