I live in Australia, but my partner and i will be in the US later this year for a month or so of travelling around. Towards the end she'll stay in NYC to work and i'll fly to Salt Lake City to see my beloved Jazz play the Spurs on a Friday night, before hitting the road for a mini road trip south into AZ and then eventually back to LA. The morning after the Jazz game I'll essentially have 5 days/4 nights to get back to LA.
I have pals in Kanab and Flagstaff, but I'm not yet sure of their availability.
What I was thinking was...
fri 15th Nov - SLC
sat - probably drive to Kanab/Zion
sun - don't know!
mon - probably Flagstaff
tue - don't know!
wed - longish drive to LA
What I'm hoping for is some guidance around what may be realistic. I'm interested catching as much natural beauty as possible and while I don't want to be driving through places and just checking them off a list, I'm not interested in more than small hikes either. Keen on seeing some of Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, MOAB/Arches (probably unrealistic if I head to Kanab first), GC Nth Rim (though i understand it may be closed). I'm quite keen on the idea of seeing Monument Valley, tbh.
Sorry, this is probably coming off super-vague and possibly naive. I've not been to Utah before and as someone who spends the majority of his life in moderate climate, I'm not sue what challenges the Utah/AZ weather might present. Any general advice or hints would be greatly appreciated.
Obviously I've just stumbled across this forum. Hoping it'll be a valuable resource of mine for a long time. Wish i'd seen it earlier to be honest! Would really appreciate any ideas.
Many thanks in advance.