Southwest Adventure Wish List

We have a big vacation planned the day after Christmas. We are flying out west to go on a tour of the southwest. Shhh…it’s a secret. We aren’t letting the cat out of the bag to our kids until Christmas morning. We are surprising them with new carry on luggage, airline tickets, spending money and a note telling them to pack up because we are leaving tomorrow. So here is our southwest adventure wish list.

Phoenix, AZ

We will be flying in and out of Phoenix and visiting for a few days. My husband and I both have family in Phoenix. The kids will be thrilled to get to visit with their aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. 

Sedona, AZ

I can’t wait to show my family red rock country. We are planning on doing some hiking and site seeing and we might even do some yoga. 

Flagstaff, AZ

If the weather permits we are going to stop in Flagstaff. This is a beautiful mountain town with lots to do. I especially want to take the kids to the observatory for some star gazing.

Grand Canyon

We can’t go to the southwest without visiting the Grand Canyon. Apparently December is a fantastic time to visit the Grand Canyon because the crowds are so much smaller. And who doesn’t want to see snow at the Grand Canyon?

Grand Staircase Escalanate

This is a place I had never heard of until we were looking at places on the map. My husband decided after looking at pictures that we couldn’t miss visiting this landmark.

Zion National Park

I can’t wait to visit Zion National Park. This looks like a park that is filled with beautiful rock formations, canyons and hiking adventures. 

Las Vegas

Not only are we going to Vegas, but we are spending New Years in Vegas. This is going to be quite an adventure. 

Joshua Tree

On our way back down to Phoenix we are going to check our Joshua Tree. I mean we can’t go out west without dropping in California. 

So I want to hear from you. Out of the places I have on my list what are some landmarks, hikes, shops and restaurants that I don’t want to miss?

22 thoughts on “Southwest Adventure Wish List”

  1. StacieinAtlanta – Atlanta, GA – Active mother of three.

    I would love to just make one huge trip out of all of these one day. I love that part of the country, and I think it would be such an adventure.

  2. This post has reminded me of my trip to America 2 years ago, I love the Joshua trees and Grand Canyon, stopped for few pictures with those dessert trees. It was an absolutely breathtaking view for us since we never have seen anything like that from where we live in Asia.

  3. LuciWest – Maker of photos, videos, thoughts and occasional dance moves.

    Inspiring overview of some of the beautiful and intriguing gems of the South-West. Quite a few I have yet to see, too.

  4. I’ve heard amazing things about Arizona. A friend moved there last year to be closer to family. So happy for her because she loves traveling. Sharing this and asking her if she’s seen these sights yet.

  5. Flossie – USA – Mama of two who blogs about this crazy journey called parenthood at http://supermomhacks.com - parenting tips, tricks, and hacks to help you save time, save money, and preserve your sanity, mostly based on things I've had to learn the hard way :)

    Those photographs are stunning! I have been to many of the sites you list, and they are all definitely must-visits!

  6. MUAKimPorter – New York City makeup artist, beauty and <a href="http://www.beautyandthebumpnyc.com">mom blogger</a> . I'm a Hofstra University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health. Although my background is in health, beauty and makeup artistry is where my heart lies. I immensely enjoy helping myself and others feel beautiful inside and out. I've launched a beauty blog and a Youtube instructional channel, through these I hope to reach a wider audience and provide the women with a virtual hands-on guide to putting their best face forward. The most important element of my work is to be able to use my creativity to enhance natural beauty, yet bring out a person’s inner beauty and individuality. If you have a beauty or makeup related question, contact me. Your question could be featured on the site! I also accept guest post submissions, check the <a href="http://makeupbykim-porter.com/about/terms/guest-post-submission/">guidelines</a>. ***Brands and PR firms sometime provide press samples of products for review consideration. These brands are not guaranteed a review on Makeup by Kim Porter Blog, nor do we accept payment of any kind for our reviews. For more on our disclosure policies, please see my <a href="http://makeupbykim-porter.com/about/terms/">terms</a> .

    I’ve been to Vegas but never visited the Grand Canyon. I’ve also visited Scottsdale, which had me flying into Pheonix, but never visited anything within.

  7. MUAKimPorter – New York City makeup artist, beauty and <a href="http://www.beautyandthebumpnyc.com">mom blogger</a> . I'm a Hofstra University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health. Although my background is in health, beauty and makeup artistry is where my heart lies. I immensely enjoy helping myself and others feel beautiful inside and out. I've launched a beauty blog and a Youtube instructional channel, through these I hope to reach a wider audience and provide the women with a virtual hands-on guide to putting their best face forward. The most important element of my work is to be able to use my creativity to enhance natural beauty, yet bring out a person’s inner beauty and individuality. If you have a beauty or makeup related question, contact me. Your question could be featured on the site! I also accept guest post submissions, check the <a href="http://makeupbykim-porter.com/about/terms/guest-post-submission/">guidelines</a>. ***Brands and PR firms sometime provide press samples of products for review consideration. These brands are not guaranteed a review on Makeup by Kim Porter Blog, nor do we accept payment of any kind for our reviews. For more on our disclosure policies, please see my <a href="http://makeupbykim-porter.com/about/terms/">terms</a> .

    I’ve been to Vegas but never visited the Grand Canyon. I’ve also visited Scottsdale, which had me flying into Pheonix, but never visited anything within. Thank you for sharing.
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  8. Catherine – I am the owner, manager and author of the popular food & lifestyle blog, Living the Gourmet. With the intention of 'making traditional and exotic cuisines simple', I have set out to promote only the best ingredients for easy, home-cooked meals that anyone and everyone can enjoy. Living the Gourmet showcases a variety of cuisines and cooking techniques. There is always something new to discover and enjoy! http://livingthegourmet.com/

    how beautiful! I’ve never been but would love to see AZ..I have heard is it a beautiful travel destination!

  9. The Trophy WifeStyle – United States

    I’ve been to both Vegas and the Grand Canyon!!! Both are such fun places! I even took a helicopter from Vegas to the canyon. Such a neat experience

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