Grand Canyon Travel Diary

Grand Canyon Road Trip | Travel Diary


Recently, I posted about a trip that my boyfriend and I took to Las Vegas for our anniversary. In it, I talked about the top 5 things we did while we were there, but my favorite memory from that trip actually didn’t make the list… because it wasn’t in Vegas!

On our last day we were pretty tired (okay… we may have also been a little bit hungover. Those 50 oz daiquiris really sneak up on you!) Our flight home left late that night, and over lunch we were trying to decide what to do that day. We were pretty sick of gambling and wanted to do something different. I was mostly joking when I said:

“It’s too bad we can’t just rent a car and drive to the Grand Canyon or something.”

My boyfriend looked at me and said, “Why can’t we?” And the next thing I knew, we were on our way to the airport to pick up a freaking convertible.

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It was a beautiful day – sunny and over 90 degrees – and words can’t describe how amazing it felt to be driving through the desert with the top down, taking in the scenery that is so vastly different from what we see in Chicago.

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First Stop: Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam, which was about a 30 minute drive from Vegas, was on the way to the Grand Canyon and was the first stop on our mini road trip! Because our road trip got off to a late start, we didn’t have much time to spend at the Dam if we wanted to make it to the Grand Canyon before sunset. Even though we didn’t get to stay long, it was very cool to see and well worth the (brief) stop.

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Once we entered into Arizona, it felt like we were driving through a wasteland – it seemed like there was nothing in sight for miles. Occasionally we passed a tiny cafe or church, but for the most part it seemed like there was nothing there. It was strangely peaceful and simultaneously unsettling, and I was very thankful we had a full tank of gas!

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The Grand Canyon

When we arrived to the Grand Canyon, it was getting close to sunset. We chose to go to the Skywalk on the West Rim, because it was easily accessible from Vegas… and because walking on a glass bridge over the canyon sounded freaking awesome. And it was.

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Cameras and cellphones were not allowed on the Skywalk, so I wasn’t able to take any pictures. At the time I was pretty bummed. But looking back, not having my phone forced me to really take it all in rather than focusing on getting the perfect shot! (Plus, I was still able to get plenty of awesome pictures from off the bridge)


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We had a flight to catch that night, so we didn’t get to spend as much time at the Grand Canyon as I would have liked, but that’s okay – I know I’ll be back (Horseshoe Bend is on my bucket list!) As it started to get dark we headed back to Vegas, stopping only for my first ever In’N’Out Burger!

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This mini road trip was by far one of the coolest things I have ever done. Driving through the desert in a convertible, seeing the Hoover Dam, and watching the sunset over the Grand Canyon were incredible experiences, and the spontaneity of it all made it that much better!

Have you ever taken any spontaneous road trips? Where did you go?


  1. So this is what you see from the West Rim! We went to the Grand Canyon (South Rim) on a whim two weeks ago, and there was snow! It was one of our best trips yet! The view was just breathtaking. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!


  2. The Grand Canyon is absolutely breathtaking! I went during the winter season and it was super cold but the view was amazing nonetheless! Also, I thought the Hoover Dam looked so surreal! Even in real life it didn’t seemed like something from a picture! Glad you had an awesome time 🙂 Check out my grand canyon and west coast adventures at!


    1. Totally agree about the Hoover Dam – we kind of stopped there as an after thought, but it was way cooler than I expected! I will definitely go check out your grand canyon adventures, thanks for stopping by! 🙂


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