A Pacific Southwest Road Trip
Photos from a road trip across the Pacific Southwest of the USA in 2018
By Johannes Wienke
A series of photos taken along one of the typical road trip routes starting from Los Angeles including several national parks of the USA.
Starting point of the road trip following a conference was Los Angeles.
Zion National Park
The first national park along the route was Zion. This national park is a nice contrast to the others that followed because the nature is extremely pretty but the park is not that crowded compared to the more famous ones.
Not only the valley at Zion is pretty. Along the Kolob Reservoir Road you can also find some pretty nice spots to watch the sunset.
From Zion we headed towards Bryce Canyon. To get there, you have to follow the Zion Mount Carmel Highway that winds up Pine Creek Canyon.
Bryce Canyon was probably the most impressive experience. Unfortunately, we only had a single day to visit it. The next day, the forecast indicated snow and with a rental car with only summer tires we decided to better leave early.
From Bryce Canyon to Page
From Bryce Canyon we continued to Page with its various attractions nearby. Despite the bad weather forecast and adventurous stories found on the internet, we decided to take the Cottonwood Canyon Road. We made it without getting stuck.
Close before Page, one passes the impressive Glen Canyon Dam
Around Page: Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon
Page is a small town close to the Glen Canyon Dam and a few natural landmarks that have become very famous: Horse Show Bend and Antelope Canyon.
The next stop was Grand Canyon. We arrived in the evening and watched a beautiful sunset. The next morning everything was covered in clouds, rain, and snow.
Again, we left after only one night to avoid more heavy snow with the rental car.
Joshua Tree National Park
The next stop on our route back towards the coastal San Diego was Joshua Tree National Park.
An interesting hike outside the main valley area is 49 Palms Oasis.
The last stop on our road trip was the city of San Diego with its endless beaches.