So, I am so excited to finally share my Spring Break with y’all. I have been so busy with school because it is getting close to the end of the semester. This passed break I went on a family road trip and my best friend, Jamie joined us. It was definitely a trip to remember. We decided to drive because there was so much to see; it was for sure an adventure.
Our first stop was “The Big Texan” it is located in Amarillo, Tx.
Of course, we had to stop at this famous restaurant that is known for their 72oz steak challenge. I mean they could be known for their 8oz steak itself because it was amazing. You must try one of their signature items, fried mushrooms with ranch! So good! I had to order two appetizers because everything looked amazing. I also got Smothered Barbeque Steak Fries… I know I am guilty. I actually ate that one quick that I didn’t get to get a picture, oops! I wanted to try a piece of their chocolate or carrot cake but I was way too full and had a long drive ahead of me. This place is so cute and super southern inspired. They have a gift shop inside and a bar full of craft beers.
Next Stop was Utah!!!
I never thought I would find myself in Utah. I loved everything about Utah! If you are going to visit here you have to go see the arches in Moab! It is quite the hike but definitely worth the workout. Salt Lake City was absolutely beautiful. The city is right in the middle of the mountains and I got to learn about a different culture. Nothing surprising that I went to go visit their Nordstrom, haha!
We stayed at Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground and we loved the cute little cabin we stayed in! The environment here is awesome and it was definitely clean. I loved waking up and seeing the mountains in every direction, very relaxing. There is life size chess, swimming pool, and a playground for the kids on site. I rate this place five stars for sure.
Pictures do not do this place justice. It is literally the most beautiful place I’ve seen yet. It is about a 5-6 mile hike to the arch in Moab, it was breathtaking. I want to go back! If you ever do this hike make sure you go prepared. I did not bring enough water when I went but luckily I made it. I would say it took us about 45 minutes to finally get to the top.
Our first night in Moab, Utah we went to this delicious Italian restaurant, Pasta Jay’s. It was a late night after our hike and everything closes early and Pasta Jay’s happened to be open. We checked it out and we found ourselves back there again. Their food tasted fresh and very filling. I got the Ravioli and Minestrone soup.
Next morning, we brunched it up at Peace Tree Juice Cafe. It was the perfect brunch spot to have a latte or mimosa with your meal. I started my day with an Acai Bowl. My mom had the green eggs and ham and Greg got a chicken sandwich. If you are looking for an energy boosting meal you need to come here.
Next stop, Park City, Utah!!!
Yay, so this is Jamie, she was featured in one of my previous blogs. She arrived a few days later after the trip in Salt Lake City, Utah. We stayed at the Newpark Resort and Hotel in Park City, Utah. We were surrounded by a bunch of shops and restaurants.
Meet Tina, my beautiful mother. We were like The Three Musketeers the whole trip.
Top things to do in Park City is skiing, ride the Alpine Slide (make sure you follow instructions on the slide because I did not, haha), the art galleries, and the horse sleigh ride. Also, visit Salt Lake City… the outside mall is amazing.
Ok, I am obsessed with ramen I had to try it in Park City. Jamie and I went to Sushi Blue for a late night dinner after an all-day adventure. We also got a spicy tuna roll and it was amazing and made right in front of us. I recommend this place for sure. They have a very exotic sushi menu, which is why I love this place.
If you happen to be in Park City you have to go to Atticus Coffee, Books & Tea House on Main St. They have the best lavender latte I have ever tried. I had a yummy quiche on the side. I loved it because I was a bookstore/ hole in the wall coffee shop. It definitely had that urban feel.
Our next destination, Durango, Colorado!!!
On Main Ave in Durango, there were the cutest little boutiques. There is so much to do and so many restaurants to choose from. One of my favorite stores on the strip was The Urban Market. They literally have everything and I found the best hand cream there.
An employee at The Urban Market recommended The Bookcase and Barber to us for a casual girls night out. It is a speakeasy that is a barbershop during the day. In order to get in you must know the password (they will let you in any way). The password that night was, “where can you find a blind pig?”. Clever, huh? They had the best Raspberry infused vodka drink with sprinkled chocolate on top. It was a specialty drink that was not on the menu that the bartender recommended.
Off to New Mexico we go!!!
White Sands National Park is gorgeous. It is located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This stop made this whole trip worth driving since it was on our way back to Dallas. Funny Story, the first picture of me and Jamie where Jamie is throwing the sand in the air was the only shot we took because all of the sand ended up on my face after it was thrown in the air and that was not a great feeling, haha good times.
Finally, back in Texas!!!
I’ve always wanted to visit the Prada Marfa in Valentine, Tx. It was a little out of our way but worth the experience. The Prada Marfa is a sculpture and was created in 2005 by artists, Elmgreen and Dragset. If you visit Valentine, Tx bring a lock with you to leave a memory on the fence behind the sculpture.
This road trip was none stop adventures and I loved every bit of it. I was having so much fun putting all of my photos together for this blog I decided to make a vlog as well (on my Instagram). If you ever go to Colorado or Utah I hope I helped with a few destinations along the way if you are up for the drive. I had a blast! I can’t wait to share my next trip with y’all.
xoxo, Mary Alexius