Joel and I love to road trip, so when we were invited to his sister’s wedding in Phoenix we thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to explore some of the South West together. On our trips we prefer to stop at the unconventional, weird and unique places. I use roadtrippers.com to find interesting stops along our route, and on this one we found some really awesome ones.
Our first stop was lunch on our way out of LA at Tio’s Tacos in Riverside, CA. This place is crazy. It’s a little Mexican restaurant with a huge garden of creations made from recycled materials. There’s tons to see here, so Joel and I wandered around for a long time checking out all the characters and little buildings.
After walking around we headed into the restaurant for lunch. The food was good, your general mexican fare, but the agua fresca was amazing! They had so many different kinds, I had the pineapple and it was fantastic.
Our next stop was the Cabazon Dinosaurs. Being dinosaur lovers we had to stop here. These are gigantic dinosaurs on the side of the highway in Cabazon, CA. There is a museum here and you can go inside the brontosaur to visit the gift shop, but we needed to get on the road so we just stopped off for a few quick pics.
Once we made it to Arizona we went straight to Joel’s sisters in Phoenix for the rehearsal dinner and to spend time with the family. I couldn’t believe how short of a drive it is from Los Angeles to Phoenix.
On the day of the wedding Joel and I had plenty of time to take in some of the sites in Phoenix. Our first stop was a Frank Lloyd Wright house, Taliesin West. I studied some of his work in college so I just wanted to go take a look, we didn’t have time for a tour, but we definitely want to check it out when we go back.
I’m obsessed with the cactus there as well – they’re so cool. Another interesting stop we made was at Louis Lee’s Rock Garden. This is a suburban property owned and decorated by Louis Lee from 1958 till his death in 2006. His family now owns the property and you can look at it from the road. There’s tons of altars, statues, and lights all over it, its really amazing that one man did it all himself.
Phoenix was incredibly hot – like hotter than anything I’ve ever experienced. As the day wore on we still had places to visit but kept retreating to the air conditioning. We made a quick stop and see at Camel Back Mountain. The pictures just don’t do it justice. Its an incredible mountain with a great view of the city. We also went to check out Hole in Rock on our way back to the hotel – in the heat of the day we weren’t able to hike at either place. We’re hoping to head back to Phoenix in the cooler months and spend more time outdoors and get some great hikes in.
That evening we attended the wedding at a beautiful golf course in Scottsdale. The wedding was wonderful and we had an awesome evening with family and friends. Joel and I always forget to take nice pictures of us together so all we got was a hotel bathroom selfie.
More posts to come on our Arizona adventure – check back here to see our trip continue from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon.
xoxo – Loee