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Grand Canyon Road Trip

We’re back for part two! If you missed the first installment of our anni-moon adventure, you can check it out here. And if you’re all caught up, here’s what we did next! I’m an absolute sucker for a road trip, so we just set out from Vegas to the Grand Canyon and stopped wherever we felt like it in between.

Some of the best adventures we found were on the old Route 66. If you have the time, definitely take the historic route. There are so many crazy little ramshackle towns and characters the whole way! (Just make sure you fill your tank in Kingman, because gas can be scarce and/or pricey.) My very favorite stop along the way was in Hackberry at the general store. At first glance it looks like a junkyard, but it’s an absolute treasure trove of kooky stuff and photo ops. There are old cars to check out, picnic tables for relaxing, maps where travelers mark their hometowns, weird memorabilia, and on and on. It was the best!

Old Route 66

Hackberry Route 66

We took our time and stopped in a few other little towns, but eventually I couldn’t contain myself anymore so we just made a beeline for the Grand Canyon. And when we got there, I was absolutely speechless.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

I mean, I knew it was big, but seeing it in person was almost impossible to comprehend. What a sight.

After the canyon, we spent the night in Flagstaff, which has a surprisingly awesome downtown area! There are tons of cute little restaurants — we had sushi at Karma and it was delish.

And that’s all she wrote! We logged about 1,200 miles over the three days, and every mile was worth it. It was a perfect celebration! And don’t laugh, but I’m already thinking about next year! What sounds like a good 2nd anni-moon? xoxo


9 comments

  1. Angel on said:

    Breathtaking photos!!

  2. chelsea on said:

    Thanks Angel! We had an amazing time!

  3. Jen on said:

    What a great trip! Did you start from the LA area? My husband and I haven’t been to the Grand Canyon yet either, and are dying to go. Your route actually looks do-able. How many days did it take you in total, and would you have done anything differently? :)

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Jen! Our trip was broken up like this:
      Day 1, LA to Vegas (4 hrs.).
      Day 2, Vegas to Grand Canyon (4 hrs. the short way, but we meandered). See canyon, spend night in Flagstaff (1 hr. from canyon).
      Day 3, GC to Vegas (4 hrs.)
      Day 4 Vegas to LA (4 hrs.)
      It actually worked out really perfectly and we wouldn’t have changed much! The only thing I’d say is if you stay at the Four Seasons, don’t spend the extra money for a mountain view room. The partial view would have been fine and saved us a couple of bucks. Otherwise, the trip was a winner!

      • Jen on said:

        it sounds great..! now all we have to do is figure out when we can get away for four days :) thanks for sharing!

  4. Miss B. on said:

    I agree, you can’t comprehend the massive + majestic-ness of the Grand Canyon until you are there, it is awe inspiring for sure!

    • chelsea on said:

      Truly! My husband kept asking me what I thought and I couldn’t find any words.

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