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During my three-week road trip through the USA, Arizona was the third state we visited. Even after having seen such amazing sights in Colorado and Utah, there are so many things to do in Arizona that won’t fail to amaze you. We only stayed in this state for two short days, but that’s enough time to see some of the main highlights. Here is my two-day itinerary to help you with your travel planning.
I love how every state in the US has something unique to offer. Every landscape has its own story and it feels like crossing countries rather than states because they differ so much from each other.
After our arrival in Page, we were glued to the pool for the first few hours. Arizona is HOT and we totally forgot about the time difference between Utah and Arizona, which left us with an hour to spare before check-in times! After dinner, our plan was to enjoy the sunset at Horseshoe Bend. Even though it was still boiling outside, we walked the little track for a breathtaking view. A must-do when visiting this state.
During sunset, the Horseshoe bend is busy. It’s probably the most beautiful time to see this sight. Nonetheless, the crowd didn’t make it any less amazing. Maybe the sunrise would be a better time to take photos because of the backlights, but luckily we were still able to take some photos and enjoy the view.
Horseshoe Bend is only a short drive away from Page, maybe 5-10 minutes. Make sure to bring a bottle of water, even during the evening, because you have to walk for 15-20 minutes to get to the view.
Horseshoe Bend: Mile Marker 545, Highway 89, Page, AZ 86040
The next day we visited Antelope Canyon. This Arizona sight is by far the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my entire life. Photos don’t do its beauty justice. It felt surreal walking through this beautiful canyon while the sunlight started dripping in early in the morning.
You have to book a tour to see the Antelope Canyon because of an accident that happened a few years back. These tours are great! Not only do they give you a lot of information about the history of these canyons, but they also give great photography tips to take the best photos possible.
When booking a tour through Antelope Canyon, you can choose between the upper and lower canyon. We picked the upper canyon. When choosing a time for your tour, I’d highly recommend going in the morning because seeing the morning sun pour into the canyon is breathtakingly beautiful. (Plus, it gives you enough time to move on to the next thing on our list!)
Antelope Canyon: Navajo Tribal Park, Page, AZ 86040
Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam
After checking out of our hotel in Page, we drove to the next thing on our itinerary. Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam were only a 5-minute drive from the hotel, which made it an easy choice to quickly visit it before moving on to the Grand Canyon.
Lake Powell is a reservoir located on the Colorado River. It is the second largest man-made lake in the US and has a beautiful scenery, perfect for some photos. For those who have more time in Arizona, I’d highly recommend going for a stroll around the lake and visiting Rainbow Bridge. Unforuntately, our time schedule didn’t allow it.
There is a visitors centre near the Glen Canyon Dam, which is worth a visit! You can look over the dam and walk across it.
Grand Canyon National Park
When in Arizona, you kinda have to visit the Grand Canyon. We decided to visit the North Rim instead of the South Rim because my parents had already seen the South Rim when they were in the states 25 years ago. After a little hike with a beautiful view, we reached the viewing point.
Once again, the view was incredible. It was a beautiful view, but somehow I had imagined the Grand Canyon very differently. I really wouldn’t say that Dead Horse Point Start Park was a less beautiful or impressive canyon. By all means, I slightly preferred Dead Horse Point! That doesn’t mean that I’m not really happy I got to see the Grand Canyon, but I would love to see the South Rim next time to see if that lines up with my expectations a bit more.
Grand Canyon National Park North Rim: Highway 67, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
During our road trip, we only stayed in Arizona for one night. In between visiting Monument Valley (Utah) and driving back to Kanab (Utah), we visisted Arizona. Because of the sights we planned to see, we decided to stay in Page.
We stayed in the La Quinta hotel in Page, which I would highly recommend. Very lovely staff, beautiful rooms, a pool and not too far from the town centre and you’ll have easy access to all the sights.