Flash back to December on the American Southwest Road Trip... We had just completed day 1 in the Grand Canyon and we were all excited to wake up in a new town and tackle the awesome adventures day two had in store.
We stayed at the Quality Inn Lake Powell in Page, AZ for its affordability and location, but the biggest reason I recommend this hotel is for the breakfast! We paid an extra $12 for the room to include free breakfast and it was the best decision we made the whole trip. Waffles, yogurt, coffee, biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, potatoes. Everything you could desire for breakfast was offered here and it was amazing. After the day we had yesterday and all passing out from exhaustion without dinner this was the best way to wake up.
We gave ourselves some leisure time this morning by booking the 11am tour of Lower Antelope Canyon with Ken’s Tours. A paid tour guide is required to enter the Antelope Canyons, and we chose Lower because reviews sad it was much less crowded. It sure was! The four of us were the only ones on our tour and our guide was so nice! She took her time on our tour and snapped all our photos and showed us iPhone tricks to get the best shots of the canyon.
Tip: Turn your iPhone to the chrome filter to capture the orange and purple hues in the canyon.
Tip 2: Tip your tour guide well. Ours definitely deserved it.
The Antelope Canyons are AMAZING! Your underground in this canyon made entirely by mother nature – wind and water – and feel so small gazing up the 50-foot canyon walls. There really aren’t words to describe how cool this place is, so I’ll let the photos do all the talking.
The tour was only about an hour so we set off for our next stop ahead of schedule. Horseshoe Bend is just a couple miles from Lower Antelope Canyon and is free to visit. It’s spot along the Colorado River where the water bends around a big rock mount, creating a horseshoe shape in the river.
If you’re in the area, definitely stop by, because eventually the water will erode the land and it will be gone. Spend a while here enjoying the sights, taking those iconic photos and soaking it all in before heading back.
From here we drove a few more hours to Mesquite, Nevada where we would spend the night at Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort. The resort just opened in 2016 and is a really nice quiet place to call home for the night.
When in Nevada you do what ure supposed to do in Nevada, so we gambled, drank, played bingo and treated ourselves to a multi-course dinner because we were on vacation after all.
Day three we completed the loop through Valley of Fire State Park and Las Vegas back to San Diego. Read about it in the next post!