As some of you may have seen from my Instagram account, I recently spent 3 weeks traveling around the west coast of America. We drove over 3,300 miles, visiting California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah and, obviously, it was as incredible as you’d expect.
With each place we went to, my brain just became more crowded with ideas for blog posts, and it’s hard to know which way to go about getting all these amazing experiences documented.
After a lot of thinking, 103GB of photos and videos to go through, and about a week to get over the jet lag, I thought the best place to start would be to summarise my top 5 favourite places of the trip. So here goes!
1. Antelope Canyon
This has been near the top of my bucket list ever since I saw it as one of the Apple default screensavers years ago. The beautiful looking rock is formed by erosion from flash flooding over thousands of years and is truly awe-inspiring.
There are two sections to this slot canyon (Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon), both of which are only accessible if you have booked on to a tour. Watch this space for a whole blog posts on the do's and don'ts of Antelope Canyon, coming soon!
2. Horseshoe Bend
If you're thinking 'Instagram goals', you'd be correct. You've probably seen many photos of this location but nothing compares to seeing it in the flesh. If you're near Page in Arizona, you HAVE to check out this incredible view.
This natural formation shows the Colorado River in all it's glory and sitting on that cliff edge is definitely enough to give yourself the willies. Got to be careful of that 1000ft drop!
3. Monument Valley
Monument Valley is a national park owned by the Navajo people, well-known for it's unmistakable rock formations. Whilst we were there we spent the evening with a Navajo Tribe Elder named Don. He drove us around the park whilst the sun was setting and taught us about his culture.
He sung us a traditional song, told the stories of his ancestors and reminded me how valuable my education is. Around 13 Navajo families live in the park without running water or electricity, and whether you're a fan of the classic western movies or not, this is a place you can't miss!
This is another place that I'm saving all the juicy bits for a full blog post because trust me, there is so much to see here! The sheer size of this place is IN-SANE and the views are a great reminder of how naturally beautiful our world is.
Glacier Point, Lake Tenaya and Tunnel View were just a few of the incredible places we visited whilst we stayed in Yosemite. Just look at those views!
5. Death Valley
The maximum temperature ever recorded here is 57°c! Whilst we were there, it got up to around 48°c, and hiking through Golden Canyon in that heat was all fun and games until we ended up having to practically run to the car in desperate need of Air Conditioning!
Exploring the hottest place on Earth was, yes, you guessed it... f*cking hot! Pictured above is Badwater Basin which is the lowest point in North America at 282ft below sea level. It's pretty crazy being somewhere so barren and desolate, but it's an experience that everyone should behold!
So there you have it!
And now that I've reminisced and topped up my dosage of post-traveling blues, I hope I was able to give you a glimpse of the amazing things that Western America has to offer.
Have you guys ever been to any of these places? Are any of these places on your bucket list?
Let me know in the comments!
- Lois x