I am in the final stages of planning a 14 day vacation which comprises a total of 6 days in Las Vegas and an 8 day road trip covering part of the Grand Circle and would welcome any comments. The trip is planned for September 2014 (after Labor Day) with precise dates subject to flight prices from the UK and due to caring responsibilities in the UK we are limited to a maximum of 14 nights and are looking for some quality R + R time in Las Vegas alongside the road trip.
About Us - We are a couple in our mid 50s who prefer a relaxed schedule and try to avoid long driving days in excess of 300 miles and consecutive driving days wherever possible. We are past the stage of serious hiking but enjoy visiting National Parks as well as scenic drives and gentle walks. The draft plan is as follows:
Las Vegas - 3 nights in LV following flights from UK
Drive Las Vegas to Page - approx 275 miles
Question - I noticed it would not significantly increase the mileage to go via Zion NP and whilst we have visited Zion NP previously would it be worthwhile making an earlier start from Las Vegas to stop off in the park for a couple of hours or is there any other point between Las Vegas and Page that warrants a stop.
Page - 2 nights with a full day set aside to visit Horseshoe Bend and Upper Antelope Canyon
Drive Page to Mesa Verde via Four Corners - approx 225 miles
Basically a driving day with a photo stop visit to Four Corners arriving at Mesa Verde late afternoon.
Mesa Verde - 1 night
Spend the morning/early afternoon visiting Mesa Verde.
Drive Mesa Verde to Moab - approx 125 miles
Moab - 3 nights with 2 full days set aside to visit Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
Question - Should we set aside 1 day for each park or concentrate on one over the other.
Drive Moab to Torrey - approx 150 miles with a visit to Capitol Reef National Park en route
Torrey - 1 night
Drive Torrey to Bryce Canyon - approx 125 miles via Scenic Byway 12 with stops en route.
Question - Any suggestions on the must see stops on the Byway.
Bryce Canyon - 1 night
Drive Bryce Canyon to Las Vegas - approx 265 miles
Spend the morning/early afternoon visiting Bryce Canyon before returning to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas - 3 nights in LV followed by flights back to UK.
The GCNP and Monument Valley are missing because we have visited both of these previously and I realise we are spending very little time in Zion/Bryce Canyon but we have also been there before and the main focus of the road trip is the section from Page to Bryce Canyon via Mesa Verde/Moab/Torrey as these are areas that we have not previously visited.
Any and all comments/suggestions welcomed.