I'm planning a trip to Utah arriving in SLC midday on September 14, and flying out of SLC late night on September 23. We are planning to spend a few hours fishing the Provo river (or wherever my significant other decides to fish, not my call). We have camping reservations at the North Rim Campground at GCNP for the nights of September 15, 16, and 17 and are looking for a good town to spend the night of September 14 to break up our drive, maybe a couple hours south of Provo. We just need a motel or hotel to go to sleep and continue on our journey the next day, preferably somewhere with a restaurant or two that are open late. Any suggestions?
My second question involves the rest of our itinerary. After spending 3 nights at GCNP we are planning to leave the morning of the 18th to camp in Zion, followed by visits to Bryce and Capitol Reef. Any suggestions on how many nights to spend in each? I was thinking 3 nights in Zion, then spend the day in Bryce (getting there early in the morning and staying until sunset) before spending the next 2 nights in Capitol Reef. Is that enough time to enjoy Bryce Canyon? I know there is a lot to enjoy in between Bryce and Capitol Reef so I'm worried about missing things along the way by driving at night. Would it make more sense to spend a night in Bryce Canyon and continue on our journey the next morning? Or would it make more sense to spend only 2 nights in Zion, then 1 night at Bryce followed by 2 at Capitol Reef? Would love to hear suggestions. Thank you.