I have a week off in November and I was thinking of flying into Las Vegas from Canada. I was hoping to split my trip so that I'd have some days in Las Vegas and some days visiting the famous scenery in the area.
My concern is that I will be rushing too quickly from point to point and spending too much time on the road and am wondering if I should cut some points out or plan it a little differently. Here is an approximation of what I want to do and see (and take pictures of which is why I'd like to be at the various canyons sort of at dawn or dusk):
Grand Canyon - south rim
Saturday, arrive around noon in Las Vegas at the airport. Pick up a rental car and drive via Hoover Dam to Sedona where I would spend the night (276 miles - 4:50 from google maps).
Sunday morning, look around Sedona, then later in the morning head to the south rim of the Grand Canyon (119 miles, 2:20) and spend the day. I would hopefully manage to get a reservation to sleep somewhere close to the south rim that night.
Monday morning, I would leave the Grand Canyon and head for Bryce Canyon (289 miles - 5:44), getting there mid-afternoon. Look around Bryce Canyon late afternoon and sunset. Sleep somewhere close by.
Tuesday morning, get up early to look around Bryce a little more then head for Zion Canyon (90 miles - 2:10). Spend the day at Zion Canyon and late afternoon or evening, head to Las Vegas (189 miles - 2:45).
Wednesday or Thursday, I'd probably take an SUV tour (organized tour) of Death Valley and spend the rest of the week till Sunday morning discovering Las Vegas.
Does this seem reasonable? Are there some places where I should really spend more time? Other things on the way that I should see? Are there any spots I should cut out (Bryce makes for quite a detour)?
Any suggestions would be welcome!
Thanks and regards,