We visited Sedona, Arizona a couple of weeks ago, driving down there from Las Vegas. I didn't know what I had been missing by the way of blue skies, which I always found to be quite beautiful in Pennsylvania summers and autumns. And then I saw these:
The first photo is a view from Oak Creek Canyon, along a picturesque winding road down from Flagstaff towards Sedona, the second a view at Slide Rock state park, where the main attraction is a series of natural water slides in an apple orchard, and the third in Sedona proper, across from the town's best pizza place.
Our Grand Canyon photos all turned out curiously washed out, as though we were merely posing in front of a photo backdrop rather than the real thing, which looks much more vivid than this example. The setting sun did provide some great photo ops on the Bright Angel trail, however.
We got lucky enough to see an elk on the way out of Grand Canyon National Park, S did a U-Turn in the van for us to click away, annoying the driver behind till she too saw what we were at. Soon enough, there was a line of 3 or 4 cars doing exactly the same thing as us, cameras flashing away.