November 19, 2018

Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and California Travel Blog

Some of you may know that my dad, two of my siblings and I flew to Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. My dad wanted to attend the SEMA Show and so we decided to come along and do a road trip! If you know me (or my family!) you may know that we are a little crazy when it comes to road trips! We did about 2200 miles in 10 days.

Here is a visual of the basics of what we fit in.

So, to start it off, we flew into Las Vegas, got our rental car, and drove to St. George Utah. On the way, we were able to stop and have dinner at Cracker Barrel (One of my FAVORITE places ever!) Once we arrived, Dad and I went out around golden hour and went for a walk. 

The next day we got up early to get to Zion National Park before it got too busy 😀

After Zion National Park, we headed to Bryce National Park. I absolutely loved Zion and Bryce and would definitely visit them both again.

Our awesome rental car! This Jeep Renegade fit all four of us (tons of gear) and still got amazing gas mileage! 

Before we headed to the Grand Canyon (North Rim), we stopped off at this little parking lot and had a blast! My brother was able to fly his drone and I took some golden hour (sunrise) pictures… Then, on to the Grand Canyon! It was pretty cold on the way up, but once we got there, it warmed up and we were able to explore.

From the Grand Canyon, we headed south through Arizona! 

We went through Flagstaff and Phoenix, and arrived at the Pima Air and Space Museum! I happen to love historic aircraft, so it was really interesting to see all of these gorgeous planes in one place!

We also met a 95 year old World War 2, Korean War, and Vietnam War veteran! It was so cool to get to hear his stories!

The Museum also has an “aircraft graveyard” where they recycle and dispose of old planes.

From the museum we headed across the southern part of Arizona into Southern California and went to see the USS Midway in San Diego. It was so cool to be able to walk on the aircraft carrier!

After the USS Midway, we drove to the Los Angeles County Fire Museum! My dad grew up watching the show Emergency, and showed it to us, so we obviously wanted to see it!

We did go to Santa Monica, but it was so foggy that we couldn’t see much. The pier was SO busy and touristy so we were happy to leave. 

From the Santa Monica area we drove through Hollywood / Beverly Hills and then made our way to Yosemite.

After Yosemite we drove through Death Valley and back to Vegas, where dad went to the SEMA Show and we rested a bit. Funny story, but on the way back, we ran into another guy going to the show in his Chevy truck… and I offered to do a little mini shoot at the side of the road.

On the day before we flew back home we went to the Hoover Dam, which was an incredible piece of architecture! 


Lastly, we headed home! We had an awesome trip and I can’t wait for the next one 😉

  1. Amy

    November 19th, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    This looks like an incredible trip girl! So glad you got to explore so many beautiful places!!

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