The American Southwest

If you would like to see the complete itinerary, pls. scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Work is Stressful with a capital S. A much needed reprieve was the only solution.

Since I live in Southern California, the easiest thing for me to plan is a trip in the beautiful US Southwest. Drivable, beautiful and most importantly – it takes me away from crazy California.

My husband is only too happy for me to plan this trip. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Albeit only a 5 day trip, it gave me the energy to go back to real life, until the next time I’m burned out again.

Arizona was beautiful. I personally would want to move to  this state. I think California is overrated and expensive.

My favorite part of this trip is Monument Valley. Straddling the Utah-Arizona border, it is a sacred piece of land owned by the Navajo tribe. To some, it might be any other kind of rock formation seen all over the American Southwest. However, once you step into this place, you will notice a stark difference – you can feel that this place is sacred, well taken cared of by the native tribe. The rock formations were beautiful, the native people even more so. The place is ran by the natives which gives them a source of income. They only ask one thing from the tourists – respect their land. This place is beautiful. I will be back to hike one of their trails.

Monument Valley


Grand Canyon was beautiful but I enjoyed Bryce Canyon National Park better. The Grand Canyon is a masterful work of God and nature – but it was so… grand. Maybe because it was so vast, I couldn’t seem to see enough. Bryce Canyon felt more personal and I felt much more up close with nature. Their rock formations looked like crystal ice castles, depending on what time of the day you are there and how the sun is hitting the rocks. Either way, both places are must see destinations.

Bryce Canyon National Park


Our final stop was Las Vegas, Nevada. Bright, fun, loud and outrageous. Don’t laugh, this is the first time I’ve been to this place. We watched Cirque De Soleil – Mystere which was a fun circus like show. Walked around and just decided to breathe in the sights and sounds. Outside of the strip, there were a lot of homeless people and it was quite dirty. This is not a knock on the city, just an observation. Los Angeles is not as glitzy as well, even though movies try to tell you otherwise.

If you have the time and finances, pls. take a drive around the American Southwest. You won’t regret seeing this beauty.

Day 1 South rim of the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, 2 hours away from each other. We wanted to see the Antelope Valley as well, but we didn’t know that you have to go through a tour group for that. Every National Park has a $30 entrance. 

Day 2Monument Valley – magnificent. $20 entrance.

Day 3Bryce Canyon National Park – beautiful. Another $30. Wanted to go to Zion but we didn’t have enough time. Will be back again.

Day 4Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Day 5 Drive back home to sunny Southern California.