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Our First American Southwest Road Trip

Just a short, four months ago, we embarked on a new adventure of living in the American Southwest – Arizona. Something I dreamed about for the last ten years.

Wonder why?

Don’t worry, many people wonder if I’m crazy for wanting to live in the desert. I probably would too, if my son hadn’t moved here and I didn’t get a chance to visit him yearly. It was on these trips that I fell in love with Arizona.

I hope that at least some of you are on the same page as me and know how magical the American Southwest is. Mysterious, glorious, and yes dry, but also green and beautiful.

The Beautiful American Southwest

American Southwest

So, for the past four months, we’ve been taking lots of mini, day trips and exploring southern Arizona. We’ve visited beautiful canyons, caves, small Americana towns, astronomical observatories, national forests, and even mountains. Yes, we do indeed have lots of mountains surrounding us, the highest of which, Mount Lemmon, towers over Tucson at 9,100 feet above sea level.

Anyways, we are finally doing our first, true American southwest road trip! We are about to clock 1,100+ miles and around 18 hours of driving, spanning two states.

Below is the map of our travels and stops..

Yes, folks, we’re going to Las Vegas!

But that’s not all, it just so happens, that we will be there for our anniversary. And, it just so happens, that that’s where we got married! Whoohooo!

So, we are making this into an 10-day road trip with multiple stops along the way to see some new and interesting places.

Here is our itinerary:

Days Destination
1,2 Lake Havasu, Arizona – Yes, we do have lakes too
3, 4, 5 Viva Las Vegas! Nevada
6 Hoover Dam, Nevada
6, 7 Grand Canyon, Arizona
8 Flagstaff, Walnut Canyon
9 Phoenix – quick stop to see our son
10 Back to Tucson, Arizona

At each stop, we have a schedule packed with sightseeing and exploring. I’m so excited!

On the way up, we’ll be stopping at Lake Havasu to see the famous London Bridge and the lighthouses.

And, since this is our anniversary trip, and since we’ve both obviously been to Vegas before, we’re trying something different. We’ll be staying in the “Old Vegas”, on Fremont Street. Also, we’re going to see “O” at the Bellagio Hotel.

How cool is that?

On the way back down, we’ll be checking out the Hoover Dam and then heading to the Grand Canyon. We’ve both been there before but it’s been 10 years for me and 20 years for Tim, so it’s time to see it again.

Then, on to Flagstaff and the Walnut Canyon – a new experience for both of us.

And, our final stop will be in Phoenix to visit our son and daughter-in-law.

All in all, we expect this to be a nice and relaxing road trip and an opportunity to see more of the American Southwest.

Other trips we’re planning this year are a road trip to southern California, another one to Utah, and finally a trip to the Rocky’s in Colorado. We hope to also squeeze in a trip to Mexico.

It’s going to be a busy year. 😊



About Joanna

is a Polish American living in Arizona with her husband Tim. She is a founding partner of JTR Tech and she is proud to be a professional geek. She had dreamt of living abroad for many years. So, she and Tim created AbroadDreams.com to document the process of making their dream of moving abroad come true. They spent 2 years in Puerto Rico and several months in Spain and Poland. Now they are exploring the American Southwest.

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  1. Growing up in So. Utah (Kanab), may I STRONGLY suggest you take ALT 89 just So. of Flagstaff on your way to Phoenix. This route will take you to Sedona and then take hwy 179 thru Oak ck canyon to rejoin the Fwy I-17 to Phoenix. It is a MUCH more scenic route and hardly takes you out of your way. ABSOLUTELY worth the drive. The FWY is sooooo boring.