Exploring the Southwest USA on Amtrak Southwest Chief and driving to Sedona AZ

Last week, OurFarmilyReviews.com Contributor Marilyn (Grandma, as my kids refer to her) set her sights, with her friend, on a two-week long sightseeing trek around the Southwest (USA). I’m pleased to present this update from her including excerpts from her friend Susan, which comes to you as she’s on the road traveling via train from Chicago to NM to pickup a car rental with select accommodations as they enjoy traveling USA’s Southwest.

Leaving from the Midwest

We kicked off the trip leaving the Chicago area and traveling the first leg via Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. I haven’t taken a train trip in 20 years and it’s hard to believe that I’ll arrive in New Mexico tomorrow morning. If we were driving it would take 2 1/2 days. Wow! And, round trip, it was only $200. Much cheaper than paying for motels, food, and gas.

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Hiking trails in Sedona Arizona

My mom and late dad have been visiting Sedona, AZ, sometimes multiple times per year, since 1996.  “I don’t think we ever missed a year after that, so it’s been 20 years!” With amazing hiking trails and breathtaking views, Sedona has been a favorite place of theirs to visit every year. Below, my mom shares her impression of the best hiking trails in Sedona from her visit last month.Read More »