Adventures in the Southwest: A Utah & Arizona Travel Diary

If I’m being honest, I never really enjoyed road trips. Maybe because the only road trips I’ve ever been on were from San Francisco to San Diego. The scenery isn’t that appealing. Unless you’re on Pacific Highway 1 (a beauty, truly).

My family hasn’t been on a big road trip since I was a little, actually. I remember driving to Lake Tahoe when I was little during the winter for the snow. I also remember trips to Reno and Las Vegas as well. Other than that, we haven’t gone on much. Surprisingly, my dad was eager to go on one this winter break. We decided to make the trip to the different national parks in Utah and Arizona. There are so many in Utah, but we had only four days to cover both states. The verdict: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the Grand Canyon. In a matter of five days, I was in four different states. The day after I landed in California from Chicago, I was already off to my next adventure!

Our trip started with Las Vegas as a good starting point for the week. On Sunday evening, we arrived in Nevada to stay the night. The following morning, we were off to Utah.

Day 1: Zion National Park

Only a 2-hour drive from Sin City, the drive went by in a blink of an eye. Famous for its Angels Landing and the Narrows hikes, Zion is filled with trails to get you moving. We got there pretty late and the sun was going to set soon so we were only able to do two short hikes. From the two, the notable one was Canyon Overlook Trail. Would definitely want to come back during the warmer months when more trails are open! We then drove to Bryce Canyon City to spend the night.

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Day 2: Bryce Canyon National Park

My favorite national park hands down. Snow swept the tops of the hoodoos and it was such a beautiful sight. We were able to also play around in the snow. Every viewing point of the park was breath-taking and left me in awe. The highest altitude of the park is at an astonishing 9,100 ft!

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Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park

After our glorious days in Utah, we stayed the night in Page, AZ before our trek to the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, Horsehorse Bend had a full parking lot and Antelope Canyon had an off-the-charts off-season pricing during our time there. Will find time to come back someday! After breakfast, we went straight to the Grand Canyon. I feel like if you’re in Arizona, you might as well make the trip! I see why. This national park is truly a beaut.

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Day 4: Sedona, AZ

The last stop of our Southwest road trip was Sedona, Arizona. Although we were there for only a short amount of time, this little town has my heart.

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Oh, how beautiful His creations are.

This was such a refreshing trip! I am super motivated o visit even more national parks. What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!


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