My friend and I are planning to spend about 5 days in southern Utah visiting the national parks. We definitely want to see Bryce and Arches. However, we are not sure whether to also include Zion, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands (we'll almost certainly do at least one of these, but we're not sure which/how many). In the parks, we'd probably spend our time driving the scenic routes, looking around the viewpoints, doing easy/moderate hikes of up to about 3 hrs on some of the days, and maybe going to ranger-led programs if there are any interesting ones going on while we're there.
I've been scouring guidebooks and websites, and I haven't found the answer to one important question I have - do these parks start to look the same if you visit all of them? If they do, which ones have the most unique scenery? Alternatively, we're concerned that if we went to just two or three parks, we might run out of things to see there, so maybe spending a day at each of the five would be fine. Can anyone whose been to these parks before give us some tips?