By the time this blog goes live, I will be halfway through my adventure in Utah. It has always been on my list of places to explore, but I have never had the chance or the travel buddy until now. Before this, I have only been to the western side of the United States for quick work trips or a weekend wedding but have never had the chance to explore for more than a day or two.
On our first stop, we are visiting Sundance Mountain Resort. Arriving June 20, we will fly in on the day of the Summer Solstice Event. The resort has a day of activities we are able to join, from yoga, music, a BBQ dinner to an interesting and unique class to make an authentic Native American drum. The class takes attendees through the history and meaning behind drumming. A guide will help visitors create their own instrument with buffalo or elk hide and a wooden hoop made from a maple tree. Although I did not sign up for this experience, I will pop my head in to take a glance at the action.
After a couple days at the resort, we head to an area around Zion National Park in Hurricane, Utah, to go glamping. I am ecstatic to do this as I have not been camping in about eight years. We found our spot on Airbnb, with the most stunning view, called Ponderosa Pine Luxury Camp Sites. I cannot wait to wake up for the sunrise as it hits the large rock formation in front of our tent. It is going to be breathtaking. We will spend two nights here to give us a chance to explore as much of the area as we can.
Next on the itinerary, we are going east to the Grand Canyon. This campsite is right outside of the North Rim entrance of the canyon in Williams, Arizona. Yet another glamping Airbnb, this listing sounded phenomenal and like a one-of-a-kind experience with locals. Our stay is fully hosted by the owners of the property, called Camp Prado, Rich and Jeff. Upon reading the more than 1,400 reviews with an average of 4.91 stars, how could we not book? The hosts help you set up camp, cook a family-style meal of chili and cornbread (yum) for all who are staying the night and have breakfast in the morning. What a steal! The reviews make note Rich and Jeff have a telescope they like to bring out to show guests the stars, and by the end of the stay, everyone felt like family. I can’t wait for this experience.
Once our outdoor adventure is over, we are making a short drive to Las Vegas to stay at the Mirage. My boyfriend, Jason, doesn’t know this yet, but our friend from Germany, Ugi, will surprise him by meeting us there to celebrate his 30th birthday. Ugi purchased tickets for us to see DJ Steve Aoki, famous for throwing full sheet cakes at people in the crowd, at the day club Wet Republic.
I know this will be one of my best trips so far, and I cannot wait to come back with some first-hand experiences to share on Global Traveler!
— Audrey Lee, assistant editor
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