Lake Powell, Slot Canyons, Amangiri

Amangiri is expensive. I mean really expensive. But this hotel is a destination in and of itself. It is arguably the nicest hotel we’ve ever stayed in and defines a hotel being the actual destination. The architecture is designed to flow with its surroundings from the impressive stone walls with water slowly dripping down them to the pool which was built around the desert rocks. They also have suites with in-room heated pools and star viewing beds above. Rooms open...

Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon

The next morning you can leave early (stopping at a few of the overlooks to watch the sunrise) and trying to spot wild cats if you can. The drive to Springdale is filled with canyons and rivers. However, we highly recommend stopping at the Rocking V in Kanab, UT for lunch. As the reviews on other sites had claimed, the owner Victor is very friendly and grew up in Texas so the menu has Texas influences (enchiladas, jalapenos, etc.) and...

Grand Canyon

A quick note before we head to the Grand Canyon. We’ve heard the Northern Rim is less crowded and some say prettier. However, it is closed during the Winter and much of Spring. Since this was a Spring Break trip for us, we chose the Southern Rim. The drive from Sedona to the Grand Canyon is two-and-a-half hours backtracking through the forest and windy roads again. And you can make a quick stop in Flagstaff at the Flagstaff Visitors Center...

Sedona

We then drove to Sedona (2.5 hours). You could skip this side trip if you needed to shorten the vacation or wanted to visit Sedona as part of another trip to southern Arizona. You would simply drive on to the Grand Canyon. But I will say the drive is beautiful coming from that direction. The road winds through, up, and over a forest and warns of suicidal deer and elk who risk jumping into the road at every turn. You...

Route 66, Painted Desert

In Amarillo, there is nothing really unique as far as hotels so we just stayed somewhere inexpensive. Dinner was at the Big Texan Steakhouse which is a big tourist restaurant, but then again, we’re tourists. In the morning, you can stop at the Cadillac Ranch before it gets too crowded. They actually encourage people to spray paint the cars which we hid from the kids until we got there. There’s nothing as fun for children as society-endorsed vandalism. We then...

Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Route 66 Itinerary

I’ll admit I was not that excited about the idea of the Grand Canyon when we first started planning this. I had visions of tourists driving around in buses and getting on and off to take pictures. And that definitely does happen there. The village is a like a small city of bustling visitors. But there is a lot more to do at the Grand Canyon if you expand your travel. Bryce Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas...