My husband and I are planning to do the Shorter Grand Circle ( without Moab area ) tour at the end of December. We decided to skip Moab area as there is a lot to do in that area and we didn't want to give just 2 days - hopefully we will visit that area again for longer time and will enjoy better. We have done some basic planning as below, any suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated. **Please note that we will be visiting during last two weeks of December**
day 1 Fly to Vegas Early, drive about 4.5 hrs to Grand Canyons south rim (night in GC)
day 2 Spend whole day in Grand Canyon (night in GC)
day 3 Drive about 3.5 hrs. to Page - go to Lake Powell, Horseshoe Band (night in Page)
day 4 Go to Antelope Canyon, The Wave? (night in Page)
day 5 Drive about 3 hrs. to Monument Valley and do tour (night in MV).
day 6 Optional early morning Wildcat hike, and then about 5 hrs. drive to Torrey via
Gooseneck park, Mulie point, Moki Dugway, Natural Bridges, Capitol Reef national park. (night in Torrey).
QUESTION: is this possible in 1 day or should we do Capitol reef next day?
day 7 2.5 hrs. drive on scenic byway 12 to Bryce, spend afternoon/even time in Bryce (night in Bryce).
day 8 3 hrs. drive to Zion (night in Zion).
day 9 whole day in Zion (night in Zion).
day 10 2.5 hrs. drive to Vegas
So is doable? Are there any red flags that we should be worrying about? Are we spending too little or too much time in one place and should we make some changes? Do we need any special permits for anything? Any other "Gotchas" or tourist traps we should be aware about? Anything we are missing out on this route that we should add? Any must have experiences/ hotels/ restaurants on this route?
Thank you in advance for any suggestions!