I'm planning a short road trip in southwest Utah mid-May. Basically, i'll be starting out at Phoenix, driving to Monument Valley & on to Bryce Canyon & Zion, before heading to Las Vegas. As my time is limited, i'd really appreciate any advice you might have, especially on the drive from MV to Bryce. My suggested itinerary is below, any advice on if my driving times are about right would be a real help too!...
15th May - Arrive Phoenix at 10am, drive to MV (6 hrs?) Overnight in Bryce.
16th May - Depart MV approx 1pm, drive to Bryce (5 hrs via Page / 7.5 hrs via Mexican Hat/Hanksville/Escalante?) Overnight in Bryce
17th May - Day in Bryce, overnight in Bryce
18th May - Drive to Zion (2 hrs?) Overnight in Zion
19th May - Drive to Las Vegas (3 hrs?)
I've been told the route MV to Bryce that goes via Mexican Hat / Goosenecks / Hanksville / Capitol Reef / Escalante is a far more scenic drive than via Page - would you tend to agree that it's worth the extra drive time to go that route? Would it be better to stay overnight en route to Bryce rather than trying to do the whole trip in one day? If so any particular recommended areas for this? I'm worried about not having enough time in Bryce...
Also - we're thinking of hiring a convertable for this trip - do you think that would be suitable for all the roads (including the 17mile loop around MV)?
Also, people have suggested the Grand Canyon, but i've visited there in the past
Any advice at all i'd really appreciate!
Thanks in advance!