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The Grand Canyon

Our final stop on this 4 day road trip was the Grand Canyon. The drive took a bit longer than we expected and eventually we only had about half a day for our visit of the Southern Rim. We quickly noticed that it would be a bit tight to visit all different view points with the shuttle service in operation. We tried nevertheless, giving us a similar feeling what I assume people have on Europe in 3 days vacations. Still, it was totally worth it. My camera was almost out of battery so I tried to take as few shots

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Lower Antelope Canyon

On the next day, we went on the first tour of the day down into the Lower Antelope Canyon. The accessible part of the Lower Canyon is much longer than the Upper one, it takes about 90 minutes for the whole tour (one way, no backtracking). The wave patterns and sun light illuminations are at least as beautiful as in the Upper Canyon, and tickets for the Lower Canyon are a bit cheaper (about 20$). After seeing both parts, I would recommend visiting both parts if you have the time. It is hard to say which one is more beautiful,

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Upper Antelope Canyon

The Antelope Canyon just outside of Page, AZ, was the item on the itinerary we were most excited about. The sandstone canyon was washed out by flash floods, shaping the walls into beautiful wave patterns. Even better, the sun light illuminates the canyon in all colors from bright orange to purple on its way down to the sandy floor. The canyon is on Navajo land and can be accessed at two sites: the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. We arrived in the morning in Page and got the last two seats for the tour of the Upper Canyon for about

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Zion NP – Along the Zion Mount Carmel Highway

After the scenic drive, we went up the Zion Mount Carmel Highway first up to the tunnel and then entering the most beautiful part of Zion if you go by car and are short on time. The rock structures along the road are incredible both in shapes and colors. We first went up to the Canyon Overlook, which as the name suggests, gets you in about 30 minutes to a great spot with an overview of Zion. It was probably the best view we had in the park, especially because you are free to go around the rim without a fence

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Zion NP – Short hikes along the north-south scenic drive

We arrived around 10am at the South gate of the Zion NP and drove all the way along the scenic drive to the beginning of the the Riverside Walk. The plan was to get a first impression of the park and then to stop at the small side tracks on the the drive back. The drive was surprisingly short and took about 20 minutes. The Riverside Walk itself is a very easy and short path along the river up to the Narrows, in which you have to wade a bit to get to the part where it is just a

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Las Vegas

After a short detour to Los Angeles to pick up my camera that I forgot in my friend’s car the night before, we were on our way to Las Vegas. The drive was smooth and took about 4 hours. We arrived in the afternoon and had enough time to go up the Stratosphere tower for the sunset. The views are nice from up there, and it is impressive that they put a small amusement park with a couple of rides up there. At night time, we went for a walk on the Strip. We did not get far though, since

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Roadtrip in America’s Southwest

After a couple of days in Lake Forest, we started the road trip through America’s southwest. We only had about 4 days and booked all nights before, so the schedule was pretty much set. On the first day, we drove to Las Vegas, then to the Zion NP, to Page for the Antelope Canyon and the Horseshoe Bend, and finally to the Grand Canyon. Part of the fun was trying out new fast food chains and eating out at good Mexican diners, which are still rare to find in Berlin. The veggie version of the In & Out Burger (no

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Crystal Cove State Park, California

A short trip brought me to southern California, more precisely to the tiny suburb of Lake Forest located between Los Angeles and San Diego. There is not much going on there, but it is very close to the coast and to the Crystal Cove State Park. The park comprises a long stretch of sandy beach and a much bigger area inland which is quite hilly. With the sun up and burning, we sticked to beach part and enjoyed a walk on the shore. We came back  in the evening for the sunset, which was beautiful. Parking can be a bit

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Yosemite: Full moon rising at Sentinel Dome

On our way down from the tunnel view lookout, another hiker told us about a full moon rising hike to Sentinel Dome later this night. Since it was already quite late, we had to make the decision instantly to drive up Glacier Point Road to the meeting point. At first, I was a bit worried about losing our campsite at Summerdale by showing up past midnight. But luckily, my partner convinced me to take the opportunity of this one and only chance to see the sunset and the full moon rising from the tops of the Yosemite peaks. So instead

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