Southwest USA Roadtrip Honeymoon Part II

Happy Friday everybody! I’m kicking off this weekend sharing some of my favorite images from the second half of our honeymoon. If you didn’t get a chance to check out the blog post from the first half, my husband (ahhHHHHH) and I decided to fly down to the Southwestern USA for our honeymoon, rent a car, and explore! We had a general itinerary that we stuck to for the first half of our trip, but we ended up improvising a bit at the end.

This post starts off on our first morning in Page, AZ. We were supposed to be in Zion National Park, but I had miscalculated things and we learned we were WAY further away from there than we thought when we got on the road the night before (my bad), so we drove to Page instead!  There are a few incredible sights within 10 minutes of this little city that I’d been dying to see, so it was the perfect place to spend a night! After a beautiful sunrise there, we made our way to the Horseshoe Bend to check it out! I’d seen a thousand photos of this place from other wedding photographers on Instagram (super jealous of all of them and would LOVE to photograph a session or elopement there hint hint), but seeing it in person was beyond incredible. NATURE IS GREAT. Afterward, we headed over to take a tour of Antelope Canyon and I just about died of excitement when we got inside (well outside still, but yeah).  I really can’t describe this place without using every positive adjective in my vocabulary so I’ll just let the photos do the talking.

Then, we drove out to Zion National Park and we got to drive through it to get to our hotel in Springdale, which is basically tucked right into park and I would kind of like to move there.  Zion was incredible, totally different from everything we’d seen so far! I probably made Michael pull over about 30 times between the entrance to the park and getting to our hotel. The next morning we made our way back into the park and did a few different hikes, which were each really spectacular. You could spend weeks just exploring here, and I’ll definitely go back someday!

Our next stop was totally unplanned, but we realized we were pretty close to Vegas and both felt like we could use a break from hiking every day, so we thought why not!? We drove in, dropped off our rental car, and VEGAS BABY.  I don’t have a lot of pictures from there because it’s kind of weird to bring a DSLR to lay by a pool all day or to the black jack tables (and what happens in Vegas stays there right!?) but we had an incredible time!

We booked a flight from there to Boulder, CO for our last stop and really loved everything about it, from the incredible mountain scenery to the Pearl St. Mall area which was packed with neat shops and amazing restaurants – we had some of the best food of the trip here!  Hard to say which stop was my favorite because they were all so different and wonderful in their own way! Hope you enjoy the photos! 

Page Arizona Travel Sunset Landscape Photography
Horseshoe Bend Page Arizona Travel Landscape Photography
Antelope Canyon Page Arizona Travel Photography
Antelope Canyon Page Arizona Travel Photography
Antelope Canyon Page Arizona Travel Photography
Zion National Park Utah Landscape Travel Photography
Zion National Park Utah Landscape Travel Photography
Zion National Park Utah Landscape Travel Photography
Zion National Park Utah Landscape Travel Photography
Zion National Park Utah Landscape Travel Photography
Zion National Park Utah Landscape Travel Photography
Zion National Park Utah Landscape Travel Photography
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Zion National Park Utah Landscape Travel Photography
Las Vegas Travel Photography
Las Vegas Travel Photography
Boulder Colorado Travel Landscape Photography
Las Vegas Travel Photography
Boulder Colorado Landscape Travel Photography

Southwest USA Roadtrip Honeymoon - Part 1

It’s been on my to-do list forever to add a section for personal/other blog posts to my website, and these photos finally gave me the motivation to do it! Michael (my HUSBAND as of April 8th) and I wanted to do something a little different for our honeymoon, so we started pondering the idea of doing some type of roadtrip throughout the southwestern United States. Neither of us had ever been anywhere in the area (aside from San Diego which we LOVE) and I had been stalking photos from a bunch of places down there and dying to see them!

I was a little hesitant to commit to this plan, because I had always envisioned my honeymoon consisting of us on the laying on the beach somewhere with tropical drinks in hand but I knew Mikey wouldn’t enjoy laying on the beach day after day, and my desire to see the amazing sites of the Southwest won out over the relaxing beach vaca I’d imagined (that will definitely be happening some other time however).

Once we were set on the southwest, I started looking into potential routes and places to see and realized there was no way we could see everything in the two weeks that we had, but we came up with a solid plan that we were both really excited about! Spoiler: we did not stick to this plan exactly, but we came pretty close! I’m splitting up these photos into two blog posts as there are just so many, so I’ll save the details about our little detour to Vegas for the next one.

These photos are from the first half of our trip, where our first stop was Santa Fe, NM. This was an amazing little city with so much character and a bustling art scene – we popped into a ton of neat galleries and we really loved the architecture there. Completely different from anything we see in the northeast! I also apparently was especially fond of the doors as you’ll see below, because I took a ton of photos of different doors! 

Santa Fe New Mexico Landscape Travel Photography
Santa Fe New Mexico Landscape Travel Photography
Santa Fe New Mexico Landscape Travel Photography
Doors of Santa Fe, New Mexico

When we felt like Santa Fe had been properly explored, we headed west towards our next destination; Sedona, AZ. We got sidetracked plenty of times along the way, but we found that on a trip like ours half of the fun is taking everything in as you get from A to B. We found ourselves driving for hours without getting remotely bored because we were blown away by the ever-changing views. The rock formations that surrounded the road were totally different from anything I’d seen before, and a few times we just pulled off onto side roads to drive towards something that really caught our eye - like these rocks below!

Arizona Travel Landscape Photography

The only planned stop we had on this leg of the trip was to see the painted desert and petrified national forest, which was absolutely amazing. The desert really did look like a painting!

Arizona Travel Landscape Photography
Arizona Travel Landscape Photography
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When we got close to Sedona I started completely freaking out over the views. I could not get over that people actually LIVE there and get to experience the breathtaking views that you see IN EVERY DIRECTION from the town. The red rocks made me feel like I was literally in another world. To summarize, I LOVE SEDONA. I think I would’ve had a hard time leaving if our next stop wasn’t the Grand Canyon, which lived up to my expectations in every way. We managed to get there a bit before sunset and the light was just incredible. I'll let the rest of these images just speak for themselves, but I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into our travels! Stay tuned for the second blog post from our trip to see images from Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Las Vegas, and Boulder! 

Sedona Arizona Landscape Travel Photography
Sedona Arizona Landscape Travel Photography
Sedona Arizona Landscape Travel Photography
Sedona Arizona Landscape Travel Photography
Sedona Arizona Landscape Travel Photography
Sedona Arizona Landscape Travel Photography
Sedona Arizona Landscape Travel Photography
Sedona Arizona Landscape Travel Photography
Sedona Arizona Landscape Travel Photography
Arizona Landscape Travel Photography
Grand Canyon Sunset Landscape Travel Photography
Grand Canyon Sunset Landscape Travel Photography
Grand Canyon Sunset Landscape Travel Photography
Grand Canyon Sunset Landscape Travel Photography
Grand Canyon Sunset Landscape Travel Photography