Planning a trip to Bryce/Zion before Thanksgiving (before heading to LV for thanksgiving). We will be arriving at Bryce Canyon on 11/20, and be staying at Ruby Inn for 4 nights. So we have 3 full days to explore the region. We are 2 families each with 2 kids (11 and 13 yrs), reasonably fit--3-4 hr hikes are OK, beyond that the kids (or wives) might start to whine.
We will definitely explore Bryce by foot. so any suggestion for hiking routes given our condition and where we stayed (Ruby Inn in Bryce Canyon city)?
Then it's Zion. We are from bay area so we have been to Yosamite multiple times. I remember the last time I visited I feel it was similar to Yomasite. My worry is that the kids might get bored. Any suggestion what we can do (hiking route to take) to give them a different perspective?
Then there is this question of whether it is worth it to take a day to visit Capitol Reef.
Thank you for your kind suggestions. Oh, tips on which restaurants to try are welcome.