Trying to narrow down this list to only 10 favorites was a lot
harder than I expected it to be! I went to so many amazing
places in 2021 where I made some great memories and I can’t
wait to return to them. Hope you enjoy taking a look at 10 of
my favorite stops of 2021 and hopefully you can find some new places
to add to your travel list. 😉
There will never be a time when Moab is not on my list
for top travel places. Sorry not sorry. Lol It has become my
home away from home and a place I MUST visit at least once
a year. If you haven’t been you need to go ASAP especially if
you love outdoor adventures. You can do everything here from
hiking, to rafting on the Colorado River, to canyoneering, even
ziplining! Plus there are two national parks and mountains close by. My
highlight from this year’s trip there was driving on the Shafer Trail with my friend Kristin!
Death Valley National Park
I was honestly surprised by how much I loved Death Valley.
I figured it was a boring hot wasteland with nothing to do or
see, but man was I wrong. This park is STUNNING and it feels
like you are on a whole other planet. Totally worth dealing
with the heat. I cannot wait to return! (Death Valley article here!)
White Sands National Park
I had never been a fan of going places where you will wind up
leaving with sand in all the wrong places, but I would return
to this national park in a heartbeat. It is straight up gorgeous and
I had an absolute blast traipsing up and down the sand dunes.
Joshua Tree National Park
This is the park that sparked my entire spring road trip and
y’all it did not disappoint in the slightest. I loved getting to
see the Joshua Trees in person and even though the park was
busy AF and I didn’t get to do the things I had on my list I was
still able to find some amazing views and make the most of my
time there. I cannot wait to return this spring!
The Conjuring House
I feel like I would have gotten yelled at if this one didn’t make
the list. Lol Even though I was terrified almost the entire time I
was there I will never stop bragging about how I survived a night
in the house and saw a ton of activity while I was there!
Talk about a conversation starter! (Read more about my night here!)
The Lizzie Borden House
Another iconic spook place that had to make the list. I might
not have gotten a great night of sleep, but it was a very
cool experience that I would definitely do again…with friends. lol
(You can read about my night in the house here!)
This national park is the one that surprised me the most in 2021.
I didn’t think I would like this park at all, but I was in awe from
the first scenic viewpoint. Good thing it was cold and snowy
when I was there because otherwise I would have probably been
eating a lot of bugs with the way my jaw was constantly dragging on the ground.
(Read more about Bryce Canyon here!)
I wasn’t in Palm Springs for very long, but I remember it being
one of the most chill places that I visited this past year. I was
obsessed with my hotel (The Saguaro) and the scenery was
gorgeous. I was planning my next trip back before I even left.
(Fingers crossed for this spring!)
By the end of Halloween day in Salem my cheeks hurt from smiling so much.
I seriously don’t think that a smile ever left my face
while I was here. I loved every second of it. (Halloween in Salem article here.)
Grand Staircase Escalante
There were some extremely long hikes in this park and the
temps were well in the high 80s-90s, but I didn’t care.
Well…okay I cared a little bit, however I was having so much
fun and looking at such beautiful scenes that in the end it really
didn’t matter all that much. I remember being so happy walking
the trail to Lower creek falls with Leave Her Wild by Tyler Rich on repeat
and dancing like no one was watching (which I really hope was
true because I am NOT a dancer lol). This was also the place where
I faced my claustrophobia and went into a slot canyon! I met some
really nice guys while in there who helped me get through it. I really
don’t know if I would have made it without them so thank you Willis and Eli from Provo!
While the parking in Sedona was absolutely ridiculous (especially
in my huge Ford truck) every hike I went on was breathtakingly
beautiful and I met some really cool people including a guy
named James who totally saved my butt more than once
on the trail for Cathedral Rock. Thanks bud.
Saguaro National Park
Miles and miles of cacti? I mean…that right there makes it worthy
of a spot as a favorite place! I LOVED my time in Saguaro and getting
to see all the MASSIVE cacti. Like seriously some of them had to be
like well over 20 feet tall. It made me feel like I was
in a western movie and I even saw some huge tumbleweeds. lol
Only thing that would have made it better was if
Scott Eastwood or Jensen Ackles (in cowboy hats, boots, and wranglers of course)
had been there with me. lol (Read more about my time in the park here.)