Grand Canyon, Arizona

Okay - so it’s not actually situated on Route 66 but it’s hard not to admit that the Grand Canyon makes for an awesome side-trip! Since it’s birth Route 66 has guided many families on vacation towards the Grand Canyon. And why not? It’s situated only an hour from both Williams and Kingman making it easily accessible from Route 66. As a day trip you should allow an hour to reach the south entrance, otherwise there’s good lodging to be found within the National Park itself for those wanting to spend the night.

On my visit I stayed at one of the many lodges within the national park and set my alarm an hour before sunrise. Surrounded by beautiful woodland with wild deer right outside the lodge itself. We were able to get up very early and watch the sun rise over followed by an hours trek into the canyon - one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had. A popular vacation destination with good reason.

There was something about the view that seemed unreal, like a painting, as if we could reach out and touch it. We walked as far as we could in an hour before stopping to admire the views before starting our ascent. I’d thoroughly recommend it.

3 comments on “Grand Canyon, Arizona”

  1. The most impressive stop on our Route 66 trip! Words can't describe the awe you experience while standing at the top looking across the Canyon. It's called the "Grand" Canyon for a reason. DO NOT MISS!

  2. I felt as though I was looking at a painting 🙂 My wife and I stayed the night at Yavapai Lodge and got up at 5am to watch the sunrise which was pretty spectacular as the colours were amazing. We then spent an hour walking down into the canyon - it was a very memorable visit and I can't wait to do it again.

  3. The best stop along Route 66. Pictures could never capture what you see when there. Spectacular! Stayed in Williams AZ on Route 66. Great town and great people, real old town feel and see the Route 66 in its past. This is a must stop on your trip!

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