After twelve days on the road and six national parks ticked off our list, it was time for the grand finale of our epic American road trip: Zion National Park.
Although it was just mid-August that we rolled into Zion full of anticipation for one more outdoors adventure, it feels like years have passed since I was the carefree, suntanned person in these photos.
So much has changed in my life in seven weeks. I’ve moved back to Seattle, started a new job, reconnected with the responsibilities that come with adult life, and learned how to drive myself all over town again. I’ve also stopped wearing that orange workout top every other day. I know you noticed, don’t judge me!
It’s so wonderful to reflect on these photos and recall the peace and serenity that seem synonymous with Zion. The park is a retreat for the soul. That is the corniest line you’ll ever read on this site, but I’m sticking with it. Zion was downright zen.
My dad and I went on at least three hikes, rode the free shuttle bus all over the park, and relaxed in the comfort of our Zion Lodge cabin nestled between towering rock peaks.
It was bittersweet to pack up and drive out of the park on our last day. I hope I have the chance to road trip with this guy again, because there are a lot of national parks awaiting us. What a trip. Thank you, Dad. I’ll be reminiscing about this adventure for many years to come.
Know Before You Go:
- Zion National Park isn’t far from Bryce Canyon National Park. Try and see both during the same trip if you can.
- We stayed at the Zion Lodge but there are several hotels just outside the park entrance in Springdale.
- Like extreme sports? Congratulations, you’re crazy. Hike Angel’s Landing, one of the most dangerous hikes in the national parks system. Or you can be like me and just google it to induce a panic attack.