"This rustic inn sits on one of the loneliest and most scenic highways in Arizona, just South of the Utah state line. Tucked against the ferocious escarpment of towering rock walls, Lees Ferry Lodge offers motel rooms, a restaurant, and bar with a an amazing beer selection. I can’t vouch for the rooms because I haven’t spent the night but I can never drive by without grabbing a bite and a brew and to relax for awhile on one of my favorite porches in the world. The Vermilion Cliffs rise 3,000 feet above the plateau, a geological upheaval that appears as an endless line of lofty buttes and mesas. Carved by eons of erosion to expose a bouquet of colorful strata, the cliffs provide your meal with an unforgettable backdrop. You can’t go wrong with ribs, steaks, the delicious smoked trout platter, or big ol’ burger. But it’s the porch I love most. Sitting there on a June evening as the twilight unpeels the afternoon heat and the sky spins through a color wheel – red, then orange, then melting into a molten puddle of gold – is the ideal way to kiss Summer full on the lips."
Milepost 541.5 Arizona 89A, (928) 355-2231.www.vermilioncliffs.com
Source: Roger Naylor "Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook For Hungry Hikers".