We got a very early start to hopefully make it to the Grand Canyon before it gets too crowded. On the left side of the road we saw Bedrock and we had to turn around and take a few pics with the Flintstones for Porscha! A short time later and we arrived at the Grand Canyon South Rim. Oh I should totally mention that before we went on the trip we decided to purchase The America the Beautiful Pass which gives you access to over 2000 federal recreation areas.
The South Rim path of the Grand Canyon is pet friendly. It was really wonderful to be able to experience the Grand Canyon together. I was completely awe struck by the Grand Canyon and truly felt how small we actually are. During our time there we were able to see the 2015 Celebration of Art gathering. There were several artists set up all along the South Rim path. It was very inspiring to see each of the perspectives. Note: Don't be rude! If you like a piece of art and are interested in the artist ask if pictures are okay before just snapping away.
A short while later and we arrived at the Grand Canyon South Rim. We parked the car and followed along the paved pet friendly path. The views are indescribably beautiful and unimaginably vast! You realize how little we are in comparison and how there is so much more to be seen in the world.
After a few hours wandering around the South Rim we stopped into the gift shop. I don't think I've mentioned this yet but on Fred's carrier he has patches from his travels. In every city and/or state park we visited during this road trip we would pick up a new patch for him.
Next we drove the Desert View Drive and headed north to Moab UT. Once we were away from the Grand Canyon the scenery was a little on the boring side and we knew we had about an 8 hour drive to Moab so we just focused and kept stops to a minimum.
We finally arrived in Moab and drove past the city to our residence for the next couple of days Moab Under Canvas. I had heard finding the campsite was a little difficult but we found it easily. Once you get out of town you first pass a gas station on the right, then a drive way. At 12:33 in the video below you will see a Tee Pee on the right hand sign for Moab Under Canvas. The next paved right is the entrance!
For my full review of Moab Under Canvas visit here.
Here are a couple more videos from Days 1 - 6 of our Road Trip!
We had some tough decisions to make! Yesterday we missed out on Santa Fe because we did so many Route 66 stops. Today we knew we wanted to visit Montezuma Castle National Monument and Sedona AZ. In order to do that we would have to skip a lot of our road side attractions. One attraction we couldn't miss was the new addition of the Musical Road on Route 66 in Tijeras NM. Extremely unique!
In Camp Verde AZ you must stop and visit Montezuma Castle National Monument. The park and store is pet friendly in fact all of the staff we met absolutely loves dogs! Inside the park it's a short walk to the cliff dwellings, picnic area, and the river front. Inside the store you will find lots of little souvenirs.
Afterwards we headed north to Sedona AZ. Sedona is like a magical oasis to me. There is something about the red rocks, the architecture, the people and the food that really resonated with me. We wandered through the shops and gallery's (which were extremely pet friendly) and found some beautiful sculptures, pieces of art, and natural red rock gifts. For dinner we had an amazing meal on the pet friendly patio at Creekside Sedona. For my full dinner review visit here.
We made one last stop at Whole Foods in Sedona AZ for supplies for our camping nights in Moab UT before heading north. The road we took to Flagstaff was definitely one of the prettiest and probably scariest (for me being afraid of heights lol). Luckily it started to get dark and so what you can't see can't scare you. We checked into the DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff hotel and settled in for the night. For my hotel review visit here.
Today was an incredible day of sightseeing. We left Oklahoma City very early and made our way back onto Route 66. The first stop of the day was Lucille's Famous Rte 66 Gas Station in Hydro OK. A little further down the road is Oklahoma Route 66 museum in Clinton OK. Unfortunately, we couldn't go in with Fred but the it was interesting to stop and see the grounds. Our last stop in Oklahoma was in Erick at the eclectic Sand Hills Curiosity Shop.
Continuing on our path of Route 40 we entered Texas! We have only stopped over in Ireland once for a Guinness. Naturally when we heard that a piece of the Blarney Stone was in Shamrock TX we added it in as one of our stops. While in Shamrock we also drove by a restored Conoco Fuel Station. Near Route 207 and Route 40 is a stretch of Route 66 that is unique to drive and get a feel of how it once was.
Thanks to family and research we knew of a few places that had to be stopped at in Amarillo TX. First up was The Big Texan Steak Ranch for some souvenirs and pictures. We were hoping to enjoy some BBQ at Tyler's BBQ but it seems they had to unexpectedly close that day. We did some quick searches on the internet and decided to give Rudy's BBQ a try. We were glad we did! For my full review of our lunch visit here. After lunch was definitely one of our coolest stops! We visited Cadillac Ranch for some pictures and also took away some inspiration.
Back in the car we continued west to New Mexico! We made our way to Tucumcari NM. A historic Route 66 town that offers friendly people, unique signs, and a feel of the past. Greg and I would love to move to this town and help revitalize part of it. Tucumcari really has a special feel. At Tee Pee Curios we did some pet friendly (in his carrier) souvenir shopping. Afterwards we drove through the town just snapping a couple of pictures of the historic signs.
After Tucumcari we made our way to Santa Fe NM. We completely wish we had more time to explore this amazing city. Santa Fe offers tons of beautiful architecture, scenery, friendly people, delicious food, and lots of unique shops. We checked into our hotel Hilton Santa Fe (right in the center of town) which we highly recommend. For my full hotel review visit here. The three of us dropped off our luggage and headed out for some sightseeing. One of the coolest moments of our day was when Fred (yes thanks to Fred) introduced us to Mark Margolis (actor) who was enjoying the weather with his wife in the park.