Flagstaff/Williams, Arizona, the Grand Canyon and Cliff Dwellings
Wow! Unless one wants to boondock in the forest while adventuring around Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, bring deep pockets! We stayed at the KOA Grand Canyon, in Williams, where we paid extremely high prices for a crappy park. Sites were unlevel and we could trip over neighbor’s sewer drain while walking around our picnic table. Verizon cellular service and park wifi were basically so weak they were nonexistent most of the time, and the cabins for people traveling with pets had no amenities, like microwaves or refrigerators.
We enjoyed riding the Grand Canyon Railway to and from the canyon. Taking first class on the way back was fantastic! We took shoes off our aching feet, stretched out and enjoyed a couple $6 eye-popping hot bloody Marys and a fun dramatized train robbery. It was a wonderful way to finish a long day of sightseeing with thousands of other people at the rim.
After that full day of fun, we enjoyed a wonderful family dinner at Station 66 Italian Bistro. There was something for everyone on the menu, including wood-fired pizza, craft beers and kiddie favs!
Tip: The ground squirrels at the canyon were persistent, brave and opportunistic little creatures who would ruffle through an unwatched backpack or snack bag, even with humans only an inch or two away. So beware of them!