Rather than take Interstate 17 from Phoenix to Flagstaff, we decided to try some of the scenic routes described in the Motorcycle Arizona! book. It was definitely a good move - rather than speeding down the interstate surrounded by cars and tractor trailers doing 75 mph, we took a relaxing ride past beautiful scenery where we seldom saw other vehicles. We drove by Lake Pleasant and through the towns of Wickenburg and Prescott before arriving at Williams, where we spent the night.
We spent the next day at the south rim of the Grand Canyon. We took a helicopter ride that took us over the canyon to the North Rim. The view from a helicopter was fantastic! We visited the IMAX theater in Tusayan and then took a hike around the west rim of the canyon to Hopi Point and then took the shuttle to Hermits Rest.
Anita at the Grand Canyon
We stayed overnight in Tusayan and in the morning drove along East Rim Drive, stopping at several of the observation points. After visiting Yaki Point, we headed toward Page, Arizona to visit Lake Powell.
The Grand Canyon as viewed from a helicopter
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