Photo Diary: Thanksgiving Weekend in Utah & Arizona

For a good while, I have been wanting to go back and visit Bryce and Zion National Parks in Utah. When I was younger, my family went out there for a few days for a family vacation. But of course, when I was younger, I did not appreciate the beauty of these national parks and I’ve been wanting go back for some time. My boyfriend had never been and he was really excited to check it out.  So, we found sometime on Thanksgiving weekend to trek out to Utah and Arizona. We were out of town from November 25th-29th. Also,the reason for this trip too was to celebrate mine and my boyfriend’s birthday and our anniversary. We want to start making a tradition of going somewhere new together, yearly.

Day 1: Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

We left Los Angeles mid day around 12:00 PM and headed out to our first stop in Las Vegas, Nevada. We decided not to go straight to Utah on this day because I had to work in the morning and thought, “why not stay in Vegas for a night for a nice meal and a nice stay in a nice hotel?” We got to Vegas around 4:30 PM and checked into The Luxor. We decided to have dinner at the MGM Grand at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak and decided to treat ourselves… actually, Wesley treated us to a lovely and fancy dinner. My boyfriend had a huge steak and I had lobster and filet mignon and shared whipped potatoes and brussel sprouts with bacon. It was delicious! I kind of wish we took it with us. I highly recommend it! So good… I still dream about it. After, we decided to head to the casino floor and try our luck out. We didn’t want to stay out too late because we had an early morning the next day.

Day 2: Thursday, November 26th, 2015 – Thanksgiving Day

We left Vegas around 6:00 AM and headed out to Bryce National Park in Utah.  We got there around 12:00 PM and were amazed. It had recently snowed and the park was blanketed with a nice layer of snow. The canyon was covered in snow, but you could see little pockets of red from the red rock. We wanted to hike a bit and did a bit of the Rim Trail some of the Navajo Trail. The trail was pretty slippery because of the snow, but it was so much fun and so beautiful. In the late afternoon, we headed to where we were staying for the rest of our trip in Kanab, Utah. We used Airbnb and had the nicest host ever. They were very gracious with their home and very hospitable.

 

Day 3: Friday, November 27th, 2015

We left Kanab around 7:00 AM and headed out to Zion National Park. Our main goal for our Zion visit was to hike The Narrows. Mind you, it’s nearly winter and it has been snowing in Utah so, we decided to rent some water resistant suits to help keep us dry and some what warm. We rented out dry suits from Zion Adventure. They’re awesome because they have of the right gear available and even give a run down of what to look out for and how to maximize your hike in The Narrows. We spent about 4.5 hours in The Narrows and it was so amazing. The views of The Narrows were so breath taking and I was happy to see that there were other hikers hiking along with us. Also, the most amazing thing happened! IT SNOWED WHILE WE WERE HIKING! I’ve never seen it actually snow before and it was amazing. After our Narrows hike, we went to walk around the visitor center. After, we headed back to Kanab. The roads on the way home were pretty icy, so it was a little intimidating on the way back, but we made it safely.

Day 4: Saturday, November 28th, 2015 – Wesley’s Birthday!

For Wesley’s birthday, we headed out to Arizona to check out Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley. The Horseshoe Bend a natural wonder of nature that raps around the Colorado River. It was so beautiful. Since Horseshoe Bend is about 10 minutes outside of Page, Arizona it was easy trek back into town. In town, we headed to where our tour began for the Antelope Canyon.  In order to go into the Antelope Canyon, you must be with a Navajo guide. We choose Antelope Slot Canyon Tours by Chief Tsoise.  I highly recommend this tour because our guide was really helpful with the history of the canyon and photography tips. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours, which was plenty of time. The only down side is that there are a lot of people on tours at the canyon, but it’s still pretty nonetheless. After, we headed out to Monument Valley. The views in the valley are breathe taking. We checked out the visitor center and the views from the center. So pretty! The great thing about Monument Valley is that you can actually drive through the valley. The drive is great because it really brings you into the valley and you can see things up close.

Day 4: Sunday, November 29th, 2015

On our final day, we said good by to our host in Kanab and headed back to Los Angeles, but hit a lot of traffic on the way home.

 

We had a lot of fun during our trip. We experienced a lot of new things together with the weather and the hikes that we went on. I am so glad that we finally went on the trip together and got to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary on our trip.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

 

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