OK to be honest I wasn’t fussed about going to Bryce or Zion Canyon in Utah other than it was two ticks in my 1000 places to visit before you die book. This was the part of the itinerary that G had organised as he wanted to visit both canyons.
We picked up a rental car from The Palazzo in Las Vegas and drove to the state of Utah via the Golden Arches for a quick salad and some fries.
We ended up staying in the tiny town called Panguitch on the first night which sits just outside the Bryce Canyon National Park. After staying in big cities this was a huge change for us – we decided on a motel close to the main drag. We had arrived in the dark so the following morning when we visited the local cafe for breakfast it looked like we had arrived in the Wild West, even the sheriff pulled up in his pick up to grab a coffee while we waited for our pancakes. It was like stepping into a very cool movie set. To be honest most people only stay the night on the way to the Canyon however the locals were very friendly, including our motel owner who had come back from hunting to show me how to use the shower! He must have thought dumb foreigner – trust me I was thinking the same thing!
After the pancakes, which were the best I ate in America (and I did eat a few!) we drove into the Canyon.
As it was out of season you didn’t need to take the bus between the vantage points which was great as we were strapped for time.
At the first vantage point which I must admit took my breathe away as it was stunning, G informed me that he had been to Bryce Canyon on his Trek America tour years ago and had forgotten hmm, no surprise there as he forgets my birthday regularly even though its only two days after his own.
Bryce Canyon is very unique and consists of spires called hoodoos caused by the erosion in the limestone. While in most Canyons you need to look up to appreciate the beauty, at Bryce you have the best vantage point looking down over the Canyon – it’s truly amazing and if you are visiting Las Vegas I would recommend taking a trip out to visit.
Our next stop was the whistle stop tour of Zion Canyon, G informed me he hasn’t been to this Canyon and it was really this one that he wanted to visit.
The drive into Zion Canyon is breath taking – something you really can’t appreciate if you are driving as there are so many hair pin turns, the sat nav looked like it had been attacked by a worm!
Zion Canyon seems to be more popular than Bryce hence there is a bus you need to take between the vantage points all year round not just in the high season like Bryce Canyon.
G decided we needed to take a little walk into the Canyon so in my new Minnetonka Moccasins we walked the shortest trial there was which everyone else seemed to be doing also.
There were cute little Bambi’s (deer’s) and a man eating squirrel that looked highly unpredictable – I am seriously thinking of adding squirrels to my list of animals that scare me – birds especially pigeons, rats, mice and sheep! Look at the eyes!!!
Back safely onto the bus – the squirrel was playing / attacking some Americans who were trying to feed it, we stopped a few times at a few of the other vantage points to look up, which after a while hurts your neck.
For me Bryce Canyon was the best while G thought Zion Canyon was the best. We never agree on anything!
We had to have the rental car back by 1pm the following day and we had a five hour drive ahead of us so we decided to try to do a majority that evening and only have a short hop back to Las Vegas in the morning as G wanted to shot a few rounds off at one of the gun ranges – boys!!!
On the way, I managed to convince G to take me into Walmart – got myself an awesome Halloween pumpkin donut, so totally worth a visit.
We found another dodgy motel room with a dodgy shower that confused me for the second morning running however I didn’t have to ring reception thank goodness especially after getting a speech about God when checking in.
So it was a short hour drive back to Las Vegas, our sat nav had the special feature of telling us when there was a traffic jam so we took the exit and followed the sat nav at which point G said we needed fuel so we pulled over at the next petrol station.
You have to prepay in America, fill up and then go back in and get a refund for the difference. However I think the sat nav had taken us to a rough part of Vegas as they wouldn’t accept credit card and the men were giving me a once over and the women gave me the hiss and the roll of the eyes (I am not lying). Went back to the car as G had all the cash and said I don’t think we are in the best part of town! Yip he agreed! We paid and drove very fast to the gun range!