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From Vegas to Hoover Dam and Sedona, then the drive to Grand Canyon via Walnut Canyon and Twisters Cafe

Hoover Dam

We left Vegas early on the Saturday morning to drive to Sedona.  Sadly Suzi had not been well overnight and was still suffering next day. (honestly it was something she had eaten, not drunk!)  We stopped for a short while to view the Hoover Dam.  Since we last visited, work had commenced on a new road, to bypass the Dam and this was a massive venture, with a new bridge under construction that seemed up in the sky. When it is finished it will be an amazing sight.

New bridge at Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, with new bridge in the background

We followed Route 93 down to Kingman, then drove Interstate 40 East , then Route 89 down to Sedona.  Because Suzi was feeling under the weather we stayed on the Interstate until Flagstaff, although we had intended to go via Chino Valley and Jerome.  However, we did manage a stop at Oak Creek Overlook at the top of Oak Creek Canyon, where we browsed the Native Indian stalls and looked at the twisting road below that we were about to drive.

Red Rocks of Sedona

Sedona is famous for the majestic red rocks in the area, and it has a reputation for arts and a Bohemian life-style.  We stayed again at the Best Western Inn at Sedona, which gave us bedrooms with stunning views of the landscape, and a huge balcony to observe the vistas around us.

Moody weather over Sedona from the hotel

Cactus plant at Sedona







Interstate 17 North

Next morning we left Sedona to join Interstate 17 North, towards Flagstaff.  We made a small diversion along Interstate 40 East to visit Walnut Canyon National Monument.  Here you can see ancient Indian dwellings hewn out of the cliffs of the canyon.

Walnut Canyon

Dwelling at Walnut Canyon

Indian Dwelling at Walnut Canyon

View from Walnut Canyon

Flowers at Walnut Canyon

Walnut Canyon

Ruins at Walnut Canyon

Height marker at Walnut Canyon - over a mile above sea level

Twisters Cafe at Williams

As on previous trips, we called into Twisters Cafe, on Route 66 at Williams.  This period diner has memorabilia of the 1950's and provides generous and delicious milk shakes.  We also sampled their food, before setting off towards the Grand Canyon.

Inside Twisters Cafe

Twisters Cafe, Williams

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