Utah & Arizona Summer Road Trip 2016

Now that all the posts are up on the blog. I wanted to share a quick itinerary of the places we visited on this beautiful road trip during the 4th of July week.

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We decided to land in Vegas and stay there one night. Flights from Miami to Vegas are pretty affordable. Much more affordable than landing in Salt Lake City or anywhere in Arizona. For us, the trip worked out great once we entered all the locations on Google maps. The entire trip looked like a lasso. It seems fitting, we were kind of visiting the old west Americana.

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Day 1: Landed at McCarran International Airport. We stayed one night in Vegas to recharge before the long drive the next day. On our way to Utah, we made a pit stop at Valley of Fire. I highly recommend visiting this park if you’re ever in Vegas.

Day 2 & 3: We drove to St. George, Utah to meet up with some friends. It’s a beautiful little city with really nice shops/restaurants in the area. From St. George the drive to Zion National Park was a little less than an hour. We stayed 2 nights in Utah.

Day 4: We drove to Arizona to visit Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell & Upper Antelope Canyon. See the One Day in Arionza post for more details. We stayed one night in Page, Arizona.

Day 5 & 6: On our drive up to Utah, we stopped at Monument Valley for a quick break. We spent two days in Moab, Utah and visited Arches National Park & Canyonlands.

It was definitely the road trip of a lifetime! There’s so much to see in our own country. I will for sure plan more road trips like this soon. If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear it. Feel free to ask me anything about this Arizona & Utah Summer Road Trip. I will try my best to help any way I can.

Happy Travels!

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xoxo, Afroza

 

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Two Days in Utah

The last two days of our Independence Day road trip was spent in Moab, Utah. It was the perfect way to end this epic road trip. While there, we visited two national parks that was very close to where we were staying. Check out the pictures and places below.

MOAB UNDER CANVAS

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I think we picked Moab as our final destination mainly because we wanted to stay at Moab Under Canvas‘ glamp site. It all started when I saw someone’s beautiful picture at Moab Under Canvas on an Instagram post. I just knew that if I didn’t take the chance to stay at this place during this trip then it probably wouldn’t happen for a while. So we took the leap and booked two night’s stay at Moab Under Canvas.

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It’s an extremely beautiful cozy place. I was so excited to finally check in to our tent. We ran into some booking issues while we were there. When this was initially booked online we made sure to book the Suite with 2 queen beds. Once we got there they told us that we had the safari tent. Not sure what happened and we tried to figure out the entire situation. But it was at the end of our trip and we were pretty tired, so we just let it be and stayed at the safari tent.  I would recommend double checking everything online and calling them ahead of time to make sure you booked the right tent.

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It was in the 70’s the first day at Moab. During the trip we were lucky to have a really good weather week. It did get pretty hot at night and the last day of the trip. I had a hard time sleeping at night, I pretty much hung out at the lobby where it was a little bit more open and windy. And yes it was scary walking back to my tent from the lobby at 4 in the morning. They do give you a lantern and you have to request a portable fan.

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There is a small water spray attached to each tent. We learned about it on our second day! It doesn’t really cool down the place but you do get a nice little shower out of it!

It was getting so hot in the tent that we decided to hang out at the local Burger King to cool down. Burger King was the only place with working Wi-Fi! No, I’m serious – I called a bunch of places to see if they had Wi-Fi. Apparently Starbucks (which was in a local super market) and other cafes, restaurants didn’t have working Wi-Fi!

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Yes, glamping is a little better than camping. I have gone camping before, for me the experience seems pretty similar. Mainly because if it’s cool enough, I can fall asleep anywhere! The major difference between the two is that this glamping had a big tent with a queen sized comfy bed and really clean communal shower/bathrooms. Next time maybe I will go during the cooler months.

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

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Arches National Park was only 10 minutes from Moab Under Canvas. The park is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Once you enter the park, you get a map of where the main arches are located. We were not prepared for the amount of hiking you’re supposed to do to reach each of the arches. It was also in the high 90’s that day!

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Arches National Park Utah

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 We only hiked to the closest and easiest arch – the Sand Dune Arch. There were narrow hallways that we had to walk through and the arch is a little hidden. There was so much natural beauty in every corner. I can’t even imagine how the other massive arches would look up close. Now I know for sure that I will have to be much more prepared and ready if I ever wanna go back to Arches National Park.

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CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Canyonlands National Park Utah

OMG! Canyonlands is absolutely breathtaking! It is so vast and magnificent. You feel so awakened when you look across the land that has been formed over millions of years. It was the perfect place to visit on 4th of July and our last day of the road trip. There were moments when I just sat there and forgot about all the crazy things that was happening around the world. If more people took the time to realize how beautiful the Earth really is, we would find peace a little faster.

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This land is your land, This land is my land – Woody Guthrie

xoxo, Afroza 

Photos by me and Gaurav Singh

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Monument Valley, Arizona-Utah Border

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Welcome to the valley of the rocks, which is Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii in Navajo. This park wasn’t initially in our itinerary. My friend suggested we stop and check out this beautiful valley on our way to Moab in Utah. There is a lodge right by  Monument Valley and a beautiful restaurant. It was a good place for a quick lunch break before the next drive. (See the previous post – One Day in Arizona)

Monument Valley Loop Drive

In Monument Valley you can drive your car on the loop drive path to see all the monuments. It’s a 17-mile graded dirt road. We didn’t go the entire 17 mile, which usually takes around 2 hours. We drove enough to see the majestic natural monuments and take some beautiful pictures.

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American West Monument Valley

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Monument Valley Gronimo

Monument Valley is an iconic symbol of the American West. While walking around taking pictures, this flowing ‘Geronimo’ flag immediately caught my attention. I had to look up his story. Geronimo was an Apache chief, who led his people to fight against the military of the United States for their homeland. He surrendered in 1886. He’s best remembered for his bravery, wisdom and the fight for freedom. Geronimo spent his last 2 decades of life as a prisoner of war.

Read more about Geronimo at Biography.com

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The entire itinerary of the trip will be posted on the blog soon.

xoxo, Afroza

Photos by me & Gaurav Singh

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One Day in Arizona

If you’ve been following along my travel journey on the blog, you’ve probably seen the post from when I visited Valley of Fire in Nevada and then Zion National Park in Utah. On our third day, we headed to Arizona to do more sightseeing. There are so many, soooo many gorgeous places in Arizona. We stayed one night in Page, Arizona – a small town with a population of approximately 7300! I hardly had any service in this town. Our hotel’s wi-fi pretty was limited too. We tried to do as much as we can in Page. We checked out 3 must-see spots in one day. See all the places we visited in Arizona below.

Glen Canyon Dam

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A quick must-see stop in Arizona. Just a 15 minute hike down to see the river and take some gorgeous pictures. The Glen Canyon Dam is the main reason why the city Page exists. The dam provides water and electricity to the city and some of the areas in the west. It’s reservoir is Lake Powell.

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Lake Powell

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The second stop was Lake Powell. It’s the second largest artificial lake in the U.S. The lake (actually a reservoir) extends well into Utah. It looks like an awesome place for boating and water sports. We just wanted to walk around and see the gorgeous blue water.

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Second largest Lake Powell

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Upper Antelope Canyon

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The main reason we wanted to visit Arizona was for this amazingly beautiful place called the Upper Antelope Canyon. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní. It means “the place where water runs through rocks.” Long ago, herds of antelopes used to roam around the area, which is where the English name ‘Antelope Canyon’ comes from. To visit the canyons, you are supposed to buy the tickets online. Not sure how we missed that, but we went to the tours area and was able to buy the tickets there. The Upper Antelope Canyon tours are always guided. You can’t enter the areas by yourself. Our tour time was later during the day, which is why the images are a little darker. But it was still breathtaking to see how hundreds of years of running water through the canyons created such dimensions and shapes on this land.

Upper Antelope Canyon Mountain

Upper Antelope Canyon Sandstone

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Upper Antelope Canyon Branch

Upper Antelope Canyon Heart

The ‘Heart’ of the Upper Antelope Canyon.

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Upper Antelope Canyon Arizona

Can’t wait to go back!

xoxo, Afroza

Photos by Gaurav Singh

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