A friend and me have planned to visit different Utah and the Grand Canyon. It is a 5 day trip (May, 17th to May 21st). We will be flying back from SLC on 22nd. We are not planning on camping and will be staying at motels/inns throughout the trip. This is our plan:
May 17th : Drive from SLC to Bryce Canyon. We have already booked a stay at Harold's Place Inn closer to that area.
May 18th : Drive to Page, AZ from Bryce area. Booked a motel for the night (Rodeway Inn, Page, AZ)
May 19th : Tour the Antelope canyon near Page, AZ. Drive to Grand Canyon. If possible drive around the Grand Canyon area. We only plan to spend 1 day here, which rules out hiking down into the Canyon. We only plan to drive around it stopping intermittently. Please suggest anything good near here for 1 day. We have not yet reserved a place to stay in the Grand Canyon area, but will do soon. Any places to stay are welcome. I have seen good reviews for the Red Feather Lodge among the places to stay within our budget.
May 20th: This is where I will need some advice. I was initially thinking of going to Capitol Reef area via Hanksville, UT and stop for the night at Torrey, UT (Hwy 95). On further research I realized even the Arches National Park area is worth a visit, which means I will have to go through Moab, UT (Hwy 191). Please suggest which would be a better route. In short, which place is better: Capitol Reef or Arches National. I do no think we will be hiking extensively on this trip.
May 21st: Drive back to SLC. I have heard I-70 through the San Rafael Swell is beautiful and also the Hwy 128 near Moab is scenic.
May 22nd : Fly out of SLC
Please let me know if this itinerary sounds doable and most importantly enjoyable. I am still undecided about the return route from Grand Canyon to Salt lake City. Any advice on this will be greatly appreciated.