Travel Thursdays: A Week Out West Part 2

In case you missed my post last week on Thursday, I shared pictures from the first part of our week on our week long road trip out West. You can read it here. We drove from LA to Glendale, Arizona to Taos, New Mexico, then to a wedding in Albuquerque. Today I’m going over the second half of our trip:

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Day 4 – We had plans to meet up with some friends for brunch at the Grove, which has a huge menu. It was a great place for brunch and I would recommend this place if you’re in town.

Afterwards we went to BJ’s and hung out with our friends to watch the World Cup (remember this trip was from July last year.) I don’t keep up with soccer on a regular basis but I do enjoy going to a bar and hanging out with friends. It’s fun to have everyone cheering and clapping.

After the game we went back to our hotel and got ready for the wedding of our friends who are currently living in the UK, so it was great to see them. It was an intimate wedding of 100 people and even though it was drizzling for a few seconds it quickly passed and it was a night full of love and laughter.

Drove from Albuquerque to Zion National Park 

Day 5 – Our friends flew in from Chicago to meet us in Albuquerque. We drove with them for 8 hours to Zion National Park in Utah.

So from Albuquerque to Zion National Park, is about an 8 hour drive. We left Albuquerque early in the morning and made to to Zion early evening. 

On the way to Zion we stopped at Horse Shoe Bend in Arizona and it was breathtaking! So gorgeous. I did more of a recap here.

071411 Horsehoe Bend-9

When we arrived at Zion, we got so lucky and got a camping spot in the Watchman campground. It was pretty hot so the people who had originally reserved the spot left early. People book campsites in the summer as early as January, so we really did get lucky to nab a spot.

There is a market right outside the South entrance where we rented our gear. We got shoes with grip, wet socks, and a walking stick. It was $21 all together.

We set up our tents and then headed out to dinner. We ate at the Flying Monkey. It was not my favorite but it did the trick for the night.

Day 6 – We spent the day hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park and I blogged about that trip here.


That night after our awesome hike we ate dinner right outside the park. To be honest I don’t remember the name of the restaurant we went to (it’s been over a year!) But it was good, but nothing super memorable. After dinner we drove home to LA which is a 7 hour drive. We thought about staying the night in Vegas but decided to push through to make it home.

It was such a great trip and we got to see so many cool things, our friends, and I’ll never say no to a road trip 🙂

Hope you’re all having a great Thursday!

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16 thoughts on “Travel Thursdays: A Week Out West Part 2

  1. I love all of these pictures! I want to go to Horse Shoe Bend soon, it looks so gorgeous! I still can’t wait to hear about your trip to Alaska, I’ve always wanted to go there too!
    One of my favorite things to do is watch UFC fights with friends at Buffalo Wild Wings(which is the only place in my town that shows the fights) because everyone is cheering and having a great time together!

    1. Thanks Sophia! Yes definitely go to Horse Shoe but maybe not in the summer, it’s so hot!

      Can’t wait to share my Alaska trip, can’t believe I’m going TODAY! 🙂

      I spent many a nights at BDubs in my college days! Hah

  2. GORGEOUS! Taking a cross country road trip is on my to-do list and I can’t wait to see some beautiful places. I can’t believe those pictures… seeing it in real life must be out of this world!

    1. It’s pretty awesome to think how many gorgeous places there are in the US that would be perfect road trip stops! Yes you’re totally right, seeing these places in person is really really cool and surreal!

  3. I need to go on more road trips. 🙂 Michael and I have only road tripped to Montana, with a night in Coeur d’Alene on our way there. I really want to go explore the southwest, too!

    1. Thanks Alexandra! My boyfriend is a great photographer and I’m so lucky he captures so many images for us to look back on.

      You should definitely explore more of Utah so much to see!

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