Road Trip (noun):
A long distance journey on the road.
If this is your first time visiting the blog, welcome! I hope your holiday season is going well.
Since it is #ThrowbackThursday, I thought it would be fun to dedicate this post to a travel experience that happened exactly a year ago. My boyfriend Christian and I went to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. For those who are not familiar with these two places, they are two landscapes in Page, Arizona in between the Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks.
Because we live so far away from each other, planning took a few months. One requirement for this trip was to not spend a lot of money since Christmas was right around the corner. Christian lives in Los Angeles, and I live in Washington DC, so it only made since for me to fly to California to meet him so that we could drive and not waste money on two flights.
Using Christian’s car, we drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas (which took about 5 hours) and spent the night at Bally's Hotel. Booking months in advance was smart because the hotel had a promotion for $40 a night (before taxes).
The next morning, we woke up about 4 am to drive from Las Vegas to Horseshoe Bend, which took 4.5 hours.
On the road, we always stop at the first gas station we see if we are not in a major city (and if it doesn't look creepy). I always have this daunting feeling that we might never see another gas station again, so about 2 hours into the drive we stopped for gas, snacks, extra water and hand warmers.
The walk from the parking lot to the view of the bend is short and when we finally got there I was both terrified and amazed! It is a remarkable view, but I am afraid of heights. We spent about an hour taking pictures, stretching our legs and enjoying just being outside.
Our next stop was Antelope Canyon, which is only a few miles away from Horseshoe Bend. We went into this part of the trip blindly because we didn’t know about the tours or fees associated. There is a requirement to go into the lower canyon with a tour guide costing $26 per person.
*Starting in January of 2018 general admission will increase to $40 per person.
To get into the lower canyon, you have to walk down a skinny staircase backwards (my fear of heights was definitely tested this trip). The tour lasted over an hour and I was super grateful for the hand warmers because 45 minutes into the tour, I was really cold. The pictures are no comparison to being there in-person for the amazing views.
After visiting the canyon, we stopped at a Jack in the Box/ gas station before getting back on the road to Vegas. We spent another night at Bally’s and drove back to Los Angeles the next morning.
From this trip, I realized that there are many places to see and you don’t have to be a world traveler to do so. My advice to you is to take advantage of your own time doing something you want to do and just go for it!
If you ever plan on doing a road trip like this one, here are my suggestions:
- Check the weather multiple times, bring lots of layers if you’re going during a cold season and buy hand warmers!
- Bring a backpack with everything you think you would need if you were stranded in the desert.
- Have snacks and lots of water.
- Take some time to consider your travel buddies. More than 10 hours were spent in the car for our trip. This allowed us to equally split up the drive and enjoy each other’s company, but unless you really love someone or can hang with them for a long period of time in a vehicle, don’t travel with them. It won’t be fun.
- Do your research. Look into all the places you plan to visit using travel websites, blogs, Pinterest, message boards, etc.
Since the trip, Christian and I have been planning small outdoor excursions and have another one coming up in a few short weeks. If you plan on taking a trip or have already done so, I’d love to hear from you and learn about your tips and tricks to having a good time.
"The world is too big to stay in one place and life is too short to do just one thing."
Edited by @joshuaperrin_