Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer Road Trip

I just returned from an exciting summer road trip. 

It was the perfect graduation celebration and kick-off to summer
(P.S. Thank you so much for all of the graduation wishes :-)

We made our way through  the American Southwest and more...
Route 66
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Four Corners, USA
Aspen, Colorado
Moab, Utah

I will be sharing a few of our photos in upcoming posts...

Today, we'll be getting our kicks on Route 66!

Route 66 by Chuck Berry

Our first stop from California was our neighbor state, Arizona.

We stayed in Williams, about an hour away from the Grand Canyon, in Arizona's oldest hotel: The Grand Canyon Hotel

It was not your typical chain, but very historic and charming. 

It was also affordable (traveling on a budget IS possible!) I loved it.

The hotel was located right on the famous  
Route 66.

There was even an option to take the train to the Grand Canyon.

After exploring the little town of Williams 

and stuffing our bellies at a Route 66 styled diner, 

we decided to kick up our feet and rest for the Grand Canyon the following day. 

Stay tuned for a very GRAND post.     



Evi @ sexta-feira said...

Wow! That is the kind of road trip my husband and I have been dreaming about!
Looking frward to more pictures!

Leslie said...

Hi Jess! This looks amazing:) I grew up in S. CA and miss this area.. it's a must see. I like the "old west" feel. I remember taking the mule ride down into the Grand Canyon. The 66 diner must have been delicious!

Have a great weekend. xxleslie

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Hey, Jess! I love WIlliams, AZ. We used to live in Scottsdale, and we took a little trip up there. I miss being a Zonie!


Attic Clutter said...

Hi Sheri(:)
Love the purple flowers below..and wow what a cool trip ..someday I want to take the route 66(:)
great post..
love the Williams
Happy weekend to you too (:)

sweetvintageofmine said...

Afernoon Jess, Thanks for taking us on a Rte 66 trip! I sooooo enjoyed this! Hubby and I LOVE to do these types of trips!! Can't wait for the GRAND post! Thank you for your SWEET comments you left and....the farmhouse we live in is 17 years old. I just sold my home (the one in the header)after living there 18 years! It was bittersweet....but the right thing to do. Actually, (long story) my sister built the home we live in now.....Anyway, LOVE your blog and I'm happy I came upon it!! Blessings Girls~~~Roxie

NanaDiana said...

Jess- What a wonderful trip. I love that old Route 66 and remember traveling a lot of it back in the 70's. I stayed at that same hotel in 1972! What fun- can't wait to see more-xo Diana

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


What a grand tour, indeed! LOVE this area of our country. Have fun my friends! Anita

Marikki said...

Oh, I can only say WOW!!! What an exciting trip!!! Wonderful photos!!
And warmy graduation congratulations from me to you!!♥

Hugs, Marikki

It's me said...

What a great trip you have your pictures...enjoy the weekend...can;t wait to see Ria...x !

Nely said...

Hi dear Jess,
Woow you have grand tour,beautiful places:)
Have a nice weekend!


I LOVE it. What fun.

Red Rose Alley said...

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Cindy said...

Hi Jess,
What fun to travel the USA, I've done it many times over the past half century and some. There are so many amazing places to visit. I look forward to seeing more of your photos. Don't you love place with history? I do.
Hugs, Cindy

Shirley said...

I would love to take a trip along our hot rod of course..great photo's...

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you for the tour of route 66.. I really enjoyed it.. And I love this Grand Canyon Hotel... Like taking a trip back in time.
Thanks so much for sharing

Kalyan P said...

beautiful captures...lovely place to be!

Susan said...

Great shots! We lived in Arizona for many years and know there are a lot of picturesque places!

So glad you had fun. Susan

hi-d said...

What a wonderful sounding trip. Your photos are gorgeous. That last one though made me feel a little scared...looks like you are sitting on the edge of the canyon. :)


val's alentejo said...

congratulations Jess..
What a super trip ..all the little towns along your route.. so very we see in the movies.
sending best regards to you..val x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Yes, I think the changes only effected people who used Google Reader, and I think we would have known it if we did!!!!!!!!!!!

Susie said...

Jess, I LOVE your photos.That would be such a fun trip..xoxo,Susie

Ayu Maselli said...

Dearest Jess,

Congratulation again for the graduation. wow tanks for sharing this beautiful journey. Amazing Grand Canyon.
incredible places.

wishing you a great week for whole of family

tina said...

fantastic road trip

Yuli Conversations said...

Oh WOW! I think you know by now that we both have the same taste in historic places! I love love love that hotel! What a great trip, so happy you had fun!!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jess, what a fabulous trip. It looks like you had a wonderful time and I love your pics. Going on to the rest of the trip.

Hugs, Celestina Marie