A (Horseshoe) Bend In The Road
A couple months ago, T and I grabbed our favorite road trip buddies, rented a car and headed down south. We drove 8 hours through the night to Las Vegas, 4 hours the next day to get to Horseshoe Bend, 4 hours the same day back to Las Vegas, and then drove the final 8 hours home the following morning. Ladies and gentlemen that is 24 hours driven in three short days. And if you're more of a visual person like me, we could have driven half way across the country within that same time frame.
I am definitely glad that we were able to check this natural beauty off of our bucket list, but I would not recommend our itinerary to anyone! We were pumped so full of energy drinks, and so physically exhausted by the end of it, we barely had the energy to enjoy the experience.
With that being said, there are a couple things that I can recommend though!
We loved staying in Vegas, it's close enough that you can see the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon all in one trip, but still have some night life to look forward to afterwards.
Give yourself some time to rest! I can't stress it enough. Even though it doesn't seem like it, driving can take a huge toll on your body and energy levels. By the time we got to our destination I was so tired I would be ready to turn back around and head home.
Although we didn't make it there on time this year, if you're doing this loop yourself I highly suggest prioritizing Antelope Canyon. The tours usually end about mid day, and there are a limited amount of people allowed in the canyon on a daily basis, so go here first and worry about horseshoe bend (which is just down the road), and the grand canyon on your way back to home base!