Hello everyone. What a fantastic site this is, I've been reading it for months now trying to plan my honeymoon. But I've got to a point now that I need to ask advice!
We'll be leaving Yosemite (staying at Wawona) via Tioga pass, visit Bodie and Mono Lake / Mammoth lakes and head down to Death Valley, bypass Vegas and head to Utah, visit Zion and Bryce, round to South Rim GC (via Marble Canyon) for the 24th (booked into El Tovar 1 night) and into Vegas (via Peach Springs) for 2 nights before flying out to NY.
Friday 19th June - Tioga pass, Bodie, Mono
Saturday 20th June (not sure - DV)
Sunday 21st June (not sure - St George)
Monday 22nd June (not sure - Zion)
Tuesday 23rd June (not sure - Bryce)
Wednesday 24th June – 89 via Marble Canyon, GC South rim, overnight El Tovar
Thursday 25th June - drive to Vegas via Peach Springs, Hoover Dam, overnight Vegas
Friday 26th June - Vegas
Saturday 27th June - fly to NY
My question to you expert people is – as a first time road tripper, is this a lot to do?
I am now wondering if I should change the GC part to the North Rim, meaning overall fewer hours driving each day, (and maybe some back-tracking), although we would miss out on the Marble Canyon road I have heard is amazing, plus the portion of route 66. Would this be sensible?
many thanks for any help
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I think the outline you've created looks quite good and should be pretty easy for you. The only thing I might change is spending one less day on your DV/Zion/Bryce section, so you could spend a full day at the Grand Canyon before continuing onto Vegas.
I don't think you need to drop the South Rim in favor of the north, at least not because you'll be doing too much driving. You've got reasonable pace and it sounds like you'd like to cover the ground that you'll see by going to the South Rim.
Thanks so much for responding. I'm trying to work out the sorts of times between places, do you think these are about right?
wawona to bodie - 3 hrs
bodie to bishop - 2 hrs
bishop to dv - 3.5 hrs
dv - vegas 3 hrs
vegas to st george - 1 hr 45 mins
st george to zion - 1 hr
zion to bryce - 1 hr 45mins
bryce to GC south rim - 5.5 hrs
GC south rim to vegas - 5.5 hrs
How would you suggest I cut down the DV/Zion/Bryce bit - can Zion/Bryce be done in one hit and still get a good taste of them?
Also - any recommendations of where to stay en-route - $150 a night?
thanks very much
Add 10 to 20% to the times a mapping program gives you. You will need a few hours in Zion and Bryce to do them justice.
It will be easy to stay under $150 a night just about everywhere. There are hotels outside all the parks and in the larger towns enroute.
Instead of spending a night in St. George and then the next night at Zion, I'd just spend one night in the area, tour the park, and then continue Bryce that evening. You could see Bryce the next morning and start making your way south that afternoon. You wouldn't have to go all the way to the grand canyon, but you could at least cover a few miles so you have more time there the next day. Kanab UT or Page AZ might be good areas to aim for.
If you spend the night in Page, I do *NOT* recommend the Super 8. Overpriced, poorly maintained, broken wifi, and indifferent service.
I like the Holiday Inn Expresss in Kanab
Nice hot tub and good comfortable rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Kanab. Here's a trip report that goes roughly where you're headed....
I agree with Michael, if you have no reason to stop in St George carry on to the lovely little town of Springdale on the doorstep of Zion NP for the night .
Although the mileages are fine, keep in mind you could easily spend a half day crossing Tioga with all it's wonderful views and the same at Bodie, a day in Death Valley,a couple in Zion and so on. You can do the trip but expect to keep busy.
A bit clearer.....
Thanks so much for the advice all, I have decided to do this plan below - so if you see any ridiculous oversights please shout!!
Friday - Tioga pass, Bodie, Mono, head towards Bishop for sleep.
Saturday - head to DV, sleep Furnace Creek
Sunday - drive to Zion, sleep Springdale
Monday - Zion, sleep Springdale
Tuesday - Bryce, sleep Kanab
Wednesday - early start, GC afternoon, sleep El Tovar
Thursday - morning GC, drive to Vegas
I know I havent got as long as I should at GC but I think I can get a sunset and sunrise plus a limited hike.
Looks good !
Your trip looks fine to me!
You will see some amazing and diverse landscapes along the way and I can't think of a better drive in less than a week. When you approach the East entrance to the GC [Desert view drive] you will get your first views of the Colorado entering the canyon at the Old watch tower. There are some good view points along the way and should set you up for a nice sunset from one of the viewpoints near the village. In the morning before heading to Vegas you could take the free shuttle bus up to Hermits rest and hop on and off at other various viewpoints.
If you get an early enough start from Kanab you might even fancy a wander around the
Cameron trading post and even grab a bite to eat. It is a bit commercialised but the shops are fascinating none the less.
I hope you have a great time and would be pleased if you could pop by and share your experience with us on your return.