If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that we took a little road trip to Utah, Arizona, and Nevada last week. Johnny planned the whole thing to distract me as our original wedding date creeped up. I knew I was going to be a basket case on October 4th, so he made sure we were adventuring so I didn't have time to obsess over the heaviness of the day. We hopped in my Mustang, and checked off 3 landmarks from my bucket-list and I am so excited to share photos + travel tips with you.
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First stop, Bryce Canyon!
We started our trip with a 6.5hr drive from So Cal to Panguich, Utah. We stayed in a motel in the sleepiest little town and woke up early to get some breakfast at a local diner and then do the Fairyland hike in Bryce Canyon. While we were planning, we read that the 8 mile Fairyland hike was the most difficult inside Bryce, but decided to try it anyway. Johnny and I never hike - so I don't know what we were thinking. We were EXHAUSTED by mile 2, ran out of food + water, so we decided to turn back and hike 2 miles uphill instead of continuing on for 6 miles. I wish we would have completed the loop, but we had the best time exploring the hoodoos. It felt like we were on the set of Star Wars! While we were hiking back to the top, we saw SO many people over the age of 70 hiking with OXYGEN TANKS! Needless to say, we felt like big fat babies quitting! lol I highly recommend getting matching tees from the gift shop, and visiting the lodge for some post-hike pizza.
As far as COVID regulations go, people were still camping and everything remained open. Most people wore masks around their neck and pulled them up over their mouth and nose when passing someone on the trail but other than that, it was really relaxed and people were naturally 6 feet+ apart. I highly recommend this adventure after the past 7 months of lockdown!
Dress: Cleobella Daphne Dress
Shoes: AS98 Teagan Boot (more colors available)
Next stop, Page Arizona!
The next day we woke up early to make the 5hr drive to Page, Arizona. I absolutely love driving through the American West, there is SO much to discover. I wanted to pull over every 5 minutes to shoot, but we decided to wait until we saw something that took our breath away. We discovered this random hiking trail with striped triangular peaks, and were blown away by how stunning it was.
Pants: Urban Outfitters
After our impromptu shoot on Mars, we continued on to Page Arizona. We stayed at Best Western, and our room had the most gorgeous view. We were only 12 minutes from Horseshoe Bend, and made it there just in time for sunset. There were SO many people there, and bridal shoots happening left and right. My jaw literally dropped when I finally got to see this iconic landmark. It was everything I expected and so much more, and I know Johnny was loving every second of it too. He absolutely loves exploring and shooting landscapes, so this was a dream come true for him. We enjoyed sitting on the cliff and watching the sun dip behind the mountains. It was an experience I will never forget, and I already cannot wait to go back.
Arrive 40 minutes before sunset to make sure you get a good spot to shoot + watch the sunset, because that's when everyone arrives and you don't want to be stuck with an obstructed view.
Make sure you bring $10 for parking, and some water because the walk from the parking lot to Horseshoe bend is a bit far.
Top + Skirt: Revolve
Boots: AS98 Shaylynn Boot (more colors available)
Next stop, Lake Powell!
Our original plan was to kayak through the gorgeous antelope canyon, but when we arrived they were totally sold out :( Instead, we just hung out in the harbor and enjoyed the sunshine.
Last stop, Grand Canyon West!
The final stop on our trip was Grand Canyon West! We chose the West Rim because this is where the Sky Bridge is. If you're afraid of heights like me, then you're going to hate this.. The Sky Bridge is a 10-foot wide, horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that extends 70 feet out over the rim of the Grand Canyon. When you look down, you can see right through the glass platform 4,000 feet to the floor of the Canyon below. IT IS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING. I walked across and tried to stand with Johnny and look down, but my legs were shaking and I had to get off. It was an incredible view, but is not my cup of tea. We added on a meal ticked with our admission, so we headed up to the restaurant above the Sky Bridge and I thoroughly enjoyed watching all the other scared people walk across the bridge and freak out ;)
We weren't allowed to take any photos on the bridge - they are very strict and force you to put all your belongings into a locker. You cannot take anything on the bridge with you. But, they do have professional photographers shooting on the bridge and you can purchase images from them. We didn't want to do this, because the line was insanely long and if you just want to walk across without photos there isn't a line.
We got to sit at a table right by the window and watched everyone walk across the bridge.
We stayed at a little Airbnb near Grand Canyon West and snapped a few photos outside our trailer.