During my stay in Los Angeles, I did two road trips. Read more about the first one, HERE.
On the second one, we did: Las Vegas, the Gran Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Monument Valley, and Zion National Park. Do not forget to take The U.S. Park Pass as I already explained in my article: The American West: 10 days road trip.
| Las Vegas & Grand Canyon
As I already visited these two sites during my first road trip, I refer you to my article below.
| Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are both situated in Page. That town is situated in Arizona, and is a touristic town on the southern shore of Lake Powell lined with motels and eateries. That small town is a strategic point, which will allow you to visit some of the most beautiful landscapes of the “Great West”, like Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.
I highly recommend you visit this site, it was a good experience! You only can visit the canyon with a guided tour. The group is led through at a brisk pace, but it’s worth it to photographing one of the wonders of the West, a slot canyon of sinuous, striated walls illuminated by beams of sunlight.
Before visiting the canyons, you will have a dilemma to solve. That is to say, visit the Upper or the Lower Canyon? Having been totally satisfied with the visit of the Lower Canyon, I did not feel the need to go to the Upper Canyon. The “Lower” is playful, narrow, magnificent. The “Upper” meanwhile, is flatter.
I recommend you to book the tour in advance as there are schedules to respect. Click here to book your tour.
Located about 6 km south of Page, downstream from Glen Canyon and Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend is one of Arizona’s icons. Carved out by water, that bend of the Colorado River offers an exceptional spectacle between emerald green waters, ocher sandstone walls, and a lush vegetation.
The place is very easily accessible since you just have to park in a (free) parking lot provided for that purpose, a few kilometers outside of Page and around 15 minutes walking towards that fascinating view!
| Monument Valley
This is a geological wonder, with “monuments” that can reach several hundred meters high. The place belongs to the Navajo Indians. Before arriving at the entrance of the park, you are overwhelmed by the view, as there are several breathtaking scenic roads!
Note, that the roads slaloming between the monuments are not paved, and it will be difficult to venture with small cars.
The location has been extremely popular since it was first revealed to the world in the 1940s following the filming of the film “The Fantastic Ride” by John Ford, starring actor John Wayne.
| Zion National Park
We ended our road trip in Zion. The National Park of Zion will immerse you in a setting that is still very different from the others! You will need to plan at least a full day here to enjoy the hikes and views of the park.
The most famous hike is the Angels Landing Trail. That is THE hike to do in Zion, as it is very impressive. It will take you to totally “crazy” viewpoints on the peaks of the park. Unfortunately, we had no time to do the hike. 😔
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