My BF and I will be travelling to Las Vegas in May and we are looking at going to Bryce 1 day and Zion 2. I know that Cedar City is not necessarily recommended for the parks, however I'd like to try and use hotel points if i can to cut down on cost. For Bryce I would probably just pay for the Ruby's Inn, however there are a lot of chain hotels in Cedar City for Zion that I have points with (Marriott and Holiday Inn Express), and the hotels in Zion are quite pricey. I know this will add an hour each way, but if the room is free, do you think it's worth the hassle?
Also, does anyone have suggestions for best routes? We're flying from Vegas, but we're coming from Florida, so it'll be a long first day. Originally I was thinking of flying from Vegas, getting in at noon, and driving to Bryce, but that's 7 hours of flight time + 4 hours of driving. That's a lot of time on our butts. Maybe it would be better to do Zion first and then Bryce, even though it'll be a long drive back to Vegas? I'd like to consider in-between cities I could stay at to cut down on costs so I can use my points, too, like Cedar City and such. But only if you think it's worth it.
I know there's a lot of ways to do this, so I thought I would consult everyone here. I'm also willing to add an extra day to see another park if you think it's worth it. Bf and I are not extreme hikers. I think a 2-3 hour hike is about my limit. I'm more about scenery.