A Day in Arizona
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We had only planned to go to the Grand Canyon and then on to Las Vegas before heading to my dad's place. I realized that we were going to pass by the Petrified Forest in the Painted Desert, so we decided to add it to the itinerary. I was really excited about going because I had not been in a long time, and I remembered how beautiful it was. It took us about 3 hours from Albuquerque to get there, and our arrival time was about eleven. Once we got there, we stopped in at the Painted Desert Visitors center. We watched a fascinating video that explained how the petrified forest came to be. It took over thousands of years for the trees, that were once under water, to crystalize from the deposits that had been left in them. We also did some souvenir shopping and ate lunch. After that, We drove through the National Park, which is 28 miles long.
After we left the Petrified Forest, we drove through the Painted Desert to the Grand Canyon. It took us about 3 hours to get there, and the drive itself was amazing, it really gives you a preview to the treat you are in for. We decided to take route 89 in Flagstaff and turn off at Hwy 64 in Cameron. We entered in the East Entrance, Desert View, so we could drive through the Park and exit out the South Entrance, Grand Canyon or South Rim Village.
The day had been so cold and windy, and it only became worse at the Grand Canyon. I would not have left my car if the sights had not been soooo beautiful! There was snow on the side of the road in the Grand Canyon and on the rocks at the Grandview overlook. After we left the Grand Canyon, we decided to add another stop to our itinerary. We went a few more hours out of our way to stop at Kingman, AZ to stay the night. We planned on driving the next morning to Lake Havasu City and see London Bridge for the afternoon before we went on to Las Vegas.