We are a family visiting from Australia. Our children are 17 and 20.
Our itinerary is to spend time in San Francisco, then visit the Grand Canyon.
However the more I read, the greater is our interest in also visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument valley, arches, canyonlands nation parks and places like horseshoe bend. I have not driven in the US and want to know if it will be easy to navigate. I have read lots of threads and understand people's views on having maps etc.
I have a number of questions I am hoping people might assist me with.
We can allocate 10-14 days travelling from San Francisco and doing the trip below.
My thought are:
Flagstaff or Cameron spending 2 nights at the Grand Canyon
Page 2 nights horseshoe bend ? Other recommendations
Moab 2/3 nights Arches/canyonlands
Springdale 2 nights Zion/Bryce Canyon
Las Vegas 2/3 nights
Fly back to Aus
How does this itinerary look? Is the balance right, have I allocated sufficient time to each spot. We like to do some hiking, nothing over the top though. Also open to guided tours from each location. Where is the best place to stay for monument valley, we want to take a couple Navajo tours.
Any recommendations on accomodation at each stay would be appreciated . Should we stay closer to Bryce Canyon?
On our way west my wife wants us to go down the coast initially to visit San Simeon, I was thinking about cutting back through Death Valley, worth while??
Look forward to any responses