I know I just went on vacation. But I need another vacation.

Its been four months since our last vacation. Let me rephrase that. It’s ONLY been four months since our last vacation, and I’m already antsy to start planning the next one. So guess what. I started planning the next one.

The plan is… to head out west to the dry, arid desert for a week-long stay in the state of Arizona!

On the itinerary… Fly from St. Louis to Phoenix. Relive the glory days with our good old college friend, Kevin, for three nights. Drive north to Sedona for two nights, where we’ll explore the town, maybe go on a hike and check out the Petrified Forest (only a couple hours away). Then, we’ll drive farther north to the Grand Canyon and spend two nights in Page, Arizona. From Page, we’ll take a half day rafting trip on the Colorado River through sandstone cliffs and crystal clear blue water and hopefully have enough time to visit Horseshoe Bend and/or The Wave. Then, we’ll make the drive back down to Scottsdale to spend one last night with Kevin before flying home to the STL.

Sedona rock formation

Sedona rock formation

Photo courtesy of SedonaCam

Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest

Photo courtesy of National Geographic

Toroweap Outlook, Grand Canyon

Toroweap Outlook, Grand Canyon

Photo courtesy of MostBeautifulPages.com

Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon

Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon

Photo courtesy of Lori-Rocks

Horseshoe Bend, near Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, near Page, Arizona

Photo courtesy of HorseshoeBend.com

The Wave, located on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes

The Wave, located on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes

Photo courtesy of The Cool Hunter

We’ve managed to get some pretty good deals on the two things we’ve booked so far.

Flights: Booked through Southwest. One leg of the trip was $10, thanks to frequent flyer miles — mainly the ones I racked up during work travel in 2012. Thank you, j-o-b.

Hotel: Reserved through Hotwire.com for $146 a night. This is probably the third or fourth time we’ve booked a hotel through Hotwire, and we’ve always been pleased. (Well, except for that one time when we got what had to be the smallest room at the Allerton Hotel in Chicago. But even then, it wasn’t that big of a deal, since we spent most of our time away from the hotel.) But here’s the deal with Hotwire. You buy based on the price and star-rating. The name of the hotel isn’t revealed until after you purchase. All sales are final and non-refundable. If you’re brave enough to get past all that, you actually get quite a deal. I booked the hotel based on a four-star rating and $146 price tag, and this is the hotel we got…

Amara Resort & Spa

Amara Sedona 1

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Amara Sedona 3

Photo courtesy of Amara

There’s still a lot more of this trip to plan, but of course, that’s part of the fun for me. If you’ve been to AZ and can recommend any must-sees, please share!

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