Further to many recent mailings, I'd welcome comments on my planned circular tour from Vegas for late September.
I'd particularly like help with lodging.
We only have about 3 weeks, and knowing this is insufficient, I see it more as recce for future return trips.
My wife and I from London have just turned 60 and enjoy gentle hikes, new sights to photograph and good value food and lodging.
We will hire a basic SUV, and nervously brave occasional better gravel roads, but will also seek out a guided jeep off-road tour somewhere.
This itinerary will rarely top 200 miles in a day and should also allow time to just sit and look.
We hope to get good value from a $80 NPS Annual Pass.
Day 1. Arrive Las Vegas
Day 2. To Springdale for Zion Park.
Day 3. Zion Park.
Day 4. Zion Park via Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park to Bryce Park.
Day 5. Bryce Park.
Day 6. Bryce Park, via scenic Highway 12 to Torrey.
Day 8. Arches Park.
Day 9. Arches Park.
Day 10.Via Canyonlands Park to Monument Valley.
Day 11.Monument Valley.
Day 12.Monument Valley to Mesa Verde Park.
Day 13.Mesa Verde Park - end of afternoon to Durango.
Day 14.Durango to Silvertown return railroad trip.
Day 15.Durango to Albuquerque.
Day 16.Albuquerque for Balloon Festival.
Day 17.Albuquerque for Balloon Festival (side trip to Santa Fe).
Day 18.Via Route 66 to Grand Canyon Village.
Day 19.Grand Canyon (helicopter trip ?).
Day 20.Grand Canyon to Page.
Day 22.Via Coyote Buttes & Paria Canyon to Kanab.
Day 23.Kanab to Las Vegas.
Day 24.Fly home.