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Summer Road Trip - Phoenix to LAX

Year: 2010


Summer Road trip 2010

This summer our family chose a Western USA Road Trip for our Vacation.

We arrived in Pheonix, Arizona to the balmy temperature of 118F but NO Humidity. We ventured through the Cactus Studded highway to the Red Rock Canyon of Sedona. What an amazing view! We stayed at the Enchantment Resort buried deep into the canyon. It is one of the most serene places on Earth. The Casita Villas were embedded right into the Canyon walls with a terrace view of the Sunset.

Now heading north we made a pit stop at Slide Rock – a Natural Rock Waterslide and Bedrock – home of the Flintstones, finally ending at a place I have “Dreamed” of visiting my whole life – one of the Seven Wonders the World – the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It certainly did not disappoint me. I was amazed at how huge it was and how Beautiful. We spent 2 days by car and “Free” shuttle exploring all 5 of the trails –stopping an nearly all of the “Lookout Points” as every one displayed a new excitement. The Sunset over the Canyon was beyond anything I had seen. We then drove several hours to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon …do not take the Buck n’Doe Road …where the Hualapai Indian Tribe have constructed the “Skywalk” – a Glass Bottom Horseshoe Walkway extending over the canyon wall … looking straight down 7,000 ft.

It was now time to leave the Peace and Tranquility of Arizona and hit Las Vegas , Nevada!!! The flashing lights and ringing bells of slot machines brought on a whole new excitement. We stayed at Planet Hollywood in the heart of the “Strip”. I had the opportunity to visit 14 of the Resorts and most of what they had to offer. There is never a lack of entertainment. I was able to experience the Gondolas of the Venetian, the Eiffel Tower of Paris, the Secret Gardens and erupting Volcano of The Mirage, the Lion Exhibit of MGM, the Roller Coaster of New York New York, the Bellegio Fountains and the Pirate Adventure of Treasure island to name a few. We also went to the Stratosphere and did several Thrill rides Dangling over the edge of the 1,149 ft tower and then did the Fremont Street Experience. The shows are also plentiful … we saw the Blue Man Group , Mystere – Cirque du Soleil and the Variety Show. It was all pretty exciting but the Best Experience of all was the Maverick Helecopter Ride over the Hoover Dam, Lake Meade and into the Western Rim of the Grand Canyon …landing near the bottom on the Colorado River. AWESOME!!! A do not miss for sure!

Now leaving the excitement and the HEAT … we arrived in San Diego, California… 62 F …coldest summer in 77years. A beautiful somewhat laid back city right on the ocean. We stayed at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina and what an incredible view from the 23rd floor! We visited the San Diego Zoo, which houses the only Koalas outside of Australia. Seaworld is another fun day and is almost identical to Orlando.

From here we spent the day Beach Hopping up the Pacific Coast and made stops at Laguna , Newport, Huntington, and Long Beaches with a stop at the Santa Monica Pier and ending in Zuma Beach in Malibu. We visited Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Six Flags Magic Mountain. There are lots of exciting things to experience in Los Angeles and we tried to pack them all in.

Overall it was an amazing experience and we all learned more than you can ever read in a book …it is all about the “Power of Being There”.