V is for Verde valley, Verde canyon, Verde train


Train journeys – ah….Train journeys. I won't mention the NY to Chicago – no best not; the Verde Valley one now that was very nice. It didn't beat the Cumbes and Toltec, but it was very pleasant. I guess it's a case of if you see or do the best one first all the others are pale imitations.

The Verde valley is in Central Arizona so only about 100 miles north of Poenix. The Verde canyon railroad trip was very well organised and staffed by exceptionally well informed people. The first class carriage is very nice with easy chairs so if you book well ahead and want to pay a bit more I'd say it's good value. If you are in the Sedona area and want to do something a little different I would recommend it. I love how you always get to meet interesting people on trains- it's a good thing as there is no escape 🙂

Honanki ruins were once inhabited by the Yavapai – now, is that too good a Y to not return to?!


So while I'm grateful that the Verde valley offered me a V I am sad I couldn't have offered you the vermillion cliffs- they are soooooo on my bucket list and pretty difficult to get to- maybe one day.

The Verde valley Arizona is not to be confused with the Mesa Verde, Colorado. The latter didn't get a mention under M but it remains one of my absolute favourite places in the South West.

In response in Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

What can the last week of April hold in store with W, X, Y & Z?



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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla https://vannillarock.wordpress.com If you have come as a baker my blog is http://vannillarock.com i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

3 thoughts on “V is for Verde valley, Verde canyon, Verde train”

  1. Well it is an obvious and wonderful Z but I wasn’t digital (photography) when we were there and I haven’t got round to digitalising those albums. So sadly no. Zion is actually my favourite in that area.


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