The Grand Canyon

Before our trip to California part of my baycation  was to include a stop in Arizona. This was my second time here but my husband’s first so I had to take him to see the Grand Canyon! Oh my, do I love the Grand Canyon.

This great wonder of the world is immensely massive and picturesque. The Canyon is silent yet it says so much about the earth, about nature, about God. I was quite surprised at how many Californians have never been there to say they live so close.

Let’s talk about the route to the Grand Canyon. You can access different points of the Canyon through different methods. We were staying in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Andaz Hotel and Spa (that place is so gorgeous that it deserves a post to itself) so being we were staying in Scottsdale we were nearest to the South Rim. You really can not go wrong with your desired method of transportation to the Grand Canyon – the drive there is stunning with rolling mountains and a scenic route (it took us 3.5 hours driving time… lots of bonding opportunity :-)). The first time I went with my family we took the train ride which was also beautiful! If you’re daring enough you can also get there via helicopter :-).

If you’re not too adventurous (like us :-/) you can actually visit the Grand Canyon in one day (like we did) and just sight-see and take lots of marvelous pictures (and also live bi-curiously through the other visitors who sit and take pics at the edge of the cliffs :-0) I felt the day trip was not too much or overwhelming. We were able to get back in Scottsdale before it became too dark around 7 pm. If you are adventurous then you might want to consider staying there a couple of days at one of the hotels outside of the park. There’s hiking, donkey rides, and water rafting – so there’s plenty to do.

Well enough said on the Grand Canyon. Words can only express so much. If you’ve never been it’s one of those places that you’ll  just have to see it to believe it.

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Speaking of wine

A continued post from my California trip I’d like to talk about Napa Valley wine country {my heart goes out to all of the families who suffered loss during the fires}.

Napa Valley is gorgeous! The wineries are so refined. To make sure we got the most out of our trip to Napa I booked a Wine tour on the Napa Valley Wine Train. They have a lot of different tours but I decided for my hubby and I to take the Ambassador Tour.

As soon as we boarded the train we were served delicious lunch! It was amazing. You could select from different menu options and get the chance to meet others from abroad. We then had dessert and more. We stopped at two wineries. One was Charles Krug Winery and the other Raymond Vineyards. If you ever decide to stop in Napa visit the Wine Train!