This is my 1st post in Utah forum for 1st trip to Utah's National Parks. Hoping to make trip in mid /late April or early May & have 8-9 days NOT counting arrival & departures day. Flying in & out of Vegas.
I've spent a lot of time on TA & on roadtrippers.com trying to figure out where to go & how much time to spend where - this is a TOUGH itinerary to plan since there are SO many places to see. We don't mind a lot of driving (did 1,000+ miles last year seeing Yellowstone & Grand Tetons) BUT we want do some hiking (easy), & not just 'drive by' places!
So I am not including Grand Canyon /Monument Valley given our 8-9 day time frame.
Advice /feedback on tentative itinerary below would be greatly appreciated!
(what to see & do in N.P.s, hikes to take, places other than N.P.s, places to stay & eat, general 'road trip' tips for this trip, etc.)
Day 1: fly into Vegas. Car rental recommendations? Modest hotel / motel for easy drive OUT the next day?
Day 2: early start & drive to Moab. Spend day getting there. Ideas on a couple stops along the way?
(3 nights in Moab)
Day 3: Arches N.P.
Day 4: Arches N.P. Other park / place to see?
Day 5: early start & drive to Torrey - Capitol Reef N.P. this day. Overnight in Torrey.
Day 6: spend day driving Rte 12. What to see & do on this route? Stay near Bryce. Sunset in Bryce.
Day 7: Bryce Canyon N.P. sunrise & some of day & drive to Zion
Day 8: Zion N.P.
Day 9: Zion N.P.
Day 10: depart from Vegas
THANKS for any & all suggestions. Like some historical sights, beer & wine places, great scenery (duh!) and easy hikes... any 'easy' slot canyon to do?? And what is weather like mid-late April or early May??