If you were to ask someone that has never been to the USA to conjure up an image of the country, you'd probably get a varied set of responses. Some people picture the big cities in the Northeast like New York & Boston. Others picture the Whitehouse in D.C or the beaches of California & Florida. For me, one of the visions I had of the USA was of the Southwest – Canyons, Indians, Desert, and driving on wide, open roads in an old 70's convertible.

Since moving to Oklahoma, we've moved a little closer to that region of the country and after reading numerous other photographers adventures into this area of the country and seeing all of those amazing photos, Michelle & I decided to take a 1.5 week holiday to go and see this part of the country.

The only thing different to my imaginary vision of this trip was that
a) I didn't have a convertible car. Instead I had our trusty little gas-sipper Honda Fit and
b) I wasn't wearing a cowboy hat or boots for the ride.

So it was on a cloudy, very windy day on April 2nd that I set off from Oklahoma City to Arizona & Utah (I had 2 days head start before meeting Michelle on April 5th for the Grand Canyon). I had high hopes of seeing more things than we eventually did, but once we arrived there it was soon apparent that there was no way 1 day in any one place was enough time to look at some really amazing scenery.

These photos are some of my favourite.
April 3rd - Canyon De Chelly National Monument / Holbrook
April 4th - Painted Desert & Petrified Forest / Meteor Crater
April 5th - Grand Canyon
April 6th - Grand Canyon
April 7th - Page / Antelope Slot Canyon
April 8th - Monument Valley
April 9th - Drive onto Utah.

Southwest Road Trip

Southwest Road Trip

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Sunrise to Sunset

Grand Canyon Sunrise to Sunset

Lower Antelope Slot Canyon

Lower Antelope Slot Canyon

Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Monument Valley Sunrise to Set

Monument Valley Sunrise to Set

Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Holbrook

Holbrook

Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater

Sunset in Page, AZ

Sunset in Page, AZ

Painted Desert & Petrified Forest

Painted Desert & Petrified Forest

Panoramas

Panoramas