I recently discovered this site and wish I had long ago. This is my first post in this forum and hoping for some advice or pointers.
Im from Buffalo, NY and will be heading out to Vegas in late May/early June for 10 days. I have done this with my girlfriend for the last few years and this year we want to expand our vacation out of the city for a few days and visit some of the great National Parks around. Last year we took a bus tour from our hotel to the Grand Canyon but we spent very little time at the Canyon and would like to go back. Out of the 10 days out west I will need to spend about 5 of them in Vegas for a WSOP poker tournament but I will have 5 days to spend elswhere. My initial plans are to rent a car and spend a couple nights heading east towards Zion NP and GC NP. Then heading back to Vegas. I would like to spend a couple of days seeing things like Death Valley, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire and if possible Sequoia National Park. I know Sequoia NP is a ways out, do you think it is worth the trip? Any ideas on how many days i shoud plan for varies legs or which order to do these in, or just plain leaves something out to spend more time at something better? Like ive said ive spent many days/weeks in the city of vegas, but never before rented a car their and ventured further than the the strip or freemont street.
I know it is alot of driving but i often go on long road trips for vacations and dont mind it. Any ideas or advice is greatly appreciated.