Monday, January 14, 2013

Travel Diary: Road Trip - Los Angeles, Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Las Vegas

Hi everyone. Several days ago I posted some pictures of my holiday, but I don't think they were enough to share with you how amazing the places my friends and I visited in the course of one week. I really had a blast regardless of the long hours on the road. So here I compiled some great shots of a couple of my friends and mind to share with you. 

Urban Lights, Los Angeles, CA

These beautiful structures of urban lights are located in front of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I have seen many pictures of my friends taken here and this is my second time here. The lights are open for public, and it is most beautiful at night because you can see the lights shine with the beautiful white pillars all around.

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

This is the "it" shopping place for designer label and haut couture fashion. The area is basically about three-block long stretch of boutique and shops. Again, with the lights and everything, it is really beautiful at night.

Hollywood sign - 3000 Canyon Lake Drive, Hollywood
My effort of having Donald's picture taken with the Hollywood sign. 

Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ


The canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone. I was told the only way to visit the place was through tour services. The destination is divided into two, upper and lower canyon. Here, we visited only the lower canyon and it was really a beautiful creation of nature. We went to the canyon by an open pick-up truck that is converted to passengers vehicles. It was about 20-minute drive from Page to the canyon itself, and the tour lasted for about 50 minutes. It is said to be the most visited and most photographed slot canyon in the American southwest.

Horseshoe Bend, AZ
 Here, we were on our way down to see the horseshoe-shaped meander of Colorado River, still located near the city Page, Arizona. It was about 15 minute drive from our tour place. 

Despite of the bright sun light, the wind was really cold. The temperature was as low as 34°F. Due to our limited lens capability, we were unable to get any worthy-post pic =(. 

Bryce Canyon, UT

From Horseshoe Bend, we were back on the road for 3 hours to go to Bryce in Utah. The temperature was below freezing. It was around -4°F when we arrived at night. We spent the night and went to the Bryce Canyon National Park the very next morning.

This is my second time here, and I was still amazed at the grand view. 

 It was a lot of fresh powdery snow!!! Yay! 

The real winter wonderland (ˆヮˆ)

Las Vegas, NV

Almost 5 hours after our hike at Bryce Canyon, we arrived in Las Vegas. We started our vegas experience with dinner at Tacos El Gordo, our favorite taco place in San Diego is now open in Las Vegas. 
We stayed in Las Vegas for 3 days and spent a low-key new year's eve there.

The Venetian Hotel

Bellagio Hotel

Thank you for reading! Have a great week everyone!

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