Phoenix, Arizona, is a city that beats with an artistic heart. Around every corner is an artist’s work waiting to be admired. Between all the sightseeing and art-admiring, the mouth-watering gastronomical scene of the city will keep you occupied. It’s safe to say, there’s not a single dull moment in this warm city. When in Phoenix, don’t skip out on the First Fridays Monthly Art Walk, the Desert Botanical Garden, and the Heard Museum. The latter is an insightful stop with the culture and history of more than 20 regional American Indian Tribes.
People living in Phoenix are fortunate because no matter which direction they head towards, there’s plenty of adventure and fun awaiting them. However, one of the most rewarding and magical road trips from Phoenix has to be driving through Utah and into Wyoming as one gets to see so much along the way.
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is considered a haven for the hikers, but truly, who wouldn’t love this place with some of the best alpine scenery in the world? The highlight of the national park is, of course, the jagged peak of the Grand Teton standing over 14,000 feet and looking over the park. In the national park, you can also enjoy horseback riding and enjoy the sweeping views of the Colter Bay Village, Snake River, and of the Heron Ponds.
Experience one of the most spellbinding feelings on your road trip by making your first stop at Cloth & Flame in Phoenix, AZ. It is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences as you sit at a long table, joined by many others and enjoy great food, accompanied by friendly company, and magical experiences under clear and starry skies surrounded by an expansive desert all around you.
You can spend your whole day here and enjoy different meals in different parts of the desert. Lunch might be served near the orchards and vineyards, and the massive multi-course dinner would be served under the twinkling starlight, moonlit sky, and decorative fairy-lights at the base of the Superstition Mountains. All the food ingredients are locally sourced, making it even more special. This unique and thrilling idea was birthed by explorers and adventurers Matt Cooley and Olivia Laux.
Wild West Junction in Williams, AZ, is an inn, but you don’t need to stay here in order to experience and enjoy the Old Western theme and culture. The establishment has transformed itself into an entire miniature town of the wild west and allows everyone to finally see a peak of the old west.
The site is especially enjoyed by those who are not from the west and have absolutely no prior experience or knowledge of the area. They finally get a chance to see the side of the west they always imagined in their head but never got a chance to see in modern days. The property has several establishments in it, all with the cowboy theme. From the Steakhouse to the Longhorn Saloon, every place you enter will transport you back in time. Additionally, Wild West Junction also hosts numerous special events along with historical re-enactments that bring joy to young and old alike.
Oljato-Monument Valley is an astounding natural beauty that will greet you as you drive from Arizona to Utah. This census-designated area in the Navajo Nation has become an attraction on its own, solely due to its unique natural beauty that features huge rock and sandstone formations adorned with unusual names. These rock formations have actually served as the backdrop of numerous Hollywood blockbusters. The Monument Valley allows you to camp and spend some real time in the expansive desert.
Heighten your sense of adventure with activities like taking a hot air balloon ride above the humongous desert and allow yourself to feel small. You will also have a chance to experience a scrumptious dining experience in the middle of a desert. The best part of this stop however would always be watching the magnificent beauty of the rock formations called Mittens, Elephant Butte, Totem Pole, and North Window at sunrise and sunset.
Make your next stop in the beautiful city of Provo, UT, and pay a visit to the extremely enlightening Bean Life Science Museum. The museum is established inside the Brigham Young University Campus and features mind-blowingly realistic exhibits and an all-encompassing collection of taxidermied fish, reptiles, mammals, birds, eggs, shells, insects, and plants. The museum also often hosts numerous educational programs such as Nature Experiences, Saturday Safaris, and Live Animal Shows.
The museum first opened its doors in 1978, and its educational collection is a hot spot for research scientists and educators from all over the world. They are also provided with the vascular and nonvascular plants and invertebrate and vertebrate animals for studying purposes. However, you don’t need to be related to the field or an educationist or a researcher to admire the collection in this museum and learn about the physical and behavioral tics of animals.
Most tourists and vacationers would completely miss out on the little town of Star Valley Ranch in Lincoln County, Wyoming. But that is the difference between regular tourists and road trippers out on an adventure. The latter will never miss little gems like Star Valley Ranch along their route.
This beautiful little town in Wyoming provides a complete change of scenery and much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of big cities and iconic tourist destinations. Hugging the base of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Star Valley Ranch exudes that little-town charm and spectacular scenery. It’s the kind of place where you wish you had been raised and lived. Do not let the size of the town fool you into assuming it lacks activities. The town and the neighboring communities have many amazing attractions, including the World’s largest Elkhorn Antler Arch just a few miles away. Star Valley Temple and the Salt River are other unmissable spots.
Grand Teton National Park is undoubtedly one of the most stunning destinations of Wyoming and a perfect end to a magnificently memorable road trip. Located near the town of Jackson, the national park is home to many natural wonders and you will need at least three days to admire them all.
Begin your adventure in the national park by blessing your eyes with views of the towering Grand Teton. Next, close your eyes and enjoy the calm before the glittering sight of Jenny Lake. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the wild and scenic rafting that takes place on Snake River or the stunning drive along a 42 Mile Scenic Loop road. Finally, don’t forget hiking the beautiful Cascade Canyon to end a journey not soon forgotten.