The Grand Canyon and Beyond! (Part 1/3)

Recently, my good friend Samatha and I took a trip out west. We both recently wrapped up a chapter in our careers so we decided to meet in Las Vegas, NV and see uncharted territory!


First up: Making our way to The Grand Canyon

Like any good road trip, we quickly learned that driving is part of the adventure. Heading out of Las Vegas, we quickly stumbled up The Hoover Dam. What a treat! From there, we made the 3hr drive to Williams, AZ. We even got to drive on the famous Route 66 and take photos in the middle of the road. (Sidenote: Did you know that they have a monsoon season here in July? We didn't either.)


Williams was so much more than we imagined. It felt old-timey, classic and western. We stayed in The Grand Canyon Hotel which we found out after Samantha "felt something" that it's the #2 most haunted place in Arizona (according to google). I played a lot of "was it a ghost or a person?" all night long.


Grand Canyon National Park

What a dream! After arriving, we made our way via the shuttle bus to the South Kaibab Trail to hike to "Ooh-Ahh Point". The trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail with amazing views. It's slightly strenuous on the way back up.

This also happened. (We know, we know! Don't feed the squirrels..but just watch..)

The real view: Shoshone Point Trail

A friend of mine gave us the world-class tip to visit Shoshone Point. I'm so glad he did! This was an easy 1-mile hike into the woods and we were the only ones there. It took us to the craziest view of the south rim canyon!


Next up: Utah!

From Grand Canyon National Park, we drove 5 hours up to Southern Utah. The amount of times we said "this is so beautiful!" and "WHAT!" is insane. It was also amazing to drive through the Navajo Nation Reservation. We stopped at a few Navajo arts and crafts stands and spoke to some locals. I loved every minute of it.


Up next: Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument..