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Halfway stop between Sedona and the South Rim of the Grand C

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From Sedona we drove on Highway 89A to Flagstaff [Flagstaff-travel-guide-5499] (about an hour), arriving before it got dark. There were some roads which were under repair which didn't show up in my Waze and GPS, so I had to route via Route 66 instead of the more direct way passing south of the city. Good thing we didn't get delayed as much. We checked into our hotel (also along Route 66), and then headed out for dinner at the nearby Chick-Fil-A. I've heard so much about the delicious sandwiches they made and definitely this was the food stop that I had planned for many weeks before the actual trip.

Later after dinner I decided to check out the nearby areas and tried driving up to Lowell Observatory but it was quite late already and for sure it was closed. So we turned back and headed to the hotel, having called it a night.

In the morning we had breakfast at the hotel and planned to leave early considering that we would have a long drive to make, first up to the South Rim and then after we've seen the Grand Canyon, a longer drive to Seligman [Seligman-travel-guide-6386], then Kingman [Kingman-travel-guide-5759] before heading to Las Vegas by the evening.

Going to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff, we passed by the San Francisco mountains (usually these are snow capped) on Highway 180 to Valle [Valle-travel-guide-6692], then continue on Highway 64 to Tusayan [Tusayan-travel-guide-6669] and the Grand Canyon Village (about 2 hours' drive). This is a more scenic route and far fewer vehicles compared to going via I-40. Of course, you can't drive as fast, but who would want to run at 75mph on a scenic road?

About an hour into driving, there is a trading post near the junction of Valle at 180 - lots of interesting things to see worth spending a few minutes of your time. I enjoyed the stuffed bears - there was a grizzly plus a moose and elk head, and much more. Many of the intriguing items were too bulky and expensive, so buying them to bring halfway around the world was out of the question.

For those who prefer to an even more scenic but slower route they can take I-17 to Flagstaff and then go Highway 89 to Cameron, continue through Highway 64 through Desert View and end up at the South Rim. On the way back they can then take Highway 64 to Williams [Williams-travel-guide-6798] and then connect with the I-40 heading west or east.

Further west from Williams is Seligman which is along part of the old Route 66. We stopped to take a bunch of photos of the police station and other landmarks. Practically everything they could paint "Route 66 Historic Road" was a photo opportunity.

And then the long drive to Kingman, where we gassed up (since Arizona gas is cheaper than California or Nevada gas), and off to the glitzy city of Las Vegas.

Posted by NT01 17:00 Archived in USA

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