- Tour Map and Suggested Sites
- Hints For Planning Your Arizona Visit
- Grand Canyon Railway & South Rim Tour
- Other Local Travel Tips from IASD Member Nori Muster (with more to come)
The Grand Canyon, Sedona and Sights along the Way! • Bring your family or organize a group of friends to drive the scenic loop and rim country of Arizona. It is an ever changing scenic journey where temperatures average in June between highs in the 70s to high 80s F and a lows 50’s to 60’s F depending on location and altitude. The Grand Canyon is only a 4 hour drive but you will want to stop along the way to see the many sights: the red rocks, mystic vortexes and art galleries of Sedona; drive from there to Flagstaff through Oak Creek canyon or take a splash down slide rock (natural water slide) on the way; while in the Flagstaff area see Meteor Crater and the Sunset Crater volcano or explore the massive Indian cliff dwellings of Walnut Canyon; re-capture the 50’s on Old Route 66 in Seligman; drive back the backroads to the very “alive” Ghost Town of Jerome; or on the way up or back on I17 stop off at the cliff dwelling of Montezuma’s Castle or the fantastic architectural vision of Paolo Soleri at Arcosanti. For those with more time, east of the Grand Canyon is the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, Monument Valley, the ribbon canyons of Lake Powell in Page Az or the ancient Indian dwellings of Canyon de Chelly.
Hints for Planning Your Arizona Visit:
Around Phoenix: If you plan on seeing perhaps a few locations around and just north of Phoenix then spending a few extra nights at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort is a good idea. Locations, within a couple hours or few minutes, of interest include: the red rocks of Sedona; or the ancient Indian ruins of Montezuma Castle or Solari’s Acrosonti (on the way); Solari’s Cosanti studio and bells in Scottsdale; or local museums like the famous Musical Instrument Museum, the Heard of Native American Art, the home of Frank Lloyd Wrights desert laboratory, Taliesin West; and others.
Arizona High Country: If you plan on spending 2 to 3 days seeing multiple sights in the Arizona high country (the rim country) you might want to make Flagstaff your “home port”. It has a great old town center plus easy drives to: the Grand Canyon (1.6 hours); Grand Canyon Railway Tour (in Winslow 40 minutes away); Meteor Crater (45 minutes); Sunset Volcano Crater (30 minutes); the massive ancient Indian cliff dwellings of Walnut Canyon (15 minutes); the red rocks and vortexes of Sedona (50 minutes south through Walnut Canyon); the Rt66 town of Seligman (1.2 hours); Petrified Forest and Painted Desert (1.75 hours). Where to Stay: there are very many hotels in Flagstaff if you do a search, but if you want a historic and perhaps mysterious adventure you might want to try the Hotel Monte Vista which is reported to be a haunted hotel (6 ghosts some active). It opened in 1927 and the bar was the first speakeasy in Arizona.
Drive into Williams for the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel adjacent to the historic railway depot built in 1908. Book “The Canyon Discover Package” to enjoy a South rim tour of the Grand Canyon National Park on a historic steam train, while soaking in the history of the train, enjoying the scenery and beverages, with old time musicians roaming through on your 2 hr 15 min trip. At the Grand Canyon you will be given a free time to take in the depth and grandeur of the canyon, before relaxing on your train ride back to the hotel to continue your two-night stay. Williams is located 30 miles west of Flagstaff, just off Interstate 40 making travel to your next destination easy. It is also located a block away from historic Route 66. For more information about the train or alternative packages, visit: thetrain.com
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
Spend an entire day immersed in music and musical instruments from around the world. The Musical Instrument Museum or MIM, has two full floors of displays of more than 6,600 instruments from over 200 countries. It has been rated the #1 attraction in Phoenix and ranked in the top 20 museums in the United States by TripAdvisor.com. Your admission includes wireless headsets to ensure the full audio and visual experience as you move between displays and exhibits, and a 30-45 minutes orientation tour. During your visit, you can also learn how instruments are made, and have hands-on time playing them in the “Experience Gallery”. When hunger calls, enjoy lunch at Café Allegro that offers special dietary choices. For more music options during your travel, be sure to check out the Saturday Concert events they offer from around the world. Open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. General Admission price $20 for adults. For more information on visiting the MIM, visit the website https://mim.org/