Roaming the Southwest

Two and a half weeks ago, I was relaxing in the sun near Phoenix, Arizona. I had last-minute bought a ticket to join my best friend (celebrating 10 years of best friendship with this woman!!!) in roaming the southwest. 

One of my favorite places that we ventured to was the Desert Botanical Gardens. This place is incredible and far more extensive than it appears on the outside, and just so stunning. 

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We spent a few days in and around the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Bougainvillea is one of my favorite flowers - it's so bright and cheerful! 

The Musical Instrument Museum is located just outside of the city; this was another one of my favorites. 

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On the fifth day, we made the trek from Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon. The whole drive there was absolutely stunning, and beautiful on the way back down that evening, too. If you know me, you most likely know that I love the sky & the stars. Passing through Flagstaff, the elevation was nearly 7,000 feet above sea level & the clear winter sky meant crisp bright stars - it was absolutely lovely. Flagstaff is also a certified dark sky area, so the stars are extra bright. 

And, seeing the Grand Canyon was just an absolutely unreal experience. 

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Near Scottsdale, there's a place called Cosanti. It was built by architect Paolo Soleri, and it's absolutely breathtaking. Cosanti is the birthplace of these ceramic & bronze bells, which you can spot all over the Grand Canyon State. 

Cosanti is the perfect breath of fresh air and mixes Arizona desert vibes with art studio. 

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The last day, I was kicking it in Phoenix by myself because my flight didn't leave until later on that evening. Naturally, I made my way to the Phoenix Art Museum and spent a few hours there before going to this sweet little coffee shop, Songbird Coffee & Teahouse. 

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TravelMeagan Lawler