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From Dawn To Dusk: Some Of The Highlights Of Arizona

As home to some of the most beautiful sights in the United States, Arizona has to be one of the visual feasts of anybody’s road trip, and if you are traversing the states, the Grand Canyon state needs to be one of the highlights of your journeys. But what actually is there for those on their travels that are looking for a combination of culture and fantastic sites?

El Tovar Dining Room – Located in the National Park South Rim, this eatery is classic American dining at its best! Be sure to reserve your table to get the best seats in the house, or if you’ve spent a long day hiking across the trails, you could relax in the cocktail lounge for some after dinner drinks.

The Walnut Canyon National Monument – If you head into the city of Flagstaff, you will see these dwellings that date back to the pre-Columbian era. And if you are looking for the right hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona, The Comfort Inn is one of many great places to put your feet up and contemplate the wondrous sites you’ve seen that day. The Walnut Canyon was home to a village of cliff dwellers, and if you go there during the winter months, you will see the area white with snow, providing quite a contrast to what the typical image of Arizona is.

Heard Museum – In Phoenix, this museum shows the vast history of the American Indian tribes in the Southwest. As far as an insight into the natives of hundreds of years ago, this museum provides an education for every single one of us, detailed via various films, art galleries, and spirit dolls, known as Hopi Kachinas. In addition to this, there are various events posted throughout the year, such as Indian fares or even competitions! As far as an educational experience is concerned, this museum is actually one of the best overall in the whole of the United States!

The Lowell Observatory – If you head down to Flagstaff on a clear night, you should swing by the observatory, and see the Cosmos for yourself! This landmark is famous for the first sighting of Pluto back in 1930. And, since 1894, people have had the opportunity to look at the universe through various telescopes, including the 1896 Clark Telescope.

Musical Instrument Museum – While there are millions of things to do in Phoenix, get yourself to the greater Phoenix area and have a musical education unlike anywhere else! Throughout these five galleries, you will experience the 200 countries and territories musical heritage, from Hawaiian ukuleles to thumb pianos from Uganda, here is where music comes to life, especially with wireless recordings of long-forgotten relics of the musical past you can listen to via headphone, but if you are looking for something a little more “contemporary”, check out the Alice Cooper display!

Not just a state of sweeping canyons, Arizona is, of course, home to many national parks, but this is scratching the surface of what Arizona has to offer.

Pink Jeeps and Red Rocks in Sedona Arizona

Sedona, Arizona is known for its color! The bright blue skies, red rocks and pink jeeps, yes pink. Now, before you think these jeeps are for Barbie and Ken, take a look at their ability to get you out into the desert to better see the all of the red rock beauty that surrounds Sedona.

Pink Jeep Tour Sedona Arizona

A hike in Sedona can produce views of multi-colored rock formations, a myriad of succulents and breath-taking views of a forested desert. However, you can only go so far.

I am so happy we booked a Pink Jeep tour. Sure, there are other tours with jeeps. The fact that the jeeps are pink is a (genius) marketing ploy. I get it. But, the company gives a seriously great tour.

From the safe, comfortable jeeps and informative guides to the cold water – the tour is worth it. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our day!

Sedona Arizona

Sedona Arizona

Pink Jeep Tour Sedona Arizona

Pink Jeep Tour Sedona Arizona

Pink Jeep Tour Sedona ArizonaPink Jeep Tour Sedona Arizona

Pink Jeep Tour Sedona Arizona

The company is very aware of the trails and does not deviate from them. In this way, their environmental impact is lessened. Furthermore, the guides are great storytellers and teachers! Case in point, you’ll have to go on the tour to learn the story behind this actual white spot on the rocks in Sedona!

Pink Jeep Tour Sedona Arizona

Bringing the Desert to Florida with Succulents

I visited Arizona a few years ago and hiked in Sedona, AZ with a girlfriend. While there, we passed a variety of beautiful succulents. We don’t see many succulents in Florida, so I loved this local flora.  They are sturdy, yet pretty, plants that are perfectly suited for the harsh climates and weather of the area. Fast forward to present day. We attended the 2nd birthday party of good friends’ daughter a few weeks ago. Much to my delight, the party favor (from the  “Lorax” themed party) was a succulent. At first, I wasn’t so sure the plant would survive Florida’s rainy season, but then I realized they would make perfect indoor plants!

Travel Inspiration:

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I decided they’d go best next to our bay window, where they’d be on full display and still receive bright sunlight each morning. I picked two “containers” for them (buying one and re-purposing another) and used left over potting soil we had in the garage for planting.

Materials:

  • succulents of your choice.
  • containers/pots of your choice
  • potting soil (We like Miracle Grow soil products.)
  • garden gloves and shovel if you’d like

Indoor Desert Succulents

Travel Inspired Home Decor Arizona

Reading Nook Travel Inspired Decor

My efforts to bring a little AZ to FL worked! Michael and I love to read and drink coffee in our reading nook, hence the coffee cup planter. The succulents add color and bring the outside in to this part of our home. The plants are low maintenance, as they only require a small amount of water each week, which is nice for two busy professionals. Plus, I scored brownie points with Mr. Wife with Baggage for keeping this project under ten bucks. I love getting my hands dirty (literally) with travel inspired DIY projects!