Traveling to the Southwest USA was on our wishlist for a long time! We finally had a chance to go on this trip and here I’ll show you everything we did on the perfect 10 day road trip in the American southwest!
Before you begin a want to give you the top 3 reasons I believe you have to go on a road trip in the American Southwest:
- You will see amazing things, the American Southwest is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth!
- The parks you are going to visit are well organized; infrastructure is great everywhere you go.
- This is a very budget friendly trip. Specially if you avoid the high season.
Day 1 – Las Vegas – Valley of Fire – Springdale, Utah
We started our trip in Las Vegas, so in the morning we went to Valley of Fire and arrived there at around 10:30am. Oh my, what an amazing park! If you only want to go on one trail, the Fire Wave is the one! We stayed there until 3:30pm and headed to Springdale, Utah (we arrived at 7pm) and stayed at La Quinta Inn & Suites at Zion.
Day 2 – Zion National Park
After having breakfast at the hotel we went to Zion National Park. We went on three trails: Riverside trail, Weeping Rock Trail and Canyon Overlook Trail. Just amazing! And because it was winter, it was not at all crowded, plus we were able to drive our car through the Canyon (during high season you have to take the park bus).
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Day 3 – Springdale, Utah – Page, AZ
After breakfast we headed to Page, Arizona. We rode US89A until Jacob Lake and Marble Canyon. We entered the Glen Canyon Park (even more beautiful than we expected!) and saw where the Grand Canyon officially begins. Before arriving in Page we stopped at Horseshoe Bend. We stayed at Best Western View of Lake Powell.
Day 4 – Antelope Canyon – Monument Valley
Early in the morning we visited the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook (loved it) and Visitors Center before going on the Antelope Canyon tour. We visited the Upper Antelope Canyon and it’s incredible. A real must go! In the afternoon we headed to Monument Valley and arrived in time to see a great sunset! We stayed at The View Hotel.
Day 5 – Monument Valley – Forrest Gump Point – Goosenecks State Park – Petrified Forest National Park – Winslow, Arizona
We woke very early to see the sunrise from the balcony of our room and after breakfast we hit the road! Our favorite stop was at Forrest Gump Point, where Forrest Gump (from the movie) decides to stop running. After many pictures taken we went to Goosenecks State Park. It was just a quick stop and we headed to Petrified Forest. The Painted Desert and Blue Mesa were our favorite parts! We spent the night in Winslow at Best Western Plus Winslow.
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Day 6 – Winslow, AZ – Meteor Crater – Sedona, AZ
In the morning we walked around downtown Winslow and then went to Meteor Crater – the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth! After our visit we headed to Sedona and as soon as we arrived we went to the Airport Overlook, Bell Rock, the Chapel of the Holy Cross and ended the day watching the sunset at Airport Vortex. We stayed at Hotel Arabella.
Day 7 – Prescott – Jerome – Sedona
After breakfast we headed to Prescott (1h30mins from Sedona). We walked around historic Prescott (there is even a saloon from 1877) and went to Jerome, a very cute ghost town. We had some barbecue for lunch, walked around town and went back to Sedona. We had some time to visit main street, full of little shops, and went back to the Airport Vortex for another amazing sunset!
Day 8 – Sedona – Flagstaff – Arizona Snow Bowl – Grand Canyon
We left Sedona and went to Flagstaff. We walked around downtown and after lunch we visited Arizona Snow Bowl, a sky resort, but it had very little snow (we are from Brazil and we don’t have snow here, so that’s why we decided to go there, but if that’s not your case, you can skip that stop!). We then headed to the Grand Canyon and arrived just in time to see the sunset. We slept in Tusayan at the Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon.
Day 9 – Grand Canyon
After breakfast we began exploring the Grand Canyon. We stopped at several viewing points at Hermitt Road and Desert View Road. Well, there are no words to describe the Grand Canyon!
Day 10 – Grand Canyon – Williams, AZ – Rota 66 – Seligman, AZ – Kingman, AZ – Clhoride, AZ – Hoover Dam – Las Vegas
We hit the road early in the morning. We had breakfast in Williams and walked around the very little downtown area. We then went to Seligman and Kingman (both kind of disappointing). No road trip in the American southwest would be complete without driving on Route 66 – and we did it! Then on our way back to Las Vegas we stopped at Chloride, a ghost town, but we didn’t even leave the car. Our last stop was Hoover Dam. Early in the evening we arrived in Vegas and stayed at The Carriage House. And that’s a wrap 🙂
We think this trip was perfect and we would do it all over again in a heartbeat! And stay tuned, soon I’ll share more details from some of the highlights of this trip!
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