Saturday, September 19, 2015

Update: Planning my Utah saga

I'm heading west to Utah.

Starting bright and early on Thursday morning, I'll be flying solo to Salt Lake City, with a short layover in my favorite state's capital, Denver, to fill the next ten days with pure exploring of Utah. This is a state filled with tall peaks, canyons, and endless desert. I've never been to the 45th state before so I plan to make it the utmost best of a journey. Utah is known for its incredible national parks and other beyond-words landscapes and natural attractions. I've got a vagabond spirit in me so I'll be living out of a tent at campgrounds, backpacking for multiple nights and if need be- sleep in the back of the rental car if conditions don't allow for setting up a tent.

I'm flying on what I'm convinced is the best airline in the country, Southwest, who had $400 round-trip flights with two free checked bags, a treasured rarity in airline travel. To bring total costs down even more, I was able to use a $200 rewards credit through Barclay's awesome Arrival credit card, which after three months and $1,000 in spending, I earned more than 20,000 miles. I'd recommend getting this crazy-good, mileage-earning credit card with no annual fee for any travelers out there. 

The renting of a car came from Advantage, who gave me a brand new, Mitsubishi Outlander GT with four-wheel-drive for a steal at just shy of $280 for ten days. Check your travel credit card company's insurance coverage for rental cars, as it'll save you hundreds of dollars at the rental company's counter when you decline their insurance, trust me on this.

Just a few destinations on my itinerary include: 
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Monument Valley
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Capital Reef National Park
  • Calf Creek Falls
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • Natural Bridges National Monument

This is just the beginning of something grand.