I recently visited Sedona for the first time on a fun-filled, five day vacation with two of my best friends. None of us had ever been to the Grand Canyon before, so away we went on a one day side trip. We decided to let someone else do the driving for us and be our tour guide, so we booked a trip through Great West Tours. We were not disappointed. Our charismatic and informative tour guide, Alan, was a wonderful host and led us on a terrific journey to the Grand Canyon.
Our first stop as we rolled out of Sedona was along Oak Creek for a quick game of “get to know your bus mates”. There were only eleven of us on the tour and so it was fun to get to know who we would be traveling with for the day.
As you may have noticed from previous posts, I’m a big fan of wearing dresses, especially for travel. This stripped boho style dress by Soybu was perfect for the hour and half bus ride that we had ahead of us. The rayon and spandex blend is incredibly soft and makes this the perfect travel dress. The dress is wrinkle-resistant, lightweight, and stretches with your every move. The asymmetrical hemline and drop front pockets also provide a nice drape.
There were two lunch packages to choose from and we decided to dine at the historic El Tovar Lodge. (Please ignore the “Wet Paint” signs. 🙂 )
Located on the south rim of the canyon, the lodge opened back in 1905 and has a beautiful rustic elegance.
As we finish lunch and head out from the restaurant we are presented with our first amazing view of the Grand Canyon.
We begin our walk on the Trail of Time, which is an interpretive walking trail that explains how the Grand Canyon was formed. The trail winds along the south rim for about 1.7 miles from just past the El Tovar Lodge to the Yavapai Geology Museum. Unfortunately, there was a fire on the north rim of the canyon and the view was a bit hazy in spots. But even under a haze, the Grand Canyon never disappoints.
One astounding view after another.
At the end of the trail, we stroll through the Yavapai Geology Museum and bookstore, where I adopted a mountain lion by purchasing a tote bag. Well, at least that’s how I explained yet another tote bag purchase to my boyfriend. But really, the net proceeds of the purchase are donated to the Science and Resource Management division at Grand Canyon National Park which supports wildlife research at the canyon.
What a day at the Grand Canyon….dining at the historic El Tovar, taking in the astonishing beauty of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and adopting a mountain lion. My vacation is now complete!
Until the next post, stay stylish and comfortable!