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If asked to choose one place in the world you wished to travel to, where would you want to go?
Assuming most if not everyone would choose someplace warm and exotic. Perhaps the Maldives or somewhere historical such as Egypt. Who knows maybe even the newly iconic Iceland, any answer far and beyond your usual surroundings would seem appropriate. When asked this exact question my response however was a bit unusual considering the laundry list of distant places I'd love to see. This past year in particular my most memorable travel experiences happened right here in the US. The best experience in particular was in Utah, the one place in the world I chose to travel to and you'll soon see why.
Tbh I stopped blogging a couple years ago simply because I found it took away from my actual travel experience. Having traveled to Utah last August I had zero intention on actually writing or sharing my reviews because some things are better left unread. Currently, we are all in quarantine due to the tragic Covid catastrophe. I've been going through old photos in remanence of better times and came across all my footage from Utah. I realized how exceptional my trip was so blogging oppose to binge watching some Netflix nonsense was the only option... obviously!
Situated on 600 acres in Canyon Point, Southern Utah, Amangiri is located in Navajo Country. One of many luxurious properties of the Aman resort collection, it's easily named the best hotel in North America. At this point I'm almost sure you've seen posts on Instagram so I won't bore you with facts. In a nut shell Amangiri is an amazingly secluded resort in the desert built around the most stunning rock. My purpose of this post is to inspire you to go by basically by planning your trip for you. Literally, I'll forward my itinerary if need be lol. If and when you decide to do Utah (once we're all able to leave the house) what I'm about to share will save you countless hours of research and review reading if you're anything like myself. Thank me later!
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WHAT TO DO
ANTELOPE CANYON (Upper vs Lower)
I spent almost an entire day researching both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. In conclusion the upper canyon is wider at the bottom and narrow at the top which is what produces such beautiful light beams inside. Lower Antelope is much smaller at the bottom, and is shaped like the letter V. Both are phenomenal but the Lower canyon attracted me more. Even the tour guides suggested lower over upper. If you have time for both cool but one hour was enough for me I doubt I'd be down for 2. There is also a tour by boat that I booked but ended up skipping.
It can be crowded in the canyon so do the Deluxe Tour, you'll be in a group of 4 and that gives you more time for good photos. If you decide Upper go at 10am and for Lower go at 1pm, the sunlight will be at its best behavior.
Kens Tour Lower Antelope Canyon
Officially my absolute favorite body of water, I literally dream of my next dive into Lake Powell. Definitely rent jet ski's and make an entire day of it if your schedule permits. Kayaking is pretty cool too if you wish to explore the narrow canyons. But you'll definitely need a jet ski if you want to really to see the entire lake. Whichever you decide be sure to reserve immediately after booking. Lake Powell is a major hot spot during summer months and everything gets sold out fast. Lake Powell was by far the best part of the trip, I cannot wait to go back! Booking from Antelope Point Marina is the best, its 40 mins from Amangiri but 10 mins from both Antelope Canyon and PGA airport.
Jet Ski Rental
Time of day is key for lighting purposes. When it comes to Horseshoe Bend go at sunset and get there by 5pm, there is a cute hike nobody tells you about. Already with the perfect photo in mind let me tell you, that epic center spot is crowed. Aside from crowded it's also super scary to climb to. I love heights but I was shook to actually sit on the edge especially once it got dark and windy. Hence, why my epic photo was an epic FAIL. I'm a sucker for a sunset, the sunset at Horseshoe Bend actually made me emotional. Not to get spiritual but something about being there made me feel closer to god, I've never felt more alive. Tour guides are offered but absolutely not needed. Horseshoe bend is about 20 mins from Amangiri driving.
Amangiri offers some pretty amazing activities. I suggest doing the hike and maybe one other. Everything else I'd book outside of the resort prior to arriving. Don't overbook activities, doing absolutely nothing is the best activity of them all so leave plenty room.
-Hot Air Balloon
Given the current climate of health, now clearly isn't the time to travel the world. I can barely fathom planning a trip to the grocery store let alone out of state. However, I do know trips are aways something amazing to look forward to. We all could use a little hope right now. Take this time evaluate and elaborate on your wants and needs. Even once all is said and done and things return back to normal (whatever that new normal may be). I personally will not be traveling outside of the country for some time. Amangiri will most likely be my first escape back into the real world.