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
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