I am new(er) to the forum & am planning a trip in mid to late August 2013 to Utah. (My wife & I on New Year's Eve pick a new unvisited state out of a hat & plan a 14-15 day trip) We chose Utah & basically the question is this: My wife & I aren't huge outdoorsy people (we'll like but not off the beaten path so to speak), but we respect the beauty & wonder of the country & we'd like to see the wonderful sights Utah has to offer. We'd like to do the 5 southern National Parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands & Arches) within our trip, but we don't want it to be overkill in terms of a wild-goose chase to get from 1 park to another nor do we want it to be "Look Hun, Zion" & move on to the next park. We also however have aspirations of driving up to Salt Lake City & doing sights in northern Utah if that is feasible within the 2 week period. I've done quite a bit of research online already in terms of driving times, distances, etc., but i guess the initial questions are:
1. Do we fly into Salt Lake City (flight & car prices aren't a huge factor as much as convenience is), spend some time there, then head south to the National Parks & then loop back to SLC, OR
2. Do we fly to Vegas (which we've been to so we know the lay of the land there) & drive to southwestern Utah, do the National Parks & then loop up to SLC (& a few Utah points north), then loop all the way back down to LV & leave from there.
3. do we fly into LV, then do the National Parks & then backtrack back to LV skipping the 'rest of Utah'?
We absolutely try to limit our driving in 1 day to approximately 120-150 miles so we can "do stuff" whether it be a museum or sights so we don't feel like all we've done is drive & I always find something to do no matter where we go. We also have no problem simply cutting a long drive in half, spending the night somewhere just for R&R (laundry, mail souvenirs, etc.,) & then picking up the drive the next morning...
Figuring things out like hotels is a secondary issue; I am aware that prices are high & locations limited, but that's for another post :)
If this helps, we are experienced roadtrippers so we travel w/plenty of supplies (food, drinks, etc.,).
Sorry if the post is long-winded, I guess I have quite a few ideas & questions which I'd be glad to further explain.
Again, I am not leaving until August 17, so I have plenty of time to 'figure' things out.
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