So three friends of mine and I will be flying into Salt Lake City in a few weeks and driving to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. We have two very different but also very exciting choices for after we leave Yellowstone.
The first is to travel southwest to Carson City, NV while stopping in Twin Falls, ID and other places along the way. Then, go to Lake Tahoe to visit Emerald Bay and the area they shot Godfather 2. After, we would go to Yosemite and make out way back to Salt Lake also stopping in places along the way. Obviously these are long drives but we are willing to do night drives and such. Camping is the lodging of choice for Yosemite and I'm aware of the busy lodging schedule but I assume there will be available campsites?
The Second choice is to drive back down from Yellowstone to Southern Utah to visit Moab, Arches National Park, Monument Valley, Page, AZ, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park.
The overall driving time for the first choice is about 36 hours and the second choice is 29 hours. Obviously there is a ton of great things to see and do along the way of each place but I thought a seasoned or an experienced traveller to these places would have great insight into this toss up dilemma. I appreciate any info very much.