During spring break, we decided to take James to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas for his 21st birthday. Kelly was headed to Orlando with the AHHS strings and band. However, Kelly broke his leg and had to stay at home. We really missed not taking him although Kelly is not a big fan of Las Vegas due to our debacle trying to get to Portland in the summer of 2016 when we got diverted to LV. The 109 degrees was not fun as we had to walk around for a day… I digress.
This was an absolute great trip. We flew into Phoenix and began driving towards Flagstaff. On the way, we got off the beaten path and found lovely Sedona! Hope to go back there soon. The sun was going down but we were able to see the beautiful red rocks of Sedona before eating at the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill. Afterwards, we traveled the windy road to Flagstaff!
The next day we traveled to the Grand Canyon. The pics will speak for themselves. Afterwards, we made it to Kingman for the night which is on the old Highway 66. We ate at the Garlic Clove which served great Italian food and featured locally brewed beer. Fantastic meal.
Day 3 We get up and travel to Hoover Dam and then on to Las Vegas. Hoover Dam was amazing. Both the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam have been on my bucket list. Once in Vegas, we decided to make a couple of stops before we checked into the Palazzo as we still had our rental car. First stop was the Pawn Stars Pawn shop. Kelly and I had been there before. This time it was packed. Still fun. 2nd stop- Counts Kustoms of the Counting Cars reality show. Definitely my favorite!
The next 3 nights in Vegas was a blur! So many things to do and see. But best of all… rest! The Palazzo has a great deal that included a magnificent breakfast and heavy Hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the early evening.
What a great time. James had a blast. And back just in time for Kelly’s birthday.