Wish You Were Here: Iran, Arizona and more - Mercury News
By JACKIE BURRELL
Publish Date: September 11, 2016 at 11:30 am
Our globe-trotting readers have trekked to Iran, Arizona and beyond. Now they’re sharing images and travel tips in one of our most beloved reader features, Wish You Were Here.
ARIZONA: Concord residents Linda Graniero and Ken Hansen spent five days in Sedona at the Hilton Resort, a “beautiful hotel,” Graniero says. “The highlight of our trip was going on the ancient ruins tour with the Pink Jeep Tour,” which included a stop at the Honanki heritage site, pictured.
Travel tips: “The weather was wonderful. Best time to go is April, May or October.”
ARIZONA: San Jose residents Sameer Goyal (behind the camera), Smita Dugar and their kids, Raina, left, and Indrea toured Arizona on a spring break trip that included a stop at Bell Rock in Sedona, pictured.
Travel tips: “Stay in Flagstaff and make day trips to tour northern Arizona: Grand Canyon, Page and Monument Valley,” Goyal says. “Then relax in Sedona with unbelievable views in every direction. And don’t miss Slide Rock State Park!”
IRAN: Aptos residents Michael and Rosemary Sarka visited Iran this spring with other former Peace Corps volunteers in a program set up by Global Exchange out of San Francisco. The trip included a stop at the tomb of the poet Hafiz in Shiraz, pictured. “Every city in Iran has beautiful gardens irrigated by a unique system of underground water from the mountains,” Rosemary says. “Iranians spend a lot of free time strolling through the gardens, and so did we. We found the people eager to talk to us and enthusiastic about renewed relations with America. From Persepolis to the gorgeous carpets, Iran is a wonderful place to visit.”
Travel tips: “American tourists must engage a local guide to travel in Iran, and women must wear a scarf.”
Share your travels with us! Send your vacation selfies to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to tell us who’s who, where they’re from and where you are — and include a couple of travel tips to help fellow readers globetrot, too.
Abridged From: Mercury News