Our Expedia Getaway to Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon

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This post is in partnership with Expedia, a company we’ve loved and used for years. You may remember back in March, we booked a trip through Expedia to Arizona.  Then life happened, and we had to push our travel dates to a later time. Expedia made everything about changing our plans simple! We urge others to book through the Expedia app because it will make your trip planning so easy! We flew American Airlines from OKC to Phoenix (7:00 A.M. arrive 8:40 A.M.); We got a rental car from Alamo-a Ford Expedition. First stop on the way to hotel: shopping at Scottsdale Quarter where we hit up Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware, and Amazon Books. Distance to hotel from airport 32 miles.

First Stop Shopping at Scottsdale Quarter

Randy and Rob chatted outside Restoration Hardware while we shopped.

Four Seasons Troon North

Again, we booked our hotel through the Expedia app. Health and safety were our top concerns, and we felt that the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North Hotel prioritized those needs. Their resorts and hotels partner with Medical Experts to develop their Lead with Care program. Prior to our arrival, we were sent an email, detailing information regarding this program and the hotel’s expectations of us as visitors.

Views from the hotel room balcony.

We loved everything about the Four Seasons! It was quiet, relaxing, secluded, and the views were amazing! If you choose to go to the spa, get a massage and ask for Karen or Monique!

These words resonated with me: “…you are a human being first, and those human connections with spouses—with children, with friends—are the most important investments you will ever make.”

Where We Ate

Unfiltered sunset outside the restaurant.

Friday night we ate at Roka Akor-Scottsdale. Be sure to get the crispy eggplant jalepeno honey. For drink: blood orange margarita!

Saturday night we ate at Fleming’s Steakhouse- DC Ranch (no matter what you order, you cannot go wrong) For Drink: Blueberry Lemon Drop

Sunday we ate at Jalapeno Inferno- Their chips are amazing! For drink: The Boss Margarita (beware-it’s potent)

Things to Do

The Scottsdale/Phoenix area has so much to offer. Whether you’re looking to relax, golf, shop, or find a great tour, there is something for everyone.  While our visit was short, we found time to get a massage at the hotel spa while the guys golfed at Troon North Golf Course. Visiting the Grand Canyon, however, is something we highly recommend and will never forget!

 

The first day of our trip, we checked off our bucket list a tour of the Grand Canyon! We booked through the Expedia app and saved 12% by using the code LIKETOGO12. We booked the Grand Canyon Skywalk & Adventure Tour from Phoenix by Westwind Air Service. While this tour seemed pricey at booking, we realized that it was a lot cheaper than pricing out things individually. We feel we got so much for our money!

Before the flight, we grabbed a snack and did a temperature check.

Our pilot Max! Sandi’s giving the thumb’s up, but she was extremely nervous.

Canyon Views from the Airplane

Once we saw the beautiful views, Sandi relaxed. Our flight over the canyon was a little over an hour long. Then, we got in a helicopter and flew to the bottom of the canyon.

Canyon Views from the Helicopter

Our God is an awesome God!

Our helicopter landing at the bottom of the Canyon.

Canyon Views from the Pontoon Boat on the Colorado River

Randy and Rob walking to the pontoon.

Hearing the water = relaxing; spending time with friends = fun.

Sandi and Randy take it all in.

Rob studies the fish in the Colorado River.

We had the river to ourselves!

My glove “fondling” Rob’s thigh stirred up lots of comments on this Instagram post!

Canyon Views from the West Rim

Majestic.

We also walked out on the Sky Bridge. Cameras are not allowed on the bridge. In fact, all our belongings were kept inside a locker and we wore protective coverings over our feet while we walked on the bridge. If visitors wish, photographers do take pictures on the bridge for a fee.

After we saw the spectacular views from the Sky Bridge, we had a quick lunch before checking out the gift shop. Then, we met up with our pilot Max for our flight back to Phoenix.

Some highlights of the tour include the following:

Spectacular Views of the Grand Canyon

Helicopter flight that takes you right to the canyon floor

Tranquil pontoon boat ride along the Colorado River

Exclusive flight path below the rim of the canyon

Insight into history & culture of peoples on the West Rim

“At the end of life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent…” (Hager-Bush, Jenna. Everything Beautiful in Its Time  156). Peace Out, Friends! We hope you enjoyed our tour of Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon as much as we did. We cannot wait for our next adventure. If you’re looking for a trip, be sure to explore the travel deals Expedia.com

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8 Comments

  1. Brenda
    December 16, 2020 / 3:25 pm

    So glad you had fun! The pictures were beautiful and the stories as always fun to watch 🙂

    • Shalia Ashcraft
      Author
      December 16, 2020 / 7:04 pm

      Brenda,

      Thank you so much and thank you for following along on stories.

  2. December 16, 2020 / 9:02 pm

    Loved your pictures, what a cool place. In 2018 my husband and I took a 6 day white water rafting trip down the Grand Canyon. We rode a J Rigg with Western River Expeditions. Slept outdoors along the colorado under the stars and traveled with my daughter and her future husband from Australia and his parents and some other people around the world. Best Trip Ever.

    • Shalia Ashcraft
      Author
      December 17, 2020 / 3:32 pm

      Nancy,
      Your trip sounds like a trip of a lifetime! I cannot even imagine the beauty you must have taken in. What great memories! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Paige
    December 16, 2020 / 9:05 pm

    This looks like such a fun trip to take. My dad retired and moved to Goodyear, Arizona and while I was able to visit Sedona 18 months ago I would love to visit the Grand Canyon. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

    • Shalia Ashcraft
      Author
      December 17, 2020 / 3:31 pm

      Paige,
      What an awesome place for your dad to retire and for you to visit. Sedona is definitely a place we need to see! I hope you get to visit the Grand Canyon. It’s a must see!

  4. Jennifer
    December 17, 2020 / 7:30 am

    I’ve done the helicopter ride and that is truly amazing.

    • Shalia Ashcraft
      Author
      December 17, 2020 / 3:30 pm

      Jennifer,
      Oh my goodness! So happy you were able to do the tour! It’s just so beautiful!

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