One of the challenges to planning out the Grand Circle trip was that we only had eight days so we really had to plan for places that were along the way. And I also needed to plan something along the way that didn’t involve strenuous hiking to appease my boyfriend and the kid I was dragging along on this trip. Glen Canyon fit the bill because it was good place to stop between Zion and the south rim, was central to a lot of cool stuff like Antelope Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, and Lake Powell offered plenty of non-hiking activities. We stayed at Lake Powell Resort and Marina which has an incredible view of the lake and a pool so it’s a good spot for a family vacation.
I honestly I have mixed feelings on this portion of the trip. There are two major touristy spots, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Zion and the Grand Canyon are obviously touristy spots as well but there is so much to do in both of those locations that it is possible to somewhat avoid the crowds. But Antelope Bend is basically just one spot that a lot of people visit to take a picture, there isn’t anything else around it. And Antelope Canyon is accessible only by private tours and is extremely crowded. All the reviews you see about it and people commenting on “being herded like cattle” is accurate. Both locations are very unique and pretty. I’ m glad I saw them. I’ll probably never go back. We didn’t get a chance to visit Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument which I very much regret. That might bring me back to this area someday. Also Lake Powell is a very popular house boating destination so that might be a more unique way to spend time in the area.