I’ve visited Arizona before but this was my first time really getting to explore. Here are a few spots I think you should check out if you plan on visiting too!

Desert Botanical Garden

After settling in to our hotel, Danielle and I headed to our first destination. Desert Botanical Garden. Wow. Literally my dream come true. There were massive cacti’s at every turn. I was in HEAVEN.

General admission tickets are $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for youth. For me it was 100% worth it. I could sit and stare at plants all day. If you’re as obsessed with plants as me, just plan on going early in the day, because that Arizona heat does not play. Bring a water bottle too!

Dress: Saltwater Luxe
Bag: Mother Nature’s Macramé


From our hotel to the Grand Canyon, it was a four hour drive. For Floridians like myself, there is nothing like driving through the mountains. Breathing in the fresh air while listening to some good tunes, with these views is pure gold.

Dani always finds the best covers songs. This one was called Without Me by Wind Walkers.

Grand Canyon

We decided to hike the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park.

What I brought for hiking:
Backpack, water bottle, snacks (trail mix, granola bars), portable charger, sunblock, jacket and my camera. Less is more so that your backpack isn’t too heavy. I also wish I had hiking shoes, so I’m definitely going to look into getting some for the next time I go!

We took a lunch break in between hikes and got food from a taco truck parked near the entrance! It was good and not too long of a wait 🙂

Let’s talk about how perfect the weather was in early April. I didn’t realize it would be a bit chilly, so I am glad I brought my jacket along the hike.

One of my favorite parts of the hike was seeing the mules come up the mountain. I was slightly freaking out that they were going to trip and fall…. but all was well! No fallen mules this time around the rim. 🙂

The view was obviously breathtaking but pictures will never do justice. So go visit and take me back when you do!! 🙂

We totally got In N Out on our drive back to the hotel that night. Well deserved after a long day of hiking.


Sedona

The following day, we made our way to the Devils Bridge trail in Sedona. This was the moment I realized that I may in fact be a tad bit scared of heights… just a tad.

It took us about 4 miles round trip to walk from the road. If you have an off road vehicle with decent ground clearance, then you can drive onto the trail and park at the trailhead, which reduces the hike to 2 miles.

I couldn’t resist getting a shot of this pup posing so perfectly. 🙂


The Chai Spot

Dani and I really wanted to check out Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. So after hiking , we changed in the car real quick and stopped by. While there, we encountered The Chai Spot.


Jewelry: Mejuri
Dress: Saltwater Luxe

True Food Kitchen

For dinner that night, we went to True Food Kitchen, recommended by the locals. I got the Teriyaki Quinoa bowl. Sooo good!


The Canal Club

The Canal Club quickly became my favorite brunch spot in Arizona. If I could move in here, I absolutely would. Everything from the interior decor to the food was spectacular.

That wraps up some of my suggestions if you plan on visiting Arizona! Let me know if you have any questions, also can I come with you!??

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Posted by:Kat Johana

118 replies on “Arizona

  1. Beautiful photos! We just returned from our SW National Park road trip with our roof-top tent & I can’t wait to blog about it! So far behind on my stories! Thanks for sharing! Makes me wish we explored more of Arizona!

  2. I’ve always wanted to visit Arizona! Thanks for the tips ❤️ I’m so glad you’ve got to experience and see so much beauty ❤️

  3. We’ll I’m not that into travelling but it seems like heaven, I wish I could go this one. But, Teriyaki Quinoa bowl, I wonder what kind of food it is, never heard of it before. Just have to google it now and I found it amazing

  4. I used to live in Arizona and sadly didn’t get to visit most of it other than the town I lived in. I may be moving back and I will certainly be doing some exploring this time. I will have to check these out!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing, I have always wanted to visit the grand canyon and your post and the lovely images are a reminder of what I`m missing.Hope I will one day do it.

  6. Love the photos from your trip! I will definitely check out some of these places the next time I’m in Arizona.

  7. The red rocks of Sedona were by far my favorite part of my visit to Arizona. I would love to go back to see the Grand Canyon in all its glory!

  8. I seriously love Arizona. I always tell people that photos never do justice when it comes to Arizona. Its truly a place to visit.

  9. I live in arizona and Sedona is absolutely beautiful. Another food place to visit is Inferno Jalapeno or Angry Crab Shack. One is incredible mexican food and another is some bomb ass seafood!

  10. wow! looks great! such a pretty place! I would so go there and enjoy! The photos are superb!

  11. I visited the Grand Canyon and Sedona when I was 14 with my family. I am 34 now and would love to return with my husband. I feel I would have a whole new appreciation for it being older now. The Botanical Garden is definitely something that we will have to check out when we go. Thanks for sharing all of your amazing photos!

  12. It definitely seems worth it to me! What a beautiful place it is! I’d love to visit someday in the future, perhaps when my children are a little older.

  13. I have never been to Arizona and I can say that this is a perfect destination getaway for my whole family.

  14. Everything about this post is wanderlust inspo! I wanna go on a road trip with my bf one day just hitting all the canyons! You pictures are beautiful too!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing these amazing photos 😍now I really want to visit Arizona too (L)

  16. Great posts, Arizona has a ton of beautiful spots to check out and explore. If you visit Arizona again I highly recommend checking out Jerome, it is a neat little town.

  17. So many beautiful cactus in botanical garden, looks so fun here, it’s stunning and a bit scary to see a cacti taller than you. 😊

  18. These are fabulous photos and videos. I’ve been to Arizona but didn’t have a chance to sight-see. I would love to visit again.

  19. Oh wow, it looks like you had an amazing trip. I always wanted to go hiking in the Gran Canyon, the views are so breathtaking. You found some really nice foodie spots during your trip too.

  20. Awesome photo diary! looks like so much fun! I would so spend my time there too! Such a fun day and pretty you!

  21. Such beautiful photos! This is completely and utterly spectacular!
    I would love to travel here so much. Thanks for sharing

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