Hey everyone! As we get excited to finally experience summer vacations again, I wanted to share our last road trip with you! We did a SW road trip in 2018 and hit some amazing sights. I can’t wait to do more exploring. I definitely wanted our kids to experience this area and see the Grand Canyon as a family. Everyone needs to see the Grand Canyon and the SW has so much to offer! Here’s a peek at how we explored the Southwest. This was a 5 day trip and our kids were 2, 6, 9, 11 and 13.
We started in Phoenix and stayed there for a couple of days to get our bearings and had some fun visiting Arizona State University and University of Arizona in Tucson. We love visiting college campuses whenever we can. My husband loves college sports and I love the collegiate atmosphere! It’s always fun, not matter the school!
DAY 1: After leaving Phoenix, our first stop was Slide Rock State Park in Sedona. This place was amazing! I would totally recommend it. It is easy to get to and amazing fun for the whole family. Watch out though, the water is cold! But I’ve never seen anything like it! So fun. We spent the night in beautiful Sedona.
DAY 2: We headed out to a wilderness park called Bearizona. It is on the way to the Grand Canyon and the kids absolutely loved this place. It is a drive through wildlife park with Black Bears, Wolves, Bison, Big Horn Sheep, Deer and more! They talked about this place for months after the trip! We continued onto Route 66 and stayed overnight in Williams, AZ. This was the cutest down… Radiator Springs was modeled after this town and it really is like a real life radiator springs. It was cute.
DAY 3: Off to one of the main attractions, the GRAND CANYON. The South Rim entrance is only 60 minutes from Williams. Our kids were small, so one full day at the Grand Canyon was enough for us. The views are amazing and is a must see! We took advantage of their shuttle system and had lunch at the historic El Tovar hotel. All of it was amazing and so educational. It did not dissapoint one bit! We spent the night in Page, AZ.
DAY 4: This day we wanted to go the Antelope Canyon. For sure on my bucket list. It’s one of the most amazing places I have ever been! God’s amazing natural beauty. I had seen amazing pictures of these slot canyons and I definitely wanted to see this! NOTE: You need to make a reservation in advance. Upper Antelope Canyon can only be seen with a guided tour. Thank goodness I realized this a couple of days before and was able to book a reservation. This should not be missed!! Plan ahead!! We spent the night in Page, AZ again.
DAY 5: We drove by Horseshoe Bend. I had debated about going and decided not to… with so many small children, I was really concerned about safety. It would have been completely nerve wracking for me to keep an eye on everyone. But the pictures look amazing, just wasn’t for us this time. :). We drove 4 hours to Las Vegas, where we spent just one night.
We continued on to Los Angeles and did Disneyland, but this beginning part of our trip was really amazing! We covered a lot in just 5 days and everywhere we went, I would totally recommend!
Exploring the world with our kids is one of the things we love to do most! Hope this helps you plan out your next adventure with your family!