This summer my friends and I took an amazing trip to West coast. We road tripped from Arizona, to Utah, and then ended the trip in Nevada. It was one of the best and most rewarding trips I’ve ever taken. Below is our itinerary, we went for 6 days and took a red eye home which gave us a full last. I hope you take this trip and enjoy it as much as we did. Shop for hiking essentials here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/bisplasencia/list/1UA9MNIJK3FL0
Day 1: Phoenix, AZ
- Fly into Phoenix, AZ – take an early flight, remember Arizona is 3 hours behind.
- Once you land, go pick up your rental car. We booked ours ahead of time through Expedia. The company be rented our car through was Fox. We rented a Kia SUV, it was perfect for a group 4.
- If you’ve never been to the West coast, I recommend stopping at In N Out for a quick lunch before heading on the road
- Begin driving to Sedona (2 hours away)
- Arrive in Sedona, AZ and check-in to your Air BNB, here’s where we stayed: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/21140419?source_impression_id=p3_1651461852_%2FUgTJnMpZpPSr%2BsW
- It was the perfect place for the 4 of us and it had incredible views. You’re 2 minutes away from the local Safeway and delectable local restaurants.
- Once checked in, go grocery shopping for the food we’ll need for the next couple of days, especially water and what you need to make sandwiches.
- Enjoy the day in Sedona and have dinner at the finest restaurant in town, Mariposa.
- Mariposa is a beautiful Latin inspired restaurant located on a hilltop, head over here around 6:45PM for dinner. You’ll get the sunsetting behind the red rocks.
Day 2: Sedona, AZ
- Wake up at 8:30 and drive to the Chapel of the Holy Cross (Free admission and parking)
- *Book ahead of time* Drive to the Pink Jeep Tour Broken Arrow Trail later in the afternoon https://www.pinkadventuretours.com/sedona-tours/broken-arrow/
- Head over to Sedona Beer Company that is about a 10-minute walk from the your headquarters and order the Furikake seasoned sweet potato fries with spicy ketchup…thank me later. We shared the fries as a table and all ordered beer flights as well.
- For lunch, head to Famous Pizza. This will be more of a drive, about 10 minutes, this is closer to where our Air BnB was located. They sell pizza by the slice here and the pizza was delicious!
- Go watch the sunset on Airport Mesa, it’s beautiful
- Make dinner at home, we made tacos, and go to bed early!
Day 3: Sedona, AZ
- Wake up at 3am for our Hot Air Ballon ride with Red Rock Balloons (~$300) https://redrockballoons.com/
- Head over to Devil’s bridge, make sure you chugged an IV packet in the morning and that you water bag is full (hike is moderate and take you about 3 hours round trip)
- Change into swimsuits and head to Slide Rock State Park $15 parking fee
- Head over to Cottonwood, the city next door, at night and eat at Colt. We were told it’s the best barbecue for miles, we got there too late and it was closed, but you should definitely try to eat there.
- Be advised the drive back is DARK. There are no street lights so either try to go earlier to leave or be careful at night, it’s only a 20 minute drive.
Day 4: Page, AZ (Stopping by Route 66 and the Grand Canyon)
- Have breakfast at Sedonuts, get the Vortex!
- Get your aura read at Crystal Magic, it’s $30 and a must-do while you’re in Sedona.
- Wake up early to travel to Page (3 hour drive)
- Drive to Williams, AZ which is Route 66
- Eat lunch here and spend some time walking around the historic town
- We ate at Station 66. It was a cute restaurant with vintage themes that also had a brewery connected to it. It was wood-fired pizza with Italian dishes as well. The food was very good and their local wines were tasty. Alex went to the brewery next door and got a flight. Within the flight there was cucumber beer that was the most wonderful thing I have ever tasted. You NEED to try it.
- After exploring, hop in the car and head to East Canyon. East Canyon is on the way to Page, AZ, which is where we were headed next.
- The East Canyon also has the desert view point which contains a historic clock tower and incredible views. Locals told us it was the best part of the Canyon.
- You’ll spend about an hour to an hour and a half here, depending on how much you want to see.
- Once you’re done, put in Page on the GPS and head out.
- Here, we stayed at this beautiful Mariott https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/pgacy-courtyard-page-at-lake-powell/overview/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2&y_source=1_NzI2ODkzLTcxNS1sb2NhdGlvbi53ZWJzaXRl
- Once you’ve checked in, head to Safeway to get more groceries for the next hikes you are doing.
- Eat at Big John’s Texas BBQ for dinner, you will not be disappointed, it was pretty good BBQ. Remember to get the peach cobbler with ice cream to have a sweet end to your day.
Day 5: Page, AZ
- *Book ahead of time* Reserve Lower Antelope Canyon at 10:30AM (this is said to be the best time for the tour and to see the rainbow colors while the sun shines through) https://www.antelopelowercanyon.com/
- Go to Horseshoe bend, entrance fee is $10 per vehicle
- There is a 15-minute walk to get to the Bend so be advised
- *Book ahead of time* After Horseshoe Bend, head to Lake Powell for your kayak rental https://lakepowellpaddleboards.com/
- Go out for dinner to El Tapatio, a little pricey, but delicious Mexican food. They also only have giant margaritas!
Day 6: Zion National Park, UT
- Wake up early and travel to Zion National Park (Utah) (2 hours)
- Hike The Narrows, it is a water hike, the water isn’t too deep, it only goes up to your thighs. The entire hike will take about 6 hours, you don’t have to do the whole thing if you don’t want to. -> It’s a super fun hike
- Definitely buy a hiking stick in their gift shop, we bought the wooden one that is able to be broken down.
- If you have time after The Narrows, drive to Bryce Canyon, it is inside Zion.
- We booked a stay here in Cedar City, which is about 1.5 hours from Zion. https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/cdccy-courtyard-cedar-city/overview/
Day 7: Utah and Vegas
- Wake up early and drive from Cedar City to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park (1.5 hours)
- We booked an ATV tour which including 30 minutes of sand boarding and 30 minutes of a tour through the dunes. We recommend doing this instead of just renting a board or sled. It is a lot more work if you do that. https://www.coralpinkatvtours.com/#guided-scenic-tours $80
- Eat lunch at Bee’s Marketplace, it’s just outside of the sand dunes. It’s a HUGE grocery store that has several restaurants inside. Lunch here was great.
- After lunch, drive to Las Vegas (2.5 hours) https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/lasfi-fairfield-inn-las-vegas-convention-center/overview/
- Head to the 7 Magic Mountains, just 30 minutes south of Las Vegas.
- Go out in Vegas and unwind.
Day 8: Las Vegas, NV
- Spend the day in Vegas, go to a pool party or explore the city, the possibilities are endless
- Drop off car rental car at 8:30
- Leave on the red-eye from Vegas back to Miami