Sunday, February 26, 2012

Road Trip: St George, Utah and Zion's National Park

As a new (ish) mom, it's been a little more difficult lately to get my travel fix. I've been waiting to travel internationally until my daughter receives all of her "baby" immunizations, which will happen in a few short months at her 18-month appointment.  Until then, we've been satisfying our need for travel with road trips around our area in Utah!

Last spring some good friends invited us to spend a week in St. George, Utah with them, and although  everyone we spoke to thought we were crazy to do a 6 hour road trip with an infant, it ended up being a fantastic experience.

I like to fancy myself as something of a road trip expert, but road trippin' with a baby is a whole different ball game!  We discovered that lots of kid-friendly music (that we can also stand listening to) and frequent stops were a must, and although the 6 hour trip turned into more like 8 hours, we were rewarded with beautiful, warm weather, palm trees, and a dip in the pool at the end of it.  

We spent the week enjoying the sun, swimming, grilling on our condo's deck overlooking the pool, experiencing our first In-N-Out Burger, and shopping at the factory outlets. We also had a wonderful day visiting Zion's National Park.  An easy hike from the Temple of Sinawava trailhead was a perfect way to take in the scenery with a little one.

Have you taken a road trip with a baby/toddler?  Any tips you'd like to share?


  1. Glad to have found you on the blogosphere. We were just in Brian Head a couple of weeks ago and we drove from San Diego with Vegas pit stops. We're planning to return to do some of the parks in the summer. Our favorite travel accessory when our kids were toddlers was the DVD player and now it's the IPAD. It makes road trips a lot easier and quieter when they're busy in the back seat.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Mary. My daughter would love it if she could watch "Elmo" on the iPad while traveling :-)

      Brian Head is a beautiful area...I hope you enjoyed the trip!

  2. The national parks are gorgeous in Utah! We don't have a baby yet, but always came across couples travelling with DVD players -- keeps the kids occupied ;)

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kiran. I agree, we do have some incredible national parks here in Utah. And we've been trying to resist, but it seems that we'll be needing a DVD player/iPad soon!


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