Best Surprise Birthday Road Trip

Back in June, my boyfriend told me that he was going to take me on a road trip but I wasn’t able to know where to. Of course, I was so excited and ready to get out of the 115 degree Phoenix weather and to be able to spend the time with him for my birthday.

As we packed and got ready to leave, we started to head north up the I-17 to Flagstaff, then west on the I-40 over to Williams. At this point, I had an idea of where we might be going but I still wanted to leave it a surprise so I didn’t bother to ask. As we approached the first stop of this 4 stop road trip, I saw the sign…. “Welcome to Bearizona”.

Bearizona, Arizona

Bearizona is drive-thru zoo that allows you to have an “interactive experience” with the animals in their habitats. Some enclosures, such as the bears and wolves, require the windows to be up, but most other enclosures, you can have your windows down. Taking pictures through a window, for me anyway, is not the best for quality, but still allows for some cute action shots.

Click here to check out my full blog about Bearizona

Side Note: One thing to know about me is the fact that I absolutely love animals — this is the exact reason that my boyfriend wanted to incorporate this into the trip.

Bear enjoying a swim

After Bearizona, we got back on the road and headed toward Page. While on our drive, we took a wrong turn and ended up at Lee’s Ferry; which is a cool historical location located on the Colorado River that’s about 9 miles south of the Utah-Arizona Boarder. We did end up losing our A/C in the truck — even though it was hot, it didn’t stop us from having a good trip since we knew we were heading into cooler weather.

Getting back on the road, we were now going the right way. Still not knowing what place we were heading too, I enjoyed seeing the different scenery and enjoying the wind in my hair while singing along to songs.

The next stop brought us to Horseshoe Bend. The natural formed U-Shape canyon that brings spectacular views.

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

After enjoying the sunset over the canyon, we decided we needed to find somewhere to stay. My boyfriend is always a rockstar at finding campsites, so it was all up to him to find a cool spot. Located at Lake Powell, Lone Rock Campground was our resting spot for the night and it sure was a pretty sweet campground.

Rock behind the name…? Here’s a Lone rock.

In the morning, we got up around 6 or 7am to start for an early day. By now, I was pretty curious of where else we could be going, but he would not tell me and wanted to leave it a surprise.

Zion National Park, Utah

A couple hours later, we were here….we were at Zion National Park! Never been to Zion, I was beyond excited that we were here. My boyfriend absolutely loves Zion and I don’t blame him — after seeing this National Park, it is a “must-see” place.

We hiked a few hikes and really go to see how beautiful Zion is. Here just a few of the pictures!

Riverwalk Trail
Half a mile from the top of Angels Landing

We spent two days in Zion.. one day is just not enough. At this point in the trip, I didn’t expect anymore stops because we have already traveled so much, but to my amazement, my boyfriend told me there was one more place that he wanted to take me.

Click here to read the full blog about this spectacular National Park.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon is a magnificent place to check out. If it’s not on your bucket list, grab a pen and add it. Arriving to the parking lot, I didn’t see much besides the offices and a some parked cars… I was wondering, “Where’s this canyon that people are raving about?”. Well, in order to get to the canyon, you will actually have a guide that leads you down. It’s a short hike, but once you get there — WOW.

The famous spot, Lady in the Wind
Looking towards the top of the canyon

After all these adventures, we were ready to head home. It was a birthday for the books, for sure.

**I will be creating individual blogs for some of these place, so be sure to check them out. Links will be attached to this blog once they are published.**

As always, thank you for checking my blog out and keep on adventuring!

Special thank you to my amazing boyfriend who never fails to make me feel special.

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must be woken”

-Frank Herbert

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