Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Arizona Travel Reviews…How we did it all in 24 hours with a baby
I have never had more people ask my about one of our adventures this year than I did after I posted Antelope Canyon Pictures on Facebook. It’s clear as to why people were so curious…the pictures (even shot on my point and shoot camera and my iPhone) are amazing. It is without a doubt the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. We were really surprised when we were some of the only Americans both at the resort we stayed at and on the Antelope Canyon tour…so I figured the word needs to get out! It is a 4.5 hour drive from Las Vegas, about the same from Phoenix, 2 hour and 45 minute drive from Sedona and less than 2 hours from the Grand Canyon. My point is, if you are doing an Arizona vacation, make time to go see this. I’m going to break down everything we did in 24 hours.
1) Stay at the Lake Powell Resort. I would suggest doing this instead of staying in the town of Page, Arizona. Here’s why: it’s beautiful, very peaceful and you can have time to explore the lake. Antelope Canyon is tour based, so it makes more sense to stay at the lake and enjoy the views and then go on your Antelope Canyon tour the following day. If you have more time than we did…look into renting a house boat with friends. They looked amazing! This is in the Glen Canyon National Recreation area, so you do have to pay a fee to enter the resort area.
2) Eat lunch at the Driftwood Lounge. The food was great here. Andy had a short rib sandwich that was definitely drool worthy. They also had a full bar, complete with some local beers on tap.
3) Go on the Nature Walk. There’s a long paved path outside the Resort, go for a short stroll.
3) Take a Boat Tour. We did the shortest tour since we had our 1-year-old with us. You meet for the tour in Lake Powell Resort’s Lobby…just another reason to stay there. The tour was $45 dollars each and we got a slight discount with Triple A. The boat was crowded and therefore not my favorite part of the trip, but it is pretty much the only way to see the lake. If you have your heart set on going at a specific time, I would suggest calling before you get to resort to make a reservation.
4) Pack some wine and snacks. We had a fridge in our room so we made sure to pack some appetizers for us and food for our 1-year-old. It was lovely having a glass of wine on our lake front balcony before dinner.
5) Eat at the Rainbow Room. We brought the stroller and the iPad to entertain Vi and were able to enjoy dinner here. Both of our meals were lovely.
6) Balcony. End the day with a glass of wine on the balcony while the little one sleeps OR if you don’t have any kids with you, go down to one of the pools and enjoy the fire pits!
7) Coffee. Alright, here is my only complaint about the resort, they had one barista working the coffee shop. We probably waited in line for 30 minutes to get a breakfast pastry and coffee. Here’s what I would do instead: bring breakfast items to put in your fridge. The room has a Keurig, which was great, but we didn’t think about packing breakfast food. Disclaimer to this: There is nothing near the resort. Unless you drive into Page, you are in the middle of no where. We were able to bring food because it was a 4.5 hour drive and we brought a cooler.
Here are some pictures from Lake Powell:
1) Drive to Antelope Canyon. After you’ve had your morning coffee, make the 20 minute drive to Antelope Canyon. MAKE SURE YOU BRING CASH! Antelope Canyon is on a Navajo land and they do not take credit cards. I don’t remember how much it cost, I think it was in the 30 dollar range per person, but they only take cash. If you forget you have to drive 2 miles to a gas station for an ATM…which we did.
2) Lower Antelope Canyon. We read and heard from people at the Resort that Lower Antelope Canyon was less crowded, so we chose to do the lower canyon tour. We loved it. We did the 9:15 tour and the lighting inside the canyon was great. Our tour guide was amazing, too. He knew all of the spots to take pictures and we really appreciated his help. The tour lasts a little over a hour. Bring a baby carrier if you have little ones. Disclaimer: You have to go up and down tiny little stairs inside the canyon, so you do have to be extra careful if you have kids with you. Enough Talking, here’s the pictures you want to see.
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