We just got back from our long weekend to Las Vegas and Northern Arizona and after a great weekend of travel, I actually had a hard time narrowing it down to these favorite moments on this trip. I can’t recommend this area highly enough and I know we’ll be back to visit again in the future. But for now, here are my favorite moments from our long weekend in the American South West.
On the way down, we flew in to Las Vegas and spent our first night there. After more times in Vegas than I can count, we were really excited to try out Giada’s new restaurant there. We had a late reservation for dinner Thursday evening and even though it was a lot later than we usually eat, we loved every minute of it. From the table right next to the window overlooking the Strip to the incredible food, we were really impressed and I know we’ll be back!
After arriving in Sedona late in the afternoon on Friday, we got up early Saturday morning to head up to Northern Arizona. We had to be up in Page for Antelope Canyon at 10am so that meant we left Sedona before the sun rose to get on the road. As we were passing through the outskirts of Flagstaff the sunrise was so pure and beautiful we pulled the car over on the empty road and spent a few minutes just taking it in. With no one else on the roads, it was like we had the lovely colored sky all to ourselves.
This was the part of this trip we were most looking forward to and it did not disappoint. Our 10:15am tour of the canyon was perfect and walking through this incredible canyon with our great guide was such an amazing travel memory. The walls of the canyon and the tiny slot openings are truly one of a kind and so breathtakingly beautiful.
While this seems like such a stupid thing to include on a favorite moments list, I had to add it! After our tour of Antelope Canyon, we were starving and headed the 6 minutes into nearby Page, Arizona. We stopped at the first restaurant we saw which happened to be El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant and ended up having the best Mexican food we’ve ever had in our lives. If you’re in this area… Be sure to stop here and be sure to finish your meal off with their incredible fried ice cream!
While Saturday was a long day of driving and seeing sites in Northern Arizona including Antelope Canyon and Horshoe Bend, we ended the day watching the sun set over the Grand Canyon. Seeing the Grand Canyon in person is already an incredible thing – the sheer size of it is truly incredible. But sitting there and watching as the colors spilled across the sky at sunset made it all the more special.
I can’t wait to share more about all the amazing places we saw while in Northern Arizona in the days and weeks to come!
Emily of Em Busy Living says
What an amazing trip! I can’t wait to see more photos.
It was so lovely… can’t wait to share all about it!
Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki says
Your pictures have me thinking we need to head down to Arizona when we go to Oregon for Christmas next year!
Yes! So beautiful down there… can’t wait to share more about our trip!
I saw some of the best sunsets of my life in Arizona. Such a beautiful state!
Seriously! The sunrises and sunsets there are so incredible!
Kelley @ Move By Yourself says
Antelope Canyon is the top of my list! It is so insanely beautiful in pictures so I can’t imagine what its like in person.
It was really incredible! I have a bunch of posts coming on Antelope Canyon in itself next week 🙂
Macy Volpe says
What a beautiful trip! I have only been to Arizona once and it was for a work trip, after this post, I really need to get back!
Yes! Such a cool state to explore more of!
Weekends & Wanders says
I’ve been dying to go to Antelope Canyon. Would you recommend taking the tour with a guide or can you go it alone?
I just did a post on this today! 🙂 https://landofmarvels.com/how-to-visit-antelope-canyon/ But long story short, you HAVE TO go with a guide, there aren’t any options to do it on your own.
Weekends & Wanders says
Oh awesome! Thanks for the link!